Well I was wondering what you guys think will happen in this arc as a whole.
Instead of just predictions for the next chapter, how bout a prediction for the whole saga?
Also for those interested i started a fanfic/RPing thing in the fanworks forum of this board. for those interested in putting in their 2 cents of how they imagine things will turn out in Naruto.
Personally I dont think Sasuke will return to the Leaf ever again. And I dont think he will be able to kill Itachi either. It would totally destroy his character if he manages to kill Itachi at this point (and for those that dont know the creator did mention that Sasuke was his favorite character) so either Itachi will escape from a fight against Sasuke AND Naruto or Sasuke will find a greater goal.
Naruto will also be caught and "killed" by Akatsuki or he'll have his kyuubi pulled out of him by some means. Same as with Gaara. Akatsuki has a certain purpose for their capturing the jinchuriikens or whatever the heck it's called. So I think eventually they'll be able to complete it and "worst will come to worst" and so Hebi and Konoha will have to temporarily ally together.
also Sakura will have quite a fit over Sasuke's new "girlfriend" and forget all about Naruto again. Naruto will find solace in Hinata.