With the return of the Premier League, Manchester United's trip to Liverpool takes the limelight this week, but there's football happening elsewhere in England too. Here, you can get briefed on all the action.
Liverpool Vs Manchester United, Saturday, 15 October, 11:45 GMT
The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool may have fallen behind that of the Manchester derby, but with the Merseyside club finding their financial bearings and strengthening themselves over the summer, the rivalry is on its way back to what it once was.
Liverpool have begun the season impressively, despite playing a much-changed side, and manager Kenny Dalglish has got the team to iron out results, even when not playing particularly well. Although they aren't expected to pose a serious jilt for the title this year, they have begun their revival and ought to be a force to reckon with next season.
Following back-to-back victories over Wolves and Everton, importantly, confidence will be high at Anfield, especially with captain Steven Gerrard set to make his return to the starting line-up for the first time since the 3-1 win over United in March, earlier this year. That match aggravated a groin injury and he has since been on the mend. Liverpool have handled his injury with caution, and after making three substitute appearances so far this season, he appears to finally be ready to take up his starting berth. Summer signing Charlie Adam could be dropped to the bench, to make room for the skipper if Dalglish opts against a switch to a five-man midfield.
Coincidentally, Man United skipper Nemanja Vidic will also make his return to the team after recovering from a calf injury, sustained in the opening day victory at West Brom. It will provide a welcome relief to Sir Alex Ferguson who has seen his young defenders, namely Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, look shaky after impressing in the early days of the season. Vidic's experience is a timely boost for under pressure keeper David De Gea too, who has had to face 97 shots so far this season - the most conceded by any other Premiership side.
United won 2-0 against Norwich City, before the international break, but were under threat from the Canaries on more occasions than one. It came after successive draws against FC Basel and Stoke City and some may say the international break came at the right time for United to pull themselves together.
However, Wayne Rooney's mindless red card for England against Montenegro gives United unnecessary pressure to deal with and it puts the 25-year-old under scrutiny. He played against Montenegro amidts doubts of his state of mind as it came after his father's arrest by a police investigation of a football betting scam. The spotlight will be on the player yet again and Ferguson is sure to warn him of the perils of falling to the inevitable taunts and jeers from Anfield.
Liverpool have won four of their previous home games against Man United, but will be well aware of the threats posed by the visitors. Both teams are expected to be rusty, after the international break, and a draw would be welcomed by both managers.
Prediction - Liverpool 1-1 Manchester United.
Chelsea Vs Everton, Saturday, 15 October, 16:30 GMT
Chelsea will host their 'bogey team' Everton at Stamford Bridge in Saturday's late kick-off in the Premiership.
The Londoners have, so far, made full use of the reduced spell under the spotlight, quietly stringing together a run of victories while the Andre Villas-Boas model takes shape. Juan Mata, with his creativity in the middle, is becoming the engine of the side while passing and movement as a whole has improved. It is a far cry from the days when Chelsea had to endure taunts of being boring under Jose Mourinho's pragmatism and functionality.
Following the previous international break, Chelsea improved greatly as Villas-Boas used the break to think up of ways to gel his new side. It worked as they won six of seven games, the loss coming against Manchester United at Old Trafford, where the Blues had more than enough chances of coming away with all three points. Importantly, he has got Fernando Torres back firing again. The Spaniard has regained some of the sharpness in pace and movement which made him such a force to reckon with during his first season at Liverpool. He scored twice in two games for Chelsea this season, before being red carded. He will miss the Everton match - his second of a three match suspension.
However, Chelsea have had a tough history with Everton under David Moyes. The Scot has restricted Chelsea to just one win in nine previous meetings with his side, while managing six draws in the remaining eight.
Although Everton come to the game on the back of two successive losses - against Manchester City and neighbors Liverpool - they a provided stern resistance to City and can fairly claim to be hard done by against Liverpool, as Jack Rodwell was wrongly red-carded. A huge boost for Moyes is that Rodwell's red-card has been rescinded and he is available for Saturday's clash.
Everton will also be aware of Chelsea's defensive frailties - they have only managed one clean sheet in the Premier League this season - and will look to make use of any uncertainty. However they will have to be wary of Chelsea's attack too, especially as their own defence is shaky - as admitted by defender Phil Jagielka.
Both teams have a reason to be confident and it should be an interesting game at the Bridge.
Prediction - Chelsea 2-1 Everton
Arsenal Vs Sunderland, Sunday, 16 October, 12:30 GMT
Two struggling clubs with two under-pressure managers face each other on Sunday as Sunderland travel to London to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal's problems over the course of the season have been splashed around a fair bit and the latest problem Arsene Wenger faces, apart from stringing together a winning streak, is keeping his skipper Robin Van Persie, who is being touted by clubs across Europe. A fact that Arsenal fans will not like to hear is that he is the only remaining player who has won anything with the Gunners.
Before the international break, Arsenal lost 2-1 at Tottenham, despite having put in a decent performance. They currently sit at 15 in the table, a point above their opponents on Sunday who have 6 points. It is more of a relegation battle than anything.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce comes under pressure, having spent extensively over the summer without anything to show for it. Nial Quinn's retirement from the chairman's post to take over International Development is mystifying if nothing else and Bruce needs a desperate victory which is the only way he can buy some time to set things right.
However, it is unlikely to come at Arsenal who, despite their troubles, are still a good side. The international break could help the team collect themselves and a loss at Emirates to Sunderland is a doubt.
Prediction - Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland