After an eventful international break, it's time to get back to club soccer. The Premier League returns in force this weekend, with quality matchups up and down the table. Matchday 8 opens with a clash between the past two Premier League champions, and ends with one of the game's most heated rivalries. Win, lose or draw, here's how we predict each and every Premier League game will shake out.
Saturday: Chelsea vs. Leicester City
Rumors are already flying around about Antonio Conte's Chelsea future, but they seem largely unfounded. A win against Leicester would put them to bed, while a loss or draw would likely throw the speculation into overdrive. It'll be interesting to see if Conte sticks with the lineup he used against Hull last time out in a 2-0. Will he put three at the back against the defending champions? Leicester, meanwhile, have had their struggles away from home with three road defeats to start the season. Look for that trend to continue, but just barely.
Final score: Chelsea 2-1 Leicester
Saturday: Arsenal vs. Swansea City
New Swansea manager Bob Bradley is in for a doozy in his Premier League managerial debut. The American will face a tough road test against third-place Arsenal, who have won five straight. The Gunners nearly had a let down against Burnley last matchday, but snuck away as late winners. Swansea haven't impressed at all this season (hence the early firing of Francesco Guidolin), and they'll be hopeful Bradley will be the tonic. Unfortunately for the Swans, Arsenal are flying too high for this to be a legitimate litmus test. Somewhat surprisingly, Swansea have won three of the last four meetings against Arsenal at the Emirates, but the deck is stacked against them to keep that going.
Final score: Arsenal 3-0 Swansea City
Saturday: West Brom vs. Tottenham
After upending league-leading Manchester City last time out, Spurs remain the Premier Leagues lone unbeaten team. They're playing their trademark staunch defense and are potent on offense, to boot. Even with Harry Kane on the shelf, Spurs haven't skipped a beat. Son Heung-min has been a stellar deputy for the North London squad, notching four goals and two assists in four games. West Brom have beaten Tottenham just once since Christmastime of 2008, a 1-0 win in 2014. The Baggies are in the top half the table and won't be pushovers, but it's hard to see Spurs choking this one away.
Final score: West Brom 0-2 Tottenham
Saturday: Stoke City vs. Sunderland
Not every match can be a beauty, and Stoke vs. Sunderland is definitely the dog of the weekend. Bottom-dwelling Sunderland will travel to Stoke in a game that, based on early returns, could go a long way to deciding the relegation race. Both secured a rare point on Matchday 7, so at least they're trending in the right direction. Neither team has a win this season, but this is about a gilt-edged of an opportunity as either will get. It could be a dour draw, but for the sake of feeling generous I'll say the home team snags the full complement of points.
Final score: Stoke 1-0 Sunderland
Saturday: Bournemouth vs. Hull City
After starting the season relatively brightly, Hull City have fallen back to Earth and look more like the relegation candidates people pegged them to be. Bournemouth haven't exactly set the world on fire, but they're scraping together points and have lost just one of their last five. Hull, on the other hand, have collected just a single point from their last five matches, a 1-1 draw against Burnley. Eddie Howe and the Cherries will be looking to get the win, and should do so against a generous Hull defense.
Final score: Bournemouth 1-0 Hull City
Saturday: Manchester City vs. Everton
City were punched in the mouth for their first loss of the season against Spurs, and Everton will hope they can do the same. Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman are early frontrunners for Manager of the Season, and for good reason. The defenses will be at the center of attention here. Man City, anchored by ex-Everton man John Stones, have been leakier than Guardiola would like at the back. Everton, meanwhile, have weathered Stones' departure admirably and have conceded just five goals this season. It should be a tight contest, but City will score a late winner to send the Etihad faithful home with smiles on their faces.
Final score: Manchester City 2-1 Everton
Saturday: Crystal Palace vs. West Ham
Crystal Palace have been tough to exactly figure out early in the season, but West Ham have been an unmitigated shambles. The Eagles are positioned at a respectable eighth place in the table with 11 points, while the Hammers sit in 18th with four points. Christian Benteke looks fresh and revitalized under Alan Pardew, offering Crystal Palace a true offensive threat. His three goals have all come via header, interestingly enough. West Ham have allowed a league-worst 17 goals thus far, and are doomed to keep that poor form going. Dimitri Payet is amazing, but even he won't be enough to get West Ham the win.
Final score: Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham
Sunday: Middlesbrough vs. Watford
Much of this game will hinge upon which Watford team shows up to Riverside Stadium. Will it be the Watford that beat Manchester United, or the Watford that followed that up with a loss to Burnley? Middlesbrough's form isn't that great, having lost three of their last five, though. They've lost to teams that were supposed to beat them anyway, though. It's a toss up for who will win this game, so I'll settle for a draw.
Final score: Middlesbrough 1-1 Watford
Sunday: Southampton vs. Burnley
Southampton are on the upswing, winning two of their last three and drawing against the champions before the international break. Claude Puel has Southampton right where they belong, which is right in the thick of things. Burnley historically haven't been able to beat Southampton, managing just one win in their last 14 league meetings against the Saints. They'll have a tough time changing that tide at St. Mary's on Sunday. This should be a rout for Southampton.
Final score: Southampton 3-0 Burnley
Monday: Liverpool vs. Manchester United
What a rivalry feast on Monday. Liverpool and United's history runs deep, and this matchup should provide all the drama worthy of such a clash. Jurgen Klopp has Liverpool sizzling before the international break, while Jose Mourinho might have figured out the key to get United back on track: demoting Wayne Rooney to the bench. Liverpool love to attack, especially at home, so they should score even if United opt to pack in and defend. Perhaps it's a bit wishful to think it will be a shootout, but hopefully both managers will let their horses run and give us a wide-open match.