Weekend Wanderings: Everton and Arsenal managers under pressure, Motherwell out to shock Rangers and Serie A leaders Napoli look to topple Inter Milan

Another Premier League manager has bitten the dust this week as Craig Shakespeare was fired by Leicester City. As the former Foxes coach gets set to watch all the action from the comfort of his sofa here is what you can keep an eye out for this weekend from the comfort of your own.

1. Heat is on dugout rivals

Neither Ronald Koeman nor Arsene Wenger are having a fun time at the moment and, this Sunday, Everton and Arsenal face each other at Goodison Park.

The Gunners fell to Watford last time out in the league – an all too familiar toothless performance – and Everton laboured to a late draw against Brighton to pile further pressure on both managers.

Arsenal managed to restore some pride in the Europa League with a victory over Red Star Belgrade but the Toffees’ woes continued as they were unable to do the same against Lyon – losing 2-1 to the French side. Which manager will receive a boost on Sunday, even if it only proves temporary?

2. Can Liverpool shoot down Spurs?

After smashing seven goals past Maribor Liverpool look like they may have finally solved their scoring woes. However, their next task is a tough one as Tottenham come into the game off the back of an impressive performance against reigning European champions Real Madrid.

With the two sides going head to head at Wembley on Sunday, it’s time to see if Jurgen Klopp’s attackers can continue hitting the right notes. Or – despite finally shaking off the league hoodoo at their temporary home – will the home ground again prove decisive for Tottenham.

Whichever way you look at it this is sure to be an entertaining affair.

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3. Scotland up for the cup

Yes, despite the fact we are only halfway through the month of October in Scotland it is semi-final time. Celtic beat a spirited Hibs 4-2 too book their place in the League Cup final and on Sunday it’s Rangers against Motherwell.

It would be a shock if there wasn’t to be an Old Firm showpiece at Hampden but can Steve Robinson’s men spring a surprise?

4. …From Old Firm to Old Farm?

On Sunday it’s the turn of the Old Farm derby – also known as the East Anglian derby – to take centre stage in the Championship. After a flying start to the season reality as somewhat hit home for Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich and they now lie 10th in the table.

For Norwich, it’s a first taste of the fixture for manager Daniel Farke as he continues to adapt to the division after his arrival from Borussia Dortmund II.

Just a solitary point separates the sides going into the game at Portman Road.

Will it be a victory for the German or can Mick dish out some McCarthy magic?

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5. Can Napoli keep up their incredible start?

With eight wins out of eight, 26 goals scored and only five conceded, Napoli are on a roll. Despite losing to Manchester City in the Champions League, Maurizio Sarri’s team showed they are a force to be reckoned with and the Serie A title is up for grabs this year.

On Saturday Napoli face a top-of-the-table clash with Inter Milan, who are arriving on a high following their derby win last week and sit just two pints behind. This will be a very exciting encounter

Follow Alasdair on Twitter at @adjhooper1992

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