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What effect will the international break have on the Premier League sides?

Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton, Chelsea and others could all be affected.

The timing of international breaks can be a fascinating issue in the context of a league season. For some sides their manager will be glad to have a week to reflect and prepare and look at where things are going wrong, for others they will feel they are building up a head of steam but their momentum ends up being halted by the break.

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One manager who may be pleased is Gus Poyet having only just been installed to the Sunderland hot seat at the Stadium of Light as he begins his efforts to move the Black Cats up the table after a wretched start which has seen them take one point from seven games.

Would the team they lost to last time out in Manchester United be pleased? David Moyes will have been keen to build on the win he got at the Stadium of Light in order to silence a few of the critics who have murmured that he may not be up to the manager's job at Old Trafford.

Manchester City’s inconsistency so far may have allowed for manager Manuel Pellegrini to ponder – and try and get his side winning on the road in the league - whilst Arsenal and Liverpool will have perhaps wanted the break to wait a little while, and try to continue leading the table.

Southampton looked as though they found the winning formula before the break having won three games on the bounce – keeping a clean sheet in all three of them – and they will have the difficult task of continuing that against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Whilst they may have lost on their last outing Everton won’t have wanted to stop playing given the form Romelu Lukaku is in this season – though he has kept it up by scoring a brace at the weekend for Belgium, and their opponents at the weekend Hull will have had no reason to stop playing given their good run going into the international break.

These are just a few sides whose fortunes that may see a change in momentum because of the break. Will we see things starting to change at the weekend, or will it just be like beforehand?

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