After the unwanted International break, and the disappointing conclusion of this summer's transfer window, it's finally back to the footy, starting with the Manchester derby.

An especially fascinating contest sees new managers at both Manchester clubs, each looking to get a step ahead, with John Stones needing to perform well in the City defence if they are to hold Zlatan Ibrahimovich and the seemingly irrepressible Paul Pogba both relative newcomers to a much strengthened Manchester United side under Jose Mourinho.

That game is the lunchtime kick-off, with tasty action to come, with Arsenal playing Southampton, while Spurs travel to early strugglers Stoke City in the 3 o'clock kick-off, while Liverpool are of course on TV yet again, hosting Champions Leicester City in the 5:30 game as they inaugurate their big new main stand, increasing the capacity of Anfield to over 54,000.

The only game on Sunday sees Chelsea traveling to Swansea City, while Evertonians must wait until Monday night for the encounter at the Stadium of Light against former manager David Moyes's new charges, Sunderland.

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William Cartwright
1 Posted 10/09/2016 at 15:28:45
Off topic, but have just seen Moussa Dembele has scored a hat trick for Celtic in the Glaswegian Derby. All last season this young chap was doing the business at Fulham and showing massive promise.

Congrats (choke...) to Rogers for signing him up.

It is really frustrating when a young player with such obvious talent has been allowed to go north of the border instead of being given an opportunity at Goodison Park. Heaven knows we were looking at him for long enough...

Steve Jones
2 Posted 10/09/2016 at 16:49:24
Today I am reminded of the anguished, angst-ridden, cries from an element of our fan base of 'why didn't we sign Bony' and 'why didn't we sign Martins Indi'.

The only reason could be the utter ineptness of everyone at the club the petulant narrative went.

Stoke 0 Spurs 4

Bony and Indi start.

Frank Crewe
3 Posted 10/09/2016 at 17:00:50
For those who thought we needed a better keeper. Anyone see Claudio Bravo this afternoon? Citeh's 㾽.5 million quid "ball playing" goalie. Manures first goal was his fault and he could have been sent off for his tackle on Rooney after faffing about with the ball in the area. It should have at least been a penalty.

Maybe Stek wasn't such a bad buy after all.

John Atkins
4 Posted 10/09/2016 at 17:06:17
You can see from the results today in the Premier League – it's going to be so so tight - probably about 2 / 3 wins separating Europa League place and relegation.

Hold on to your hats, lads!

Steavey Buckley
5 Posted 10/09/2016 at 17:52:00
Spurs beating Stoke away 4:0, even though Stoke were strengthed by 2 new signings that Everton were also keen on, should be a wake-up call when considering Everton struggled to beat Stoke at home 1:0, even with a dubious penalty, which fell kindly when the ball hit the back of goalkeeper's head and rolled in.
Eugene Kearney
6 Posted 10/09/2016 at 18:49:49
RS beating Leicester at the moment we really need to win on Monday night.
Mike T Jones
7 Posted 10/09/2016 at 19:15:17
Who says Everton were keen on them?
Steve Woods
8 Posted 10/09/2016 at 19:23:13
Off topic but why is it than when the barcodes have been relegated they seem to get every match of theirs covered on TV?
Patrick Murphy
9 Posted 10/09/2016 at 19:44:13
Steavey (5) Or it might indicate how well we did against Spurs at home with no recognised striker and being well below 100% fitness.

Eugene, how does the RS winning their home game put a 'must win' label on Monday's match? All of Everton's games are must win, aren't they? Regardless of how the results of our friends from over the park are going.

It's a must-win game for Everton as it would put us closer to the top teams in the division, that's where my focus is, unless of course there is extra prize money on offer for outdoing the neighbours.

Craig Fletcher
10 Posted 10/09/2016 at 21:05:26
Well said, Patrick. I watched the RS game and they looked very threatening on attack but also often vulnerable at the back. Leicester though looked uncharacteristically (at least compared to last season) loose in defence, and they seemed too often reliant on the early ball up to Vardy.

Early days but it looks like Kante is going to prove to be quite a loss for them. Which perhaps underscores how crucial a role Gueye will play for us this season.

Tony Hill
11 Posted 10/09/2016 at 21:38:24
If anyone would like to see much of what is wrong with football journalism in this country – it has, of course, been so for decades – then look at Oliver Holt's hilariously overblown commentary on the Manchester derby. It's a Sunday Supplement classic though it's in the Mail, alas.
Kevin Gillen
12 Posted 11/09/2016 at 10:55:00
Looks like we dodged a few bullets in the transfer window, I know it's early days but did anyone see Lucas at Arsenal v Southampton? Not good.
Colin Glassar
13 Posted 11/09/2016 at 11:05:51
And Arnautovic, Kevin. What a useless lump!! But the biggest dodged bullet, IMO, is Bilic. I said he'd be a one-season wonder and I'm not wrong.
David Chait
14 Posted 11/09/2016 at 11:45:06
Perez had ¾ of one good season in his career. I never understood what we saw in him. When you consider Remy was floating around twiddling his thumbs... Mind boggling! Might yet be proven wrong.
Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 11/09/2016 at 16:32:40
Not the Premier league but Vellios scored for Notts Forest in the championship v Aston Villa, is he the ex Everton player?
Paul Kossoff
16 Posted 11/09/2016 at 17:19:39
Swans 2 - 1 Chavs
Kevin Gillen
17 Posted 11/09/2016 at 17:31:26
Vellios scored a cracker and so, one has to admit, did Aiden McGeady, good luck to them both. I must admit Colin that I am unconvinced with Bilic and I have a long and unpleasant memory of him as a player with us who used the club as a hospital whilst he got ready for Croatia World Cup games.
Bill Griffiths
18 Posted 11/09/2016 at 17:43:22
Lost all respect for Bilic when he caused Laurent Blanc to miss the World Cup Final, can't remember what year.
Tony Kost
19 Posted 11/09/2016 at 17:53:50
The one player I would have liked RK to bring to Everton from Southampton was Sadio Mane.

He's making a lot of difference to the RS performances (I am very sad to say). What a good buy he has been for them.

I think Sadio and RK did not get on too well and it was probably a done deal for the RS before RK joined us. - Shame really - he's too good for the RS.

Colin Glassar
20 Posted 11/09/2016 at 17:58:49
The top six already taking shape? Well according to Sky it is, conveniently ignoring Hull and us. God I'd love it if Hull won the league.

Bilic is one of the new modern day Prima Donna type managers like Mourinho, Guardiola, Conte, Klopp etc who want to be the centre of attention all the time.

Tony Kost
21 Posted 11/09/2016 at 18:13:58
I agree about Bilic, Colin – he certainly enjoyed the sound of his own voice during the recent Euros – none of the other pundits could get a word in edgeways!

As an aside, he was a big disappointment when he played (some term that!) for the blues.

Good (part-time) player – with a very poor attitude.

Timothy Sebastian
22 Posted 11/09/2016 at 19:50:52
With Chelsea drawing against Swansea, it gives us all the more motivation to get a result at Sunderland. A win there would place us 3rd, and if we could score more than 3 goals, it would take us to 2nd. But Sunderland could also do a "Swansea" on us and hold us to a draw. No such thing as a sure win anymore. A scrappy 0-1 win for us will do for me though.
Roman Sidey
23 Posted 12/09/2016 at 02:22:06
Yeah Vellios has been moving round for a bit since he left Everton. Now at Forest and, if I was to have a punt on promotion they'd be my roughie. Montainer worked wonders at Real Sociedad and will have NF playing effective football.

4-0 win for us will see is 2nd on the ladder which would be a nice way to round out the first four matches.

Mike Galley
24 Posted 12/09/2016 at 12:57:24
Bill 18. It was the semi-final in France 1998. It led to Frank Leboeuf getting a game in the final against Brazil!

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