Thank God the international break is behind us.
Australia kicked about 20 goals without looking convincing, while the A-League was only a slight improvement from tuning into the Bachelorette.
The Premier League is back with a huge stack of fixtures on the cards.
Three managers could be out of jobs come this time next week, while United may very well slip towards the relegation zone.
We have to wait until Monday morning for match of the round, as fierce rivals Man United and Liverpool go toe-to-toe at Old Trafford.
Elsewhere, Man City will be looking to bounce back from their second defeat of the season when they take on the Eagles, while Tottenham search for redemption against the winless Hornets.
Our in-house Premier League Prodigy has delivered his best bets across all 10 Game Week 9 fixtures below!
Marco Silva’s head is secured firmly upon the chopping block as the Toffees host the Hammers in the opening match of the round.
Everton come into this contest off the back of a four game losing streak, during which they have only managed to find the back of the net on two occasions.
West Ham disappointingly threw away a one-goal lead against Crystal Palace in GW8, ultimately going down 2-1 following an 87th minute winner from Jordan Ayew.
Record signing Sébastien Haller found himself on the scoresheet once again, taking his season total to four. The French target man will ask plenty of questions of the Toffees’ centre halves, who have struggled to defend against the set piece.
West Ham are undefeated away from home this season and should be able to hammer the final nail into Silva’s coffin.
The Foxes have announced themselves as real top four contenders this season.
Leicester were unlucky not to be the first side to take points away from the rampant Reds, conceding a soft penalty deep into injury time.
James Maddison has scored for the second time across three matches and is looking more and more up to the challenge each time he pulls on the royal blue jersey.
Burnley are unbeaten across their last four games and are now well and truely entrenched in the top half of the table.
Sean Dyche’s side will no doubt sit back and hand the attacking initiative to the home side, a task Rodgers’ creative pieces will take in their stride.
Wolves have got their swagger back.
After failing to secure a win during the first six game weeks, the Wolves have claimed back-to-back victories over Watford and Man City.
Only taking up 24% of possession against the Citizens, the Wolves had a clear plan of attacking off the break, a plan which they executed to perfection. Spanish speedster Adama Traore wreaked havoc against City’s stand-in centre-halves, finishing the game with two break-away goals.
Southampton are three games without victory and were well and truely humbled at home against Chelsea in a four-nil rout last time out.
The Saints are traditionally a very structured outfit and pride themselves on their fickle defence, so It comes as a surprise that they’ve leaked nine goals over their last 270 minutes of football.
The Wolves are looking to secure their third consecutive clean-sheet and have every chance of doing so at home against the misfiring Saints!
Defence will be an after-thought in this contest.
With less clean sheets than a half-a-star hostel in Bangkok, Bournemouth vs Norwich promises to be a high scoring affair.
The Canaries have failed to pick up a single point on the road this season and are currently on a run of three straight loses following their surprise victory over last seasons champs.
Bournemouth have an impressive goal scoring record at home, scoring six from three games at Dean Court this season.
A win for the Cherries could see them sneak inside the top six, and with attacking threats all over the park I can see Norwich soiling their sheets once again.
Brighton’s returning Socceroos will face tougher task than Chinese Taipei.
After a slow start to the season, Aston Villa are finally starting to hit their stride.
The Villans slammed five goals past a lifeless Norwich side on the road in GW8 and could’ve easily had five more.
Brazilian striker Wesley enjoyed the quality service from flanks, clinically tucking away two efforts from within the area.
The Seagulls flew home against the Spurs last time out, condemning Poch’s side to a three-nil defeat.
It was Aaron Connolly rather than Mooy who was the star of the show, the 19 year-old Irishmen struck twice on his senior debut, announcing himself to the rest of the competition.
With not much splitting these two sides at the moment, the home ground advantage should give Villa the edge in this one.
A game to miss.
Bottleham have been about as reliable as a used car dealer this season.
a crushing three-nil defeat against Brighton in GW8 has left question marks hanging over whether Pochettino still has the backing from his dressing room.
Watford are the only PL side still without a win to their name.
The Hornets spurred multiple opportunities to break the deadlock against the Blades in GW8 and were ultimately their own worst enemy.
Son Heung-min has enjoyed playing against the Hornets, finding the net four times in his previous four appearances against the cellar dwellers.
As bad as the Spurs have been playing of late, they come up against a side who have lost the will to live.
Chelsea’s kids are set to get stuck into some Toons this weekend.
Newcastle have become the latest mediocre side to get one over Manchester United.
The Toons have looked defensively sound this season but are lacking any real striking power, often replying on snagging a goal from low percentage long range attempts.
Lampard has instilled a shit-ton of confidence in his squad of academy graduates, the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi have all shone under the legend’s tutelage.
The latter comes back into the squad following an impressive stint in the England’s U/21 national side, lashing away a brilliant brace against Austria.
The Blues should win this one comfortably at home and I’m backing the young English winger to get his name on the score sheet.
The last time Man City suffered a defeat they came out the following week and blew Watford out the water, banging about a thousand goals past Ben Foster.
Crystal Palace aren’t Watford though, Roy Hodgson’s side has only conceded eight goals this season, one less than their opponents this week.
The Eagles will look to sit deep and invite City to engulf their final third freeing up space in behind, allowing Zaha to run the ball at the disaster that is Nicolas Otamendi.
It’s hard to see City going two games without scoring even against the stingy Glaziers defence, I’m expecting the Citizens to get up in a low scoring affair.
The Red Devils vs The Reds
Football’s biggest rivalry, dating back to the early 70’s!
The two major cities are separated geographically by no less than 30 miles, but in footballing terms United are worlds away from the standard Liverpool are setting at the moment.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be updating his resume ahead of this contest, with a heavy loss more than likely seeing him shown the door.
United only managed to find the back of the net once in September, with Marcus Rashford winning goal of the month with a dot shot!
Despite not playing their best football, Liverpool have found a way to win their last three fixtures in very tight affairs.
Question marks remain over the fitness of Egyptian God Mo Salah, who limped off following a reckless challenge from Leicester’s Choudhury in GW8.
Even without the mercurial winger Liverpool should cruise through to their ninth straight victory, while pushing United towards the relegation scrapheap below!
Game Week 9 comes to a close when Arsenal travel to Bramall Lane and attempt to consolidate their position inside the top four.
The Gunners have gone undefeated across their last five matches, but have relied heavily on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to get them out of jail.
The Gabonese road runner has seven premier league goals to his name this season with Lacazette Arsenals next highest contributor with two.
Sheffield United have the second stingiest defence in the league behind Liverpool, the Blades have impressively conceded only seven time in eight matches.
Unfortunately Chris Wilder’s side looks like they’re playing with 10 defenders, with goals up the other end coming at an absolute premium at the moment.
I’m expecting this to be dreary affair for the most of it, with Aubameyang eventually catching the Blades napping in the later stages of the match.