For Ronald Koeman it was the return to Southampton he probably expected but that did not make it any easier.
Sunderland are struggling in the Premier League while Newcastle United are flying in the Championship (notwithstanding Saturday's home defeat against Blackburn).
Saturday's calamitous defeat to Swansea City means Palace are above the drop zone on goal-difference only.
Despite setting up the winner against Burnley at Turf Moor, Sergio Aguero will once again hog the headlines rather than the Brazilian dynamo.
The Tottenham Hotspur teenager did well for the under-18s on Saturday, continuing his superb form this season.
The Swans striker came off the bench to score twice, beating Crystal Palace in a nine-goal thriller on Saturday.
Aston Villa won against Cardiff City in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.
Xhaka was given the full 90 minutes against Bournemouth and delivered a mixed performance.
Stoke City extended their Premier League unbeaten away record with the 1-0 defeat of Watford.
Wolverhampton Wanderers suffered a bitterly disappointing home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship yesterday.
Antonio Conte suggested that his Chelsea side are in perfect shape for a busy mid‑winter after Diego Costa’s goal lifted them to the top of the Premier League on Sunday.
José Mourinho believes Paul Pogba is finding his best form for Manchester United after the midfielder particularly impressed in their draw with Arsenal.
Forget Brexit. Now Chelsea and Liverpool are first and second in the Premier League we should start discussing Chexit and Lexit. This weekend I asked an executive from a leading Premier League club whether Chelsea and Liverpool had an advantage by not being in Europe this season. Of course they have, he replied. The only question is, how much?