Weekend Wanderings: Struggling West Ham take on high flying Manchester City whilst heavy weights Wenger and Mourinho go head to head and Serie A side Benevento strive for their first league point

Winter is well and truly here – the wind is blowing, the temperatures have dropped and there is shedloads of football.

As teams adjust to a congested fixture list some will likely sink while others flourish.

Here are five things you should be keeping an eye on this weekend in the football world.

1) Are we about to see a cricket score?

West Ham are an absolute shambles of a side right now (I should know as I support them).

Wednesday night’s 4-0 thrashing by Everton – who were similarly struggling – was a huge eye-opener for fans and piled vast levels of pressure onto David Moyes and the board.

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On the pitch there is little to get excited about with players looking lost and a defence as porous as a sieve.

So who do West Ham have this Sunday? Well that would be high-flying top-of-the-table Manchester City.

With the exhilarating City attack coming up against the flimsiest imaginable defensive line there could be a flurry of goals.

Furthermore Joe Hart will be unavailable for the Hammers because of his loan deal – Adrian may need to be treated for shock after the game.

2) Wenger v Mourinho: the latest episode in an ongoing feud

Undoubtedly two of the most important and successful managers in Premier League history, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho haven’t exactly seen eye to eye.

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On Saturday evening we will see the latest episode in this managerial rivalry as Arsenal host Manchester United at the Emirates.

The Gunners have picked up their league form of late, as they have risen into the top four, while the Red Devils are aiming to pile us much pressure on their neighbours, City – who sit eight points ahead.

With so much riding on this match you just know sparks will fly somewhere.

3) Can Aberdeen gain instant revenge over Rangers?

Despite sacking Pedro Caixinha on October 26, Rangers still remain under the guidance of caretaker Graeme Murty.

However, on Wednesday night the Gers closed in on second-place Aberdeen with an impressive 3-0 victory at Ibrox.

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The Dons have undoubtedly become an impressive side under the management of Derek McInnes but their inconsistency in crunch games like this have prevented them from truly challenging Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

In a peculiar set of circumstances both Aberdeen and Rangers meet again in the league on Sunday – this time at Pittodrie – with the Dons handed an instant shot at redemption.

McInnes’ side lie four points behind Celtic, but have played a game more, and they must deliver a performance if a genuine title challenge is to materialise this season.

4) Will Benevento ever get a point?

Serie A side Benevento are breaking records this season for all the wrong reasons.

Monday’s 1-0 loss to Atalanta means that the newly promoted side are still without a point after 14 games.

On the face of it Sunday’s fixture looks like it may bring even more misery for Benevento as they host AC Milan.

However, Milan have a new manager in former midfield general Gennaro Gattuso so, if anything, the pressure lies on Benevento’s opponents from here on.

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No side wants to be the first team to concede points to Serie A’s bottom club.

5) Will Borussia Dortmund shake off their derby capitulation?

Last week’s Ruhr derby was incredible as Borussia Dortmund found themselves 4-0 up at half time only for Schalke to fight back in the second to draw 4-4.

Peter Bosz remains under intense pressure as Die Schwarzgelben continue to flounder but the lack of a viable alternative head coach has arguably kept him in the job.

This Saturday it doesn’t get much easier. With Dortmund currently sitting in fifth next up on the agenda is a trip to Bayer Leverkusen – who sit one point and a place behind in sixth.

Dortmund’s character will be tested once again. Can they pass the assessment this time?

You can follow Alasdair on Twitter @adjhooper1992

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