Obviously quite a bit of the admin in the Champions League group stage is already done, dusted and polished, but Daniel Storey finds five matches that still have plenty at stake...
Moyes is lacking 'charismatic authority', Kieran Gibbs is defended, Chelsea's problems are examined and a dreadful chant attacked. It's a glorious mailbox...
There are two things you need to avoid criticism as a football manager. The first is to be a good football manager. Obviously. And sometimes even then you won't dodge all the flak. The second is to be a good guy. If you're a good guy, people won't be so quick to chuck things at your head. Seems a simple enough theory.
Pellegrini might be benefiting from the second point at present, because while it is of course too early to properly draw knives on a new manager familiarising himself with his new territory, City have comfortably been the worst of the title contenders so far, and much harsher things have been said about David Moyes and Jose Mourinho than Pellegrini.
City have made heavy weather of a pretty easy fixture list as well, collecting seven points from games against Newcastle, Stoke and two of the three promoted sides. All while Manchester United and Chelsea have faced each other, as have United and Liverpool, as have Arsenal and Spurs. The one defeat may have come against Cardiff, but the worst performance was against Stoke last weekend, a turgid affair that ranked with the very worst in City's recent history.
And all of this while largely employing a surprisingly rigid 4-4-2 system that doesn't seem to get the best out of many of his players. Pellegrini's start to life as City manager hasn't exactly been the rush of fresh ideas and a new amiable demeanour (with the players - Roberto Mancini was always very friendly in public) that some may have hoped.
There was a touch of the Hodgsons in the Chilean's assessment of the dirge at the Britannia, too: "It was a very tough test. It's a difficult place to come, and it was also difficult because we have a Champions League game on Tuesday and had an international week. So it is a good draw."
A good draw it may have been, but play anything like that in the Manchester derby and there will be trouble ahead.
With comfortable wins against Swansea, Crystal Palace and Bayer Leverkusen, Moyes has succeeded in the 'easy' games, but in drawing with Chelsea and losing to Liverpool, the tougher tests have thus far proved beyond him.
To succeed with Manchester United he cannot get away with just beating the little guys, so the weekend's trip to Eastlands is another chance to prove he can. And he must start proving it pretty soon.
"I always want to play against players when they are at their best. I'm really happy for Wayne that he's on top form."
That was Vincent Kompany, welcoming Rooney back to the land of the scoring this week. Rooney, as we all know by now, is a 'spurty' player. He will look like a god for a few weeks and a dog for the next. The trouble is, it's difficult to tell how long these spurts are going to last.
Apologies if the word 'spurt' in a piece about Wayne Rooney is making you feel bilious, by the way.
With Moyes seeming keen to pair Rooney with Robin van Persie, rather than as back-up to him as he suggested in the summer, there is added emphasis on the Englishman to help the Dutchman out with the goalscoring burden.
United will be hoping this current spurt continues a little longer.
As Sarah Winterburn wrote on Tuesday, Marouane Fellaini's strength in Manchester United's midfield is good news for everyone in the team, taking the pressure off Michael Carrick a little and allowing Rooney to play further up field.
Fellaini was impressive against Bayer Leverkusen, but with the greatest of respect to Simon Rolfes and Emre Can, Fellaini has a rather different proposition on Sunday, coming up against Yaya Toure. This will be the first big test of Fellaini as a United player.
In the Champions League Winners & Losers, Matthew Stanger suggested that Olivier Giroud's injury niggles and lacklustre performance against Marseille might mean this weekend is a good time to rest the Frenchman. Quite who will play in his place is a different matter, and means Wenger has a delicate decision to make.
Do your best not to concede a penalty this week eh, old chap?
One defeat is bad. A second, to Basel, is worse. A home loss to a local rival and people may start wondering if Jose Mourinho is Jose Mourinho anymore.
Mourinho taking the blame for the Basel defeat is grand, but it won't mean much if he doesn't rectify the problems at Stamford Bridge.
