Weekend Wanderings: Tottenham host Southampton as Everton play Manchester City and Manchester United Women face Liverpool

It has been a week of cup upsets, shocks and surprises – so often that’s what football gives you.

Some teams have been left stunned and desperate to get back to winning ways, meaning there are plenty of important games this weekend.

Alasdair Hooper has all the games you should be keeping an eye on in this latest round of fixtures.

Tottenham v Southampton (Saturday, 3pm)

Something is seriously up within this Tottenham side. Following a lacklustre result in the Champions League, they were beaten by Leicester and then knocked out of the Carabao Cup.

While Spurs fans are still seeing Colchester in their nightmares, the criticism of the squad continues to ramp up.

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Many are also claiming the Mauricio Pochettino magic has been broken – at least temporarily anyway.

This team desperately need a win soon, otherwise their season risks wilting away into nothingness, and this weekend they face Pochettino’s former club in Southampton.

The home side will still go in as favourites, but the Saints are capable of delivering on their day.

Another defeat for Tottenham and then the alarm bells will well and truly be sounding.

Everton v Manchester City (Saturday, 5.30pm)

Speaking of clubs where the reality has fallen short of expectation, let’s turn to Everton.

Last weekend’s defeat to Sheffield United culminated in jeers raining down on the players from the Goodison Park stands – hardly a welcome feature when the club had big aspirations.

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That defeat marked the end of a seven-month unbeaten run at Goodison and the Toffees still have never fought back from going behind to win under Marco Silva.

Prior to last weekend’s defeat the last team to win at Goodison Park were Manchester City and it’s Pep Guardiola’s side who are next up on the agenda for Everton.

It might be another tough day for those Everton fans.

Manchester United Women v Liverpool Women (Saturday, 12pm)

After Continental Cup action last weekend the WSL is back, with a certain fixture drawing attention on Saturday afternoon.

Manchester United against Liverpool has long been an intense rivalry on the men’s side and the women’s clubs will hope there can be something resembling that drama here.

The reality of the situation though is that both clubs are among three without a point so far in the league.

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Of course, Manchester United have had a tough two opening fixtures – Manchester City and Arsenal to be exact – and will certainly be favourites against a Liverpool team that is still trying to cope with the upheaval of the past.

Vicky Jepson’s side will also be looking for a response after they were beaten by Sheffield United in the cup last weekend, so Saturday lunchtime’s fixture should be quite the affair.

West Ham Women v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday, 2.30pm)

Following the opening day success of the Etihad and Stamford Bridge hosting WSL matches in front of thousands, now is the time for the London Stadium to do the same.

With tickets on sale for just £2 if you’re an adult (£1 if you have a season ticket) West Ham’s home ground is expected to have over 20,000 inside supporting the women’s team in a London derby against Tottenham.

The attendance will likely be a big talking point, considering there isn’t a men’s international break like the WSL opening weekend, but there is also much to talk about on the footballing side.

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Matt Beard’s West Ham team in particular look to have something about them this year, despite narrow losses to Arsenal on the opening day and Chelsea in the Continental Cup.

Forward Martha Thomas, for example, is one to watch out for.

But Spurs will also be looking to boost their points tally. Despite early promise in the league a 4-0 cup loss to Reading was something of a shock.

It should be quite a day for women’s football over in East London.

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid (Saturday, 8pm)

The top of the La Liga table is changing hands regularly at the moment, with none of the big three clubs fully entering their stride.

Despite that it is currently the two Madrid sides who lead the way – Real are top while Atletico are a point and a place behind them.

This Saturday night the Wanda Metropolitano plays host to the Madrid derby, a game that could go some way to deciding who can push on in their quest for the La Liga title.

It is also a game that we have long associated with drama – as you would with Diego Simeone and Zinedine Zidane as managers – so it should be a fantastic watch.

Neither side will want to slip up against their rivals, and a draw would fail to make the most of Barcelona’s major slip up last weekend.

You can follow Alasdair on Twitter @adjhooper1992

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