On Saturday, the Premier League is back with a bang after the conclusion of the final international break of the calendar year, with Sunderland welcoming newly promoted Hull City to the Stadium of Light (15:00pm).
The Black Cats, who currently sit rock-bottom of the English top-flight standings following eight defeats in their opening 10 league games, are already six points adrift of safety.
However, David Moyes’ side will be buoyed by their last league outing, where they defeated AFC Bournemouth 2-1 to record their first win of the 2016/17 campaign – although the international break interrupted any potential momentum.
Meanwhile The Tigers, who are two places and five points above today’s opponents in the table, also won last time out, recording an impressive 2-1 win over Southampton, a result that halted their barren six-game losing streak.
So, with Sunderland and Hull City going head to head this afternoon, there will be several reunions of players who have featured for both sides.
For some players, there will be no grudges playing against their former employer, but for others, they will be desperate to get one over their old team.