One of those problems at Chelsea seems to be scoring goals. Or, more specifically, their strikers scoring goals. With Lukaku eligible to make his debut for Everton after missing last weekend's game against his parent club, he has a good chance to further prove that Chelsea were wrong to let him go.
"When I came here last year, there was no consistency in the performance," said Brendan Rodgers this week. "But now we are just churning out wins and if we can't win we are drawing games with resilient performances, like in the last 25 minutes against Swansea.
"I still believe we will get better and more fluent as the season goes on, so we are happy to be top and we are ready for a fight to stay there."
Brendan is already talking as if Liverpool are title contenders. You can read this in a couple of ways - either that after four decent games this is all a bit previous, and he's just setting himself up to look pretty silly in a few months, or that it shows the sort of admirable positive attitude that they will need if they genuinely are to contend.
Rodgers has certainly assembled the most balanced squad they've had for some time, but as several contributors to the F365 Mailbox have pointed out this week, Liverpool seem to only be capable of playing one half at a time this season. Plus, the absence of Philippe Coutinho for this weekend's game against Southampton, and a few after that, will be a blow.
The good news is that Daniel Agger might be back. "We'll see how he is in the next 24 hours," Rodgers said on Thursday.
"It's too early to say if he'll be ready for the weekend or not. It was just unfortunate it happened the day before the game. We're hopeful he'll be fine by the weekend."
As an aside, this is the final game of Luis Suarez's ban. It's been that little bit quieter without him.
Goals are a problem for West Ham. Indeed, they've scored just two in their four games thus far.
Their defence is keeping them from panic mode (just one conceded), but it's enough to cause Sam Allardyce to vocalise his worries, anyway.
"We're concerned that we haven't scored for a while. It's not that we're not creating chances, but our quality of finishing has to improve. We've ended up drawing two and losing one because of that," Allardyce said on Thursday.
One might suggest that this situation may have been caused or exacerbated by West Ham emerging from the transfer window with only one fit proper striker, having jazzed circa £5million on Stewart Downing when they already had four wingers. Mladen Petric has been signed on a free, but Allardyce doesn't expect him to be fit until Tuesday night's League Cup tie with Cardiff.
They face Everton on Saturday who, despite concerns about Roberto Martinez's ability to organise a defence, have three clean sheets from four games. Don't put much money on goals, goals, goals at the Boleyn.
Only Everton and Liverpool have yet to lose a game this season. Heady times on Merseyside.
Aston Villa players not called Christian Benteke
That's three defeats in a row now, and Paul Lambert's big youth experiment is not going brilliantly.
Andreas Weimann is taking the happy-go-lucky approach, though: "After a defeat, you can't wait for the next game. That's the attitude in camp.
"We all want to go again. We want to put things right and turn things around. We aren't down, no way."
Down he may not be, but Weimann and his colleagues could do with helping Benteke out a little. Only Antonio Luna, with his neat finish against Arsenal on the opening day, has taken the burden off the big Belgian, who has scored the other four goals Villa have managed this season.
One shudders to think what shape Villa would be in had Benteke not changed his mind and signed a new contract in the summer.
An unexpected away win is much like breaking serve in tennis - it's not much good if you then go and lose the easy home game. Alan Pardew will know a win over Hull is just as important as that success at Villa last week.
A goal! Huzzah! But still no win. Booooo. The good news for Steve Clarke is that the only other team yet to register three points visit the Hawthorns this weekend, with Paolo Di Canio's flying circus landing on Saturday.
A fun game for neutrals watching might be to try and imagine two more behaviourally opposed managers on the touchline. This neutral can't think of any - can you?
Nick Miller - follow him on Twitter
@crazyballs> Its too soon to be talking about Pool going in the right direction and City/Chelsea going in the wrong. Both City and Chelsea have much superior squads to Pool and they both have owners who will throw money at any problem they may have.- Synergy
Its hilarious to see that after a couple of wins, Liverpool fans already transformed into the "This year is our year" fans. Can you wait till you actually finish in the top 4 before claiming Pool are on the up and about your great depth (what depth? - who is your reserve striker if Sturridge gets injured during Suarez annual ban?, what about defenders?)