The Premier League returned from a typically tedious international break with a bang as Arsenal drew 2-2 with Manchester City on Saturday morning, but some fear the gameweek could fizzle out on Monday night.
Hull City and West Ham are not two sides that most instantly associate with glamorous, exciting matches, but their clash at the KC Stadium on Monday has no shortage of subplots to look out for.
Both sides were active late in the transfer window and although the Tigers’ record signing Abel Hernandez is unlikely to feature as he waits for a work permit, plenty of new faces will be on show.
The hosts are 6/5 to win the game, with West Ham priced at 23/10 and the draw 11/5.
Hatem Ben Arfa
The French winger’s long-running dispute with Alan Pardew eventually led to his departure from Newcastle on deadline day, and the Magpies’ loss could very much be Hull’s gain.
Inconsistent he may be, but when on form Ben Arfa is as exciting as anyone in the league, with only two players averaging more completed dribbles-per-90 than his 4.60 last season.
One of two midfielders to return to London after a unhappy stint at Barcelona, Song’s capture has the potential to be a real coup for West Ham.
The 27-year-old’s final season at Arsenal in 2011/12 saw him marry stern defensive work with creativity, as only four players registered more assists than his 11.
In line for a debut against his former club, Diame was once tipped for a move to a top-six side, but it was Hull who eventually prised him away from the Irons this summer.
Able to play in almost any midfield role, Diame will be keen to impress against his former manager Sam Allardyce.
The Irons moved quickly to snap up the French winger after he was told he had no future at Marseille, and if Amalfitano starts life at West Ham as well as he did at West Brom he could sparkle at the KC Stadium.
Amalfitano registered two goals and two assist in his first four appearances for the Baggies, including the winner away at Manchester United.
The undeniably talented Uruguayan was unable to make an impression at Southampton despite the hefty transfer fee they shelled out in 2012. As with Ben Arfa, Ramirez will be desperate to make up for lost time at Hull.
The tricky playmaker completed 90 minutes just six times in the Premier League during his spell at the Saints, but his eye for a pass could be the key to unlocking the attacking talent Steve Bruce now has at his disposal.