Will Morrison get another chance?
For Ravel Morrison, there are greater tests to come than the one posed to him by Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night. Making his first start for West Ham United more than a year after joining them, Morrison offered a thrilling glimpse of the instinctive talent that led to him being described by some as the best player to emerge at Manchester United since Paul Scholes. The effortless way he went past defenders, weighted passes to perfection and scored stylishly certainly suggested that Morrison is a player who gets football and his team-mates did not need much of a prod to talk about how gifted he is afterwards. "He's a tricky player, he nutmegs a lot of people," James Tomkins said with a laugh. "He's nutmegged me about a hundred times so I'm getting used to it." But it is too early to get carried away. This was only a second-round Capital One Cup match against a side from League Two and, with competition for places in midfield fierce at West Ham, Morrison will probably find himself back on the bench against Stoke City. It could be difficult for Sam Allardyce to keep Morrison there for long, though. Jacob Steinberg
Another 5-2 at the Emirates?
Arsenal are going for the hat-trick: three successive 5-2 victories over Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates. Spurs' previous two visits to their north London neighbours have been chastening experiences and it would be understandable if suffering two 5-2 defeats in the space of nine months, the first under Harry Redknapp and the second under André Villas-Boas, have left psychological scars. When they step on the pitch on Sunday, memories of losing a two-goal lead in February 2012 and of Emmanuel Adebayor's brainless red card last November may come flooding back so, even at this early stage, this could be a defining match in Tottenham's season. The astute way they have handled Gareth Bale's anticipated transfer to Real Madrid and Arsenal's failure to spend have led many to predict this to be the year that Tottenham finally finish above Arsène Wenger's side. Yet Arsenal have repeatedly defied similar predictions and they may suspect that, once the talking is finished, they still have a mental hold on Tottenham. Villas-Boas needs his new-look side to prove that any inferiority complex has been extinguished. JS
Ramsey taking control
Aaron Ramsey is a good footballer. Apologies if that appears to be a case of stating the bleeding of obvious but it needs saying, just so we're all clear on the matter. For long spells last season, Ramsey was targeted by a section of Arsenal's fans who felt that he was not good enough, which might just have had something to do with Ryan Shawcross breaking his leg in February 2010. It has been a long road to recovery since then, yet it is easy to forget how highly he was regarded at that point. Thankfully he appears to be on the way to hitting those heights again, proving his critics wrong in the process, and has been Arsenal's best player in their first four matches. Maybe, just maybe, Wenger looks at Ramsey and sees no reason to buy a new midfielder. JS
Chamakh: goal machine
Although it was a pathetic attempt at a challenge from Marouane Chamakh that gifted Stoke City their winner against Crystal Palace last weekend, at least Ian Holloway could be encouraged about the way that his new striker took his goal in the first half. Hassling the Stoke defence, he won the ball, dropped the shoulder to evade Robert Huth's slide and then drilled a low finish past Asmir Begovic to offer a reminder of why Arsenal signed him from Bordeaux three years ago. Chamakh's problem appears to be that he suffered a total loss of confidence after a promising start at Arsenal. He has been a laughing stock since then but Holloway, perhaps out of desperation, has seen something in him. Chamakh, on a heady streak of one goal in one game, needs to continue repaying his manager's faith against Sunderland. JS
West Brom rediscovering their goalscoring touch
West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City have both made underwhelming starts to the season. For Swansea, defeats by Manchester United and Tottenham are easier to accept, but West Brom will have been concerned by losing at home to Southampton on the opening day and although they earned a creditable draw at Everton last week, they have not scored a goal yet and there is uncertainty surrounding the future of Nicolas Anelka.Steve Clarke's side have won only four times since the turn of the year and alarm bells might start ringing if they lose to Swansea at the Hawthorns; much rests on the shoulders of Shane Long, Matej Vydra and Markus Rosenberg, who all need to rediscover their poise in front of goal. JS
Can Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger rediscover solidity?
Kolo Touré has looked a shrewd signing by Brendan Rodgers but fielding him against Notts County on Tuesday night did not seem so clever when the 32-year-old pulled up lame in extra time: now the man who has brought renewed robustness to the heart of Liverpool's defence is set to miss Sunday's visit by Manchester United, meaning Martin Skrtel is likely to be drafted back into the team. Rodgers thus finds himself hoping that the example that Touré has provided in the early stages of the season will help banish the skittishness that Skrtel and the still overrated Agger displayed regularly throughout the last campaign – but the risk is that United could expose Liverpool's folly in not buying better centre-backs sooner. Paul Doyle
How will Manchester City react to last week's shambles?
Manchester City could have done with Kolo Touré against Cardiff City last weekend as, in the absence of Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Micah Richards, their defence dealt with crosses with the all vigilance of narcoleptic night-watchmen. Roberto Mancini may be gone but City evidently remain prone to nodding off, which suggests the roots of their slackness run deeper than resentment with the Italian's methods. Manuel Pellegrini must sort them out sharpish, as Hull showed during last week's 10-man win over Norwich that they, for one, know how to focus and fight. PD
Will Bent show Newcastle fans what they're missing?
The advice here is for everyone to follow Papiss Cissé's lead and abstain from gambling because there's no predicting how the clash between Newcastle and Fulham will unfold – although if you were to go with form, you'd avoid backing Cissé to be the first goalscorer. Or any Newcastle player. Alan Pardew's side have mustered a grand total of one shot on target in their two Premier League games this season (that, you'll have noted, is an average of half a shot per game. How can you have half a shot? Ask Jonás Gutiérrez, that's what we're saying). Yohan Cabaye may or may not turn out for the home side and Loïc Rémy could make his debut but if Fulham find the groove, then Darren Bent could really rub Newcastle's noses in the brown stuff. PD
Saints' strike force
Every Southampton match is interesting thanks to their dynamic blend of young entrepreneurs, many of them English. The arrival of Pablo Osvaldo has made them an even more fascinating prospect, with competition from, or partnership with, the Italy international set to spur on Rickie Lambert to even greater heights. Lambert and Osvaldo have the energy and smarts to be influential even when not scoring, giving them qualities that Norwich's slick new centre-forward, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, needs to study and learn. PD
Young talent at Everton
Who would have guessed that a prodigy borrowed from Barcelona would make a bigger impact than the three players Roberto Martínez brought in from Wigan? Well, yes. Gerard Deulofeu conjured enough magic during the midweek Capital One Cup win against Stevenage to suggest that he deserves a chance to do his thing in the Premier League. Between him and Ross Barkley, there is plenty for Everton fans to be happy about despite the ominous rumblings around Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini. What's more, Cardiff City have some admirable midfield talent too: Kim Bo-kyung's artful passing and dribbling were among the brightest highlights of last week's win over Manchester City. Cardiff versus Everton could be fun. PD