You might have heard, but Davey Moyes could rather do with a no nonsense home win. It's also a Big Weekend for Southampton, Benteke, Norwich and the Berb...
If anything, Andre Villas-Boas didn't go far enough when confronting Neil Ashton. Still, a few more wins and those no-shirts, no-shoes wrestling matches won't be necessary...
It might be a sensible move for David Moyes to leave his multi-national youngster out of the United side for Saturday's game against Southampton. It seems quite a long time ago now, but Januzaj's brilliant, match-winning performance that set off the guffstorm surrounding his nationality saved that game for United and a whole load of awkward questions and pressure for Moyes.
What's most baffling is not that several countries appear to be sniffing around Januzaj, for national associations are usually pretty shameless when it comes to recruiting talent with vague ties to their land, but that the whole furore has been sparked by just one performance. Januzaj is clearly very talented and has huge potential, but that's pretty much all it is right now.
That he stood out as excellent in a largely pretty uninspiring Manchester United side isn't exactly his fault, but it does mean that there is added pressure on this 18-year-old (who looks younger) to perform to a similar standard every time he plays. Which, quite obviously, is ludicrous.
The problem for Moyes is that he needs wins - three points against the bottom team in the league who'd just sacked their manager does not mean all is rosy, and at present his best team includes Januzaj. He is left with an interesting balance to strike between what is best for the player and his development, and what is best for his team - and indeed himself - now.
A victory at home to Southampton might not look awfully tricky, but then again West Brom didn't either...
It was comfortably their worst performance of the season, if not under Andre Villas-Boas, but was Tottenham's 3-0 defeat to West Ham a blip or a consequence of their largely winning but goal-shy performances this term?
Daniel Storey wrote immediately after the game that of course this is not a time to panic, but that Spurs must figure out more ways of breaking teams down. The form of Roberto Soldado has been pin-pointed, but are Spurs using him in the right way? A discussion between F365's own Matthew Stanger and some concerned Spurs fans recently revealed that at Valencia, Soldado was generally served by two traditional wingers who provided crosses and cut-backs to take advantage of his instinctive finishing.
With Spurs currently using inverted wingers, play naturally becomes narrower in the attacking third, reducing the number of crosses on which he can feed and requiring him to play with his back to goal, demanding more hold-up play, something that is not his strength. Indeed, it is notable that in the only game Aaron Lennon has played this season, against Crystal Palace, Soldado had four shots on goal; in the other five he has taken 11 in total.
That might be nonsense. Soldado might just being going through an iffy spell of form, adapting to a new league and a new country. However, it will no doubt concern Andre Villas-Boas that his newly recruited star striker has yet to score from open play this season.
It's been a week of being proved wrong at Football365, and worse still, having to admit that we were wrong. Not good for our obviously fragile egos. Still, the logic behind not selecting Townsend for England's two qualifiers was sound at the time. He has been enormously wasteful at times for Spurs, and his pair of good performances for the national side will presumably have infuriated Spurs fans who've been watching him hoof shots high over the bar all season.
So, he will have to take his good international form into his domestic game, for no other reason than to ward off the significant challenge of Erik Lamela and Aaron Lennon for his place in the team. Something that, thankfully, he seems to recognise too.
"It was fantastic to help my country get to a World Cup and it's now up to me to go back to my club and keep playing well and book my place on the plane," he said.
"I have to keep playing well in every game for Spurs. I can't think about the World Cup, I have to focus on my Tottenham performances. If I have a couple of bad games there are world-class players that can come in.
"I know if I'm to get on the plane I have to keep playing well, for Tottenham, for England in the friendlies, it's not going to be easy. I have a tough six months in front of me and hard competition for places, but I am relishing it."
Did Sunderland time the appointment of their new manager incredibly badly? Gus Poyet was given the nod during the international break, meaning he only has two days before his first game to meet his players and tell them what's what. And those will be some busy days, according to the man himself.
"The Thursday and Friday before the Swansea game will be unbelievable for them," said Poyet. "The amount of information they are going to get is incredible. It will be a nightmare for the players coming back. They will all be together for the first time. I need them all in to convince them to be ready.
"It is going to be very demanding for them over those days. Mentally, not physically as much. We need them all to know what has been happening over the last eight days, we need them prepared for the Swansea game...
"I want them all to be relaxed about me being here when they come back to training. I want them to just get themselves back here normal and fit."
If nothing else, he can rely on the knowledge that anyone who has just seen Paolo Di Canio walk out the door will be a little more relaxed than before, but it's still not an ideal way to prepare for what will be quite a big game.
A good start can smooth things for any new manager, particularly one with no Premier League experience. It's possible that, so hated was Di Canio, the 'Anyone But The Last Guy Bounce' will be even bouncier than usual. Sunderland, the only club in the division still without a win, will desperately hope so.
He's back and apparently fit. And there will be plenty of pressure on Sunderland's centre-forward to find the net, especially since their other strikers don't have a goal between them.
Newcastle and Liverpool
BT are selling this one on the basis that there hasn't been a 0-0 draw between these two since 1974. Indeed, 36 goals have been scored in the last ten league games between the sides.
Cue turgid 0-0 draw with two shots on goal.
Still, the absence of Fabricio Coloccini will presumably have Liverpool's strikers rubbing their hands together. Maybe just in the first half though...
Sturridge has scored six goals this season, but none after the 37th minute.
What does it mean? Probably nothing. Carry on.
At the moment, you'll struggle to find anyone confident that Palace will not drift straight back from whence they came, and with good reason. Their only win of the season came against the only team that is more of a shambles (Sunderland), and they have lost all the other games, scoring in only two.
Granted, their opening seven fixtures have featured Spurs, Manchester United and Liverpool, but they now have a run of games including West Brom, Hull, Norwich and Cardiff, a run that starts at home to Fulham on Monday.
The Daily Mirror reported this week that Ian Holloway is under pressure, that unless results improve sharpish, he'll be shown the door. While you shouldn't always take such tabloid rumour at face value, it's hardly outlandish to suggest Holloway could be in trouble.
Spot fact for you, kids - the chap who has been eased aside at Cardiff to make way for the 23-year-old mate of Vincent Tan's son used to work for Football365. See? We're the breeding ground for the best and brightest in the football world.
The good news for Mackay is that the club confirmed after a board meeting this week that 'all transfer dealings will be conducted subject to the manager's final approval and to establish clear corporate governance procedures across the club'. The bad news is that they had to confirm this, which seems a fairly basic thing at a football club.
The more bad news is that it seems clear that Mackay is not exactly top dog at Cardiff, and that Tan won't hesitate before sacking him if results aren't exactly tip-top.
Last season only relegated QPR scored fewer goals than Stoke. The season before, nobody did. In fact, Stoke have ranked in the bottom three scorers in every season they've been in the Premier League, except one.
This season, they are the lowest scorers again with just four goals from seven games.
For all the suggestion that Mark Hughes is improving Stoke's style and moving them away from the Tony Pulis era, there is at least one thing that remains the same.
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GVMUFC, you could be right man. There are so many teams in the League that are fighting for top 4/5 places that it would be hard to get as many points as United did last season. Even teams like Southampton, WBA, Everton, Swansea etc can give the top teams a run for there money on a good day. I hope to God that you're right and we turn things around & go on and win the League, we are 8/1 to win the League just doesn't sound right, that is huge even though we're struggling at the moment.- keano81