Chaos reigned in the J-League in the last weekend of Premier League action before the global break, with only one member of the top five managing to hold on to their places amongst the league's elite.
With all that in mind, it's interesting to take a look at what the statistics tell us (according to the Premier League's website).
Will Rooney be benched again?This means center backs like van Dijk have plenty of potential, enough to justify a place with the attack-minded fullbacks atop our weekly ranks. Having been dropped by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho prior to the global break, the most recent episode saw the 30-year-old jeered by disgruntled fans at Wembley when he was introduced during England's 2-0 win over Malta.
"We need to start much better than we did at White Hart Lane and we're all keen to put that game behind us because we were a long way from our best". Undoubtedly, Cahill will work hard and regain the fan's confidence, but he will need to be sold if Conte is to take Chelsea back to the top. "He's already he's an important player for the national team and I'm so happy for that". They (Everton) started really well this season as well. Defeats against fellow title contenders Liverpool and Arsenal followed.
With the pressure of Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool right behind them, will City bounce back from defeat with a win, or will they drop more points against a hard Everton side?
The two managers remain close friends and have met up on several occasions since taking over at their new clubs, that are just 30 miles apart, in the summer.
Only once before in the Premier League have Everton accrued more points from their first seven games of a season (16 in 2004/05) than in this campaign (14).
Harvey said the changes would generate income for increased solidarity payments from the Premier League to the Football League.
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Morgan will return, but his captaincy is weakened
Farbrace said: "On and off the field, we have seen he has more to him than others thought". Farbrace said: "One hundred per cent, he will definitely be captain in India".
The Blues travel to the Etihad Stadium on the back of an worldwide break that could actually have a positive impact on them for once.
Koln have been one of the surprise packages of the Bundesliga this season and will be looking to continue their good form against winless Ingolstadt. The line on Stoke looks particularly attractive as this is a team with no wins through seven matches.
Arsenal may only have sneaked a win in their last match, but those 3 points over Burnley could have a massive effect on their confidence and push them forward in the next round of fixtures.
Moving from Upton Park to the London Stadium was supposed to begin a revolution for West Ham.
Romelu Lukaku has bagged five goals in his last four Premier League appearances after a run of 11 consecutive appearances in the competition without a goal.
Stones' willingness to play out from the back has made him a key part of the Premier League leaders' team since arriving from Everton for £47.5million in August.
Thank the Lord that the global break is over.
Will Mike Phelan's appointment kickstart Hull City's season?
This season, however, manager Mauricio Pochettino has built a squad which has the capability to deliver the title. He laughed that off in his news conference on the eve of Leicester's visit.