1. No wins for either side so far but Norwich will approach their home game against West Brom the more buoyant mood of the two. Two draws and a 3-1 loss to Chelsea that did not accurately reflect their performance is something for the promoted side to build on.
On the other hand West Brom also played well against Chelsea and Manchester United and lost and when Stoke came calling two weeks ago the result was the same.
Things need to turn for West Brom before a confidence sapping winless streak takes hold. A scoreless draw might even be welcome – an outcome that West Brom has avoided in their last 83 league matches.
2. Fulham and Blackburn are two teams that have become fixtures in the Barclay’s Premier League with this being their 11th and 18th respectively. But neither has made good starts to the new season and both will be aware that with every round that comes and goes without a win, the words relegation-battle will be increasingly heard.
Nonetheless Blackburn Rovers can point to the fact that they have already hit the frame of the opposition’s goal three times – all last season that happened only five times.
If either side does score it will be close to uncharted territory so far this season. Fulham have yet to lead in any of their three games while Blackburn has led for a total of two minutes. Fulham will be looking to new signing Brian Ruiz for goals. The Costa Rica striker was prolific for Twente in Holland with 36 goals in 61 games.
3. QPR and Newcastle operated on two different ends of the transfer window spectrum. While Newcastle were limited to a late but unsuccessful attempt to snatch Brian Ruiz from Fulham QPR sent a message that will not go quietly back to the Championship – certainly not after signing Joey Barton from Newcastle.
Joining Barton at Loftus Road are Anton Ferdinand from Sunderland and Shawn Wright-Phillips.
Wright-Phillips has a chance to revitalize a career that over the last few seasons has been limited to sporadic appearances – normally from the bench.
Adel Taarabt was regarded as the player carrying QPR’s hopes when the season got underway. However, with 14 shots without a goal Taarabt has yet to deliver on initial expectations.
4. What are the chances that Palermo and Inter Milan will have the same coaches at the end of this season? At the end of this year? At the end of this month?
Palermo has Stefano Pioli replacing the hired/fired/hired/resigned Delio Rossi and he has to meet the expectations of crackpot President Maurizio Zamparini.
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini has out done himself firing new manager Stefano Pioli before a ball was kicked seriously. Last reports had Devis Mangia in charge as a caretaker manager but perhaps the best option is to check on the day of the game.
Whoever takes charge of Palermo this season has to do without Javier Pastore and Salvatore Sirigu who have departed for PSG in big money moves. This just a season after Edinson Cavani left for Napoli.
Palermo still has a core of talented players in the shape of Josip Ilicic, Abel Hernandez and Mauricio Pinilla and there is still Fabrizio Miccoli.
Nonetheless matching last season’s 8th place would constitute a tremendous performance.
Inter Milan and new coach in Gian Piero Gasperini (fourth manager in 16 months) offer one of the most intriguing stories of the new Serie A season.
Gasperini went with a very attacking and high pressure 3-4-3 system at Genoa – will he try for the same at the Giuseppe Meazza?
Inter will have new signings midfielder Ricky Alvarez, forward Diego Forlan and Jonathan from Santos.
They will also look forward to getting full seasons from Giampaolo Pazzini – score 11 goals in 17 games for Inter after moving from Sampdoria – and full back Yuto Nagatomo who arrived from Cesena.
The biggest hole in this Inter team is on account of Samuel Eto’o (33 goals in 67 Serie A games) who has opted for life in Dagestan.
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