10 things to look out for this weekend: Benitez and Dempsey braced for frosty welcomes as Everton set to battle at Etihad
12:57 GMT, 30 November 2012
As another weekend of Premier League action approaches, Sportsmail's Dominic King offers a break-down of things to keep an eye on.
From Rafael Benitez's latest frosty reception to Everton's bid to snatch three points at the Etihad, it's all below in our comprehensive list.
1. What type of ovation will Rafa Benitez receive
Chelsea managers travelling to Upton Park don’t tend to be warmly welcomed but the barbs are usually directed from the home end.
The Spaniard needs a win to settle things down but not even a victory in this grudge match will endear him to Chelsea’s supporters.
Not again: Rafa Benitez is set for another frosty reception when he takes his team to Upton Park
Banners: Chelsea fans have booed Benitez in both of his games in charge so far
2. Home sweet home for Arsene
Arsenal’s urbane manager remains confident that this season will end with Champions League qualification being secured once more but he could do with his side producing a result and performance like the one that blew Tottenham away earlier this month.
But will the goals flow Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny (85 per cent) and Swansea stopper Gerhard Tremmel (81 per cent) have the best save percentage in the Barclays Premier League.
3 Welcome back, Clint
Players who move to pastures new after giving their all for a club are usually guaranteed a warm reception on their first return but 64 goals in 224 games for Fulham is unlikely to be enough to save Clint Dempsey from a barrage of boos when he sets foot on Craven Cottage wearing a Tottenham kit.
Get ready: Clint Dempsey is also preparing to be booed when he returns to Fulham with Tottenham
4. Can anyone else find the net for Liverpool other Luis Suarez
Since September 29, Liverpool’s highest scorer behind the Uruguayan is own goals. Brendan Rodgers keeps enthusing that his side’s play has been “terrific” but until some steps up to support Suarez, their difficulties will persist.
A more startling statistic is Liverpool are chasing back-to-back home wins for the first time since September 2011. Southampton, meanwhile, are chasing a first clean sheet of the season.
5. All guns blazing at the Etihad or another ‘Alamo’
When Everton last ventured down the M62 to this part of Manchester, David Moyes felt like he was “walking into a gun fight armed with just a knife”, such was the disparity and depth of talent between the two sides.
Now, though, Everton make the same journey imbued with confidence. Roberto Mancini is sure to be twitchy as he only won one game in six attempts against Everton.
Travelling band: Everton will visit the Etihad to try and take three points back to Merseyside
6. Is he really Harry Houdini
After serving up a goal-less draw for starters at Sunderland, QPR fans will head to Loftus Road anticipating their first victory of the season in Harry Redknapp’s first home game.
He might be a top class manager but it will take more than just a couple of training sessions to transform QPR – or does he really have a magic wand
Houdini Harry Redknapp is preparing his team in a bid to earn their first win
7. Which Michael will we see
Since joining Stoke, Michael Owen has been spotted more in television studios than he has on the pitch but Tony Pulis is hopeful he will recover from a hamstring problem to feature against West Brom.
The big question if he is spotted at The Hawthorns, however, is this: will his Village People-esque Movember moustache remain or will he be fresh faced again
Which Michael Owen (left) will be hoping to be among the goals for Stoke this weekend
8. Will Red Robin emulate Eric the Red
It is two decades since Manchester United completed one of the most remarkable transfers in the Barclays Premier League era when bringing Eric Cantona to the club from Leeds; 20 years on, Robin van Persie has made an assured start to life at Old Trafford following a similarly contentious move.
Will he maintain his good form in Berkshire.
9. The perfect farewell or the long goodbye
Away from the Barclays Premier League, one of the biggest narratives is David Beckham’s final game for Los Angeles Galaxy.
History has shown his last games for clubs tend to be spectacular – league championship wins with Manchester United and Real Madrid – and would you put it past him scripting a Hollywood ending in the MLS Cup
Fond farewell David Beckham is ready for his final game for LA Galaxy this weekend
10. Which numbers will be the lucky ones
Every year we hear that the FA Cup has lost its old sheen and lustre but the excitement will be the same as always when the third round draw is made on Sunday afternoon. What are the odds that a real blockbuster tie will be plucked out… perhaps even a return to Anfield for Rafa Benitez
He would certainly be guaranteed a good reception then.