Weekend Wanderings: What can we expect from Javi Garcia, Will Chris Powell enjoy a happy Southend return, Will Real Madrid suffer a Copa Del Rey hangover?

With another batch of managerial changes, and the unveiling of Leeds’ shockingly awful new crest, football news continues to stun and bemuse. 

This weekend we have another round of FA Cup action to look forward to, plus plenty of league fixtures both domestically and abroad.

So here are five things that you should be keeping tabs on this weekend.

1) What can we expect from Javi Gracia?

A torrid run of results quickly saw an end to Marco Silva’s tenure at Watford, with the club taking a parting shot at Everton before firing the Portuguese boss.

The Hornets wasted no time in installing a successor, as former Malaga and Rubin Kazan manager Javi Gracia was appointed.

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So what type of team will we see the 47-year-old from Spain put out in his first game?

Despite his opening fixture being in the FA Cup, it’s an all-Premier League tie as Watford travel to struggling Southampton.

Also – you never know – should the Saints lose then Watford’s former boss might just replace Mauricio Pellegrino in the hot seat at St Mary’s.

2) Could this be the upset of the FA Cup fourth round?

Elsewhere in the FA Cup West Ham face a trip to League One table-toppers Wigan Athletic and this has been tipped to be the upset of the round.

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Considering the Hammers required a replay and extra time to get past Shrewsbury in the previous round, logic dictates David Moyes’ side could have problems with Wigan.

However, the 2013 FA Cup winners are also a good team in their own right with 18 victories and 53 goals scored in the league this season.

This Saturday might just be the tie to watch.

3) Will Chris Powell enjoy a happy Southend return?

Following the exit of Phil Brown, Southend United fans collectively rejoiced as former club favourite Chris Powell was appointed manager this week.

The club’s recent run of form has thrown them into the relegation mix in League One, as they lie a place and a point above the drop zone, so Powell will be desperate for an immediate response.

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However, the first assignment for the former Huddersfield and Charlton boss is a tough one; fourth-placed Scunthorpe.

After four straight defeats the Essex club will be looking to break that streak on Saturday.

4) Will Real Madrid suffer a Copa Del Rey hangover?

It hasn’t been a good week for Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid as the club were dumped out of the Copa Del Rey in midweek by Leganes.

However, there’s no time for moping around at Los Blancos as their league position is also well below what is expected of them.

They currently sit fourth and a massive 19 points behind leaders, and rivals, Barcelona.

This Saturday Zidane takes his team to face the side who are a place and five points behind them – Valencia.

Ever since appointing Marcelino in the summer Valencia have been a changed side and, while they may not sustain it, their play has received plenty of plaudits this season.

This could be a very close encounter and an important one in the Champions League race.

5) Can Reading overtake Arsenal in the WSL1?

Arsenal Women are well accustomed to leading the way and challenging for titles.

However, at present they are very much playing catch up to the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and even Liverpool.

The Gunners are currently fourth in WSL1 with the side still yet to fully adjust to new manager Joe Montemurro’s tactics.

This Sunday the Gunners face Reading. If they win then they can keep the pressure on the top teams.

However, should they lose then sixth-placed Reading will overtake them.

This is likely to be a really close affair.

Follow Alasdair on Twitter at @adjhooper1992

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