5. Bruce preparing to name that Toon
Nobody was more disappointed after Sunderland’s 5-1 thumping at the hands of Newcastle earlier this season than Steve Bruce.
"What did I do after? I went home and went to bed. I haven't watched the game again. I didn't even watch the news. It was a total blackout," he said this week.
The Black Cats boss has been counting down the days to the return fixture so he can get his own back on the club he has supported all his life, with the events after the defeat at St James’ Park leaving left a sour taste in the Geordie’s mouth.
Throughout the match the home faithful sang 'Daydream Believer' by The Monkees, only the words were changed to mock Bruce. And to further enrage him, the song was played over the PA system as the players walked off the pitch after the game.
Newcastle responded by saying they thought it would go down well with the fans, while Bruce said it was "typical of the club’s etiquette".
Now he’s vowed to get his own back, even choosing what song will be blared out at full-time should Sunderland beat their local rivals on Sunday.
He said: "We have got something in store, but just wait until the end. It is my choice, but the club are a bit scared of it. I am not telling you what it is. But I would love to get my own back!"
4. Who'll be the Twit of the Weekend?
Who thought social networking would have such a big impact on football?
Whether it’s tweeting about injury news, angling for a move, or blasting ex-pros, footballers are desperate to let the world know their opinion these days.
But Ryan Babel took things to new lengths on Sunday as he became the first player to be charged by the FA for remarks made on a social networking site, having questioned referee Howard Webb’s performance against Manchester United before posting a mocked-up picture of the official in a Red Devils shirt.
Jose Enrique, Cesc Fabregas, Wojciech Szczesny, Glen Johnson, Babel… the list is endless. Stoke forward Tuncay even reportedly posted his top 10 goals on Facebook this week to put himself in the shop window, although boss Tony Pulis says he hopes his player was trying to impress him rather than interested parties.
With so many controversies in the last three weeks, could we have any more this weekend? Yes, most probably…
3. The Diouf, the whole Diouf and nothing but the Diouf
One of the most disliked players in the game hasn’t done himself any favours in the last week.
After breaking his leg in two places in a challenge with Gael Givet last weekend, QPR striker Jamie Mackie was branded a "disgrace" by Blackburn’s El-Hadji Diouf. But to make matters worse, the Senegal international has now denied those claims, while hitting back at Neil Warnock for calling him a "sewer rat" after the game.
"I am not disappointed with what Warnock said. Who is Warnock? He is nothing to me. He is not Alex Ferguson, he is not Arsene Wenger, he is not Sam Allardyce or an important manager," Diouf told Sky Sports News.
So the man who is booed at every away ground in the country is no doubt set to receive some more stick as Blackburn visit Chelsea this weekend.
But will Diouf even get a look in after last week’s incident? Who knows, but Warnock says he can’t see Steve Kean giving the forward much longer at the club and believes the sooner he moves abroad, the better.
2. Derbies - with added spice
Three derbies take place on Sunday, with all having added significance due to events over the last few weeks.
Roy Hodgson’s departure from Liverpool has seen Kenny Dalglish return to the Anfield hot seat, but he’s got a huge task to turn around their fortunes, as he soon found out with back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Blackpool.
Everton make the short trip to Anfield this weekend for the match that used to be dubbed 'the friendly derby'. It’s certainly not that anymore, with David Moyes’ men looking to spoil Dalglish’s day once again by doing the double over the Reds.
Steve Bruce’s aim to get revenge on Newcastle has spiced up the Tyne-Wear derby, while Alan Pardew takes charge for the first time against Sunderland since replacing Chris Hughton.
Meanwhile, there’s the small matter of the second city derby. Birmingham host Aston Villa with both sides battling at the wrong end of the table. Alex McLeish has brought in David Bentley ahead of the game for the Blues, while Gerard Houllier has set his sights on a number of players as Villa look to move out of the drop zone.
1. Spurs need to summon the spirit of....Willem Korsten
Tottenham host Manchester United in one of the stand-out games of the weekend on Sunday, but they have not had the best of times against Sir Alex Ferguson’s men over the last few years.
A Willem Korsten brace and a Les Ferdinand goal secured a 3-1 victory over United at White Hart Lane back in 2001, but Spurs are now without a win against the Red Devils in their last 19 attempts, drawing just five of those meetings.
For Korsten - the Dutchman who inspired the memorable victory - it was to be his last ever game as a footballer, as a series of hip injuries prompted him to retire at just 26.
But you have to feel that if Harry Redknapp’s side are to end the run, the time is now. Spurs have lost just one of their last 13 games - 2-1 away to Everton - and their only home defeat in the league this season was against Wigan in August.
And while United are still unbeaten in the Premier League this campaign, they haven’t looked convincing on the road. Just the two wins from their nine away matches presents Tottenham with their best chance for some time to get one over on the league leaders.