Get briefed on the latest English Premier League gameweek as it brings with it some enticing fixtures including some major derbies.
Everton Vs Liverpool, Saturday 1 October, 1145 GMT
Liverpool and Everton will battle it out in the first Merseyside derby of the season in Saturday's early kick-off in the English Premier League.
Those who know their football history will also know that this will be the first time Kenny Dalglish returns to Goodison Park as a Liverpool manager since that fateful 4-4 draw a little more than 20 years ago.
Everton, traditionally slow starters, come to this game on the back of a 2-0 defeat against Manchester City wherein the gulf in class was all too visible. Put in context though, David Moyes' side have done well after losing their star Mikel Arteta in the last few hours of the summer transfer window. They sit at 11 in the table after five games, as they are yet to play the delayed opening day fixture against Tottenham. They have won twice against Wigan and West Brom while their two losses came against QPR, in their opening match of the season, and Manchester City last week.
Liverpool's blistering start to the season came to a sudden stop after back-to-back losses at Tottenham and Stoke. However, they came back with a win against Wolves last week and will look to build on it. They are a much changed side since their last Merseyside derby and Luis Suarez, Jordan Henderson, Luis Enrique, Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Sebastian Coates will all experience it for the first time. Steven Gerrard is also set to feature for Liverpool after recovering from a long-standing injury last week.
Dalglish will have flashbacks of that day 20 years ago, when he felt too burdened by the stresses of football while overseeing Everton equalize four time against his Liverpool team. However, this time, things are very different as he looks to usher the Reds into a new era under Fenway Sports Group. Everton, for their part, will not make it any easier for him though. It should be a thriller.
Prediction - Everton 1-1 Liverpool
Blackburn Rovers Vs Manchester City, Saturday 1 October, 1400 GMT
Manchester City will look to bounce back from their controversial midweek with a win at Blackburn.
Roberto Mancini will look to end the week, in which he claimed former-skipper Carlos Tevez would never player for City under his stewardship, with a much-needed win. The Tevez debacle started when the Argentinean refused to come on as a second half substitute at a time when his team was losing 2-0 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. That only served to overshadow a meek performance from City.
A fortnight ago, they dropped their first points of the season after a mid-week Champions League tie and it remains to be seen how they cope with the strains of European midweek action.
Blackburn come to this game on the back of a 3-1 loss at Newcastle while they also lost their assistant manager John Jensen during the week. Two weeks back, a victory against an Arsenal side who were shambles defensively relieved some pressure on Rovers boss Steve Kean. However, Manchester City are fully expected to take three points here and in the process, increase Kean's chances of becoming the first Premiership manager to be sacked this season.
Prediction - Blackburn 0-3 Manchester City
Manchester United Vs Norwich City, Saturday 1 October, 1400 GMT
Norwich City will face a Manchester United side who'll look to put in a performance, given their midweek defensive horror show.
On Tuesday, FC Basel visited Old Trafford with meager expectations. Things looked right when Man United went up two goals within 20 minutes courtesy of Danny Welbeck. However, Basel proceeded to score three in return, and it required an injury time header from Ashley Yougn to grab a point for the English champions. That followed last week's 1-1 draw at Stoke and some quarters have raised concerns about Man United's defence.
With Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic injured, Phil Jones has had to fill in at centre-back and although he has put in good performances, questions have been raised over his positioning and awareness in defence. Norwich will look to capitalize on any such uncertainty although that could leave them open for a battering.
Overall, expect United to get a comfortable win here.
Prediction - Manchester United 2-0 Norwich City
Bolton Wanderers Vs Chelsea, Sunday 2 October, 1230 GMT
Chelsea travel to Bolton Wanderers in Sunday's first kick-off looking to continue some good performances under manager Andre Villas-Boas.
The Blues come to the game on the back of an impressive performance against Valencia in the Champions League. Although the game ended in a 1-1 draw, it was a good show from the Blues, especially in the second half, and had it not been for Valencia keeper Diego Alves, Chelsea could have found themselves at least two goals to the good.
Frank Lampard, rested/dropped at the Swansea last week, scored Chelsea's goal in a commendable display while his replacement on 83 minutes, Salomon Kalou, proved to be the villain for the Blues. His first touch of the game was to handle the ball during a Valencia corner. The referee penalized him with a penalty for Valencia, which they converted leaving a sour taste amongst the Londoners.
However, they face a Bolton side who are grazing at the bottom of the league having taken just three points off an available 18. The Trotters have also been dealt a huge blow in Stuart Holden's injury, which will leave him sidelined for another six months, barely a week after making a return from a previous six month lay-off. It is a tough time for Bolton and it doesn't look like ending this week. Chelsea have a good record at the Reebok Stadium and even without Torres, they have the returning Didier Drogba and Nicholas Anelka within their ranks, not to mention ex-Bolton loan player Daniel Sturridge.
It should be an easy win for Chelsea.
Prediction - Bolton 0-3 Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur Vs Arsenal, Sunday 2 October, 1500 GMT
The second of the two major derbies of the weekend will have London divided as Arsenal travel to Tottenham in Sunday's final game.
Arsenal are slowly managing to string a few victories together, after a disastrous opening month of the season, and have won their last three matches on the trot. Although Blackburn Rovers handed them a shocker a fortnight back, victories over Shrewsbury Town in the Carling Cup, Bolton in the league and Olympiakos in the Champions Leauge is likely to have restored some confidence to the Gunners.
After the departures of key midfield men in Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, and the injury to Jack Wilshere, Arsene Wenger has been without the spine of his team. New signing Mikel Arteta and young star Aaron Ramsey have had to help in the transition without any experience and that, maybe, can be pointed as a reason for their troubles.
The match also coincides with Arsene Wenger's fifteenth anniversary as Arsenal manager. However, whether he can mark the achievement with a win is open to debate.
Spurs have put behind their massive losses to the Manchester sides, in their first two games of the season, behind them as they have strung together a run of three wins in three, including a 4-0 mauling of Liverpool.
Spurs also boast a powerful bunch of attackers, with Luka Modric back to his best, Rafael Van der Vart returning from injury and former-Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor impressing thus far as a Spurs player. The pace of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon could leave Arsenal behind and this one really looks like a home win, albeit a hard-fought one.
Prediction - Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal