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The Premier League Season Burst Into Life This Weekend - Time For SAFC To Do The Same

After a weekend of drama in the Premier League, it's time for Sunderland to kick start their season as well.

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Options! Actual players to choose from! Who'd have thought that something so basic could be so exciting?

With Jan Kirchhoff back from injury, Didier Ndong and Jason Denayer available to make their debuts and Wahbi Khazri looking fitter and meaner on international duty it gives you renewed confidence going into tonight's match.

Your - possibly misplaced - confidence is given an adrenaline boost by watching the Premier League doing what it does best. For all the complaints you may have about the top flight, most of which will be justified, you can never complain about it's ability to entertain. Take West Ham versus Watford, for example. The Hammers, many of whom thought would be buoyed by their new Olympic home, plunged themselves into further disarray by throwing away a two goal lead. Not only did they go in level at half time but they contrived to lose the game 4-2. Beautifully chaotic, and that was the theme for the weekend.

Jose Mourinho once again came undone against Pep Guadiola, there were last minute goals at both Turf Moor and The Emirates Stadium and Gary Cahill was so incensed after Chelsea's 2-2 draw at Swansea that he took to Twitter to express his anger via animated gifs and red faced emojis. The soap opera nature of the Premier League was once again in full swing, giving more drama than the pass completion percentages of La Liga or the gegenpressing of the Bundesliga could ever dream of.

So now it's the turn of Sunderland versus Everton - can either side give this weekend the crescendo it deserves? A reinforced side for David Moyes against a high flying Everton does suggest that it could. Chuck in the added backstory of Moyes facing his former club and Lamine Kone taking on the side he so nearly joined and this is a game dripping with narrative. No wonder Sky wanted to put it on the telly.

We obviously just want the excitement to go one way though. Watching Spurs dismantle Stoke away home was enough to remind me of how Sunderland are capable of collapsing in similar fashion but we haven't seen The Lads fall apart like that in a while. It looked like we would dissolve away to Manchester City but we showed great organisation, certainly far more than David Moyes former club did on Saturday lunch time, to come within a Paddy McNair nose of taking a point. The same level of concentration again, in front of a home crowd under the lights and Sunderland's defence should be capable of keeping a clean sheet against an Everton team littered with attacking talent.

As audacious as it sounds, Moyes should be looking to our oppositions neighbours for his attacking inspiration. Our manager doesn't have the same pool of forwards to draw from as Jurgen Klopp, but in Jermain Defoe and Adnan Januzaj he can call upon a couple of players who are capable of hurting a side that have only kept one clean sheet in their first three games. They may not be Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane but they're the closest thing we've got.

If both the front and back of our starting eleven keep their end of the bargain, dictated by the return of the enigmatic Jan Kirchhoff, tonight could be the night we get our season up and running. Just like the league in general, Sunderland have shown glimpses of the excitement and quality they can give to the supporters. Let's see if they can come to life against Everton, just like the rest of the league.

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