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The Premier League returns this weekend after the international break. In fairness football fans have been looking forward to getting their normal weekend football routine back again. So apart from the rammed trains full of singing fans, jam packed motorways and the return of Match of the Day, What are we to expect this weekend?

The weekend will begin with Crystal Palace's trip to Old Trafford. Two sides in two different moods going into the break with United looking to bounce back after a damaging defeat at the hands of rivals Liverpool. While in contrast, newly promoted Crystal Palace are buoyant after their 3-1 victory over Sunderland. Since then, Manchester United completed the £27.5m signing of Marouane Fellaini and he is expected to feature in the game at some point.

However the same can't be said for Shinji Kagawa who has caused confusion after his omission from the starting line up so far this season. Wayne Rooney is still out with a head injury so Welbeck and Van Persie look set to lead the line. Crystal Palace added Cameron Jerome, Adrian Mariappa and Barry Bannan on deadline day however it is widely expected for Manchester United to cruise to victory. 

The next intriguing fixture is Arsenal's trip to 19th placed Sunderland who are without a win and only a point to their name. Arsenal fans couldn't be happier going into the break after a 1-0 North London derby win and then, finally a marquee signing in the shape of Mesut Ozil for £42.5m. He is also expected to feature and although Sunderland have responded to their poor start by adding Fabio Borini (on loan from Liverpool) and Andrea Dossena, it looks like Di Canio's new look Sunderland will be no match and it can be agreed that with 14+ signings it will take time to find his strongest XI, and yet Arsenal seem to have a gem in Ozil and a confident squad with Giroud looking a threat for them. Expect Arsenal to win comfortably.

The evening kick off will see Chelsea travel to Goodison Park to face Roberto Martinez's Everton who had a crazy deadline while Chelsea had a less exciting one, although we could see the debut's of former Anzhi pair Willian and Samuel Eto'o.

One person who won't make his debut is Romelu Lukaku who signed on loan to Everton from Chelsea and won't feature against his parent club however James McCarthy and Gareth Barry are both set to appear. And it has to be said it looks a tricky test for Mourinho's men so don't be surprised if Everton earn a point because with three draw's from three they seem to be good at it. 

Stoke face Manchester City and after doing all their business early Man City have a settled squad, but Stoke away is never an easy task and it will be a difficult test for Pellegrini's men. Stoke's new striker Marko Arnautovic will be keen to impress along with Stephen Ireland who too has a point to prove, which should make for an interesting affair and what looks like a game City will edge and get the three points.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa face Newcastle after little activity on deadline day both teams look like mid table sides who SHOULD avoid relegation quite comfortably and a draw would also be a result which won't surprise many.

Tottenham have a tricky tie at home to Norwich and AVB's men will be keen to bounce back from the Arsenal defeat with new man Christian Eriksen looking set to make his debut after failing to sign in time for the derby against Arsenal.

Finally Fulham face West Brom with the Baggies still in search of their first win, Hull face Cardiff where it looks like it could go either way and Southampton play West Ham who have added Mladen Petric to fill the void left from Andy Carroll's injury. Expect a home win and expect an extremely tight affair when Liverpool head to Swansea for Monday night football. 

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