It's a big BPL week for...
1) Crystal Palace
Few could have predicted Tony Pulis' shock departure from Selhurst Park before the season even started but whatever the reasons behind the move, Crystal Palace cannot allow it to affect their season. A bad sequence of results early on could be disastrous for a club that survived relegation for the first time in five attempts last season, and only after the intervention from Manager of the Season Pulis.
Last weekend's performance against Arsenal was encouraging, but the team have to push on and start collecting some points. Caretaker Keith Millen will be determined to give a good showing, especially if he wants to take over the top job permanently.
2) Ed Woodward
While attention might be focused on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, as he tries to deal with the fallout following their opening day loss to Swansea, it is a man in the United boardroom who might be key to where they end up this season.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was blamed for some of United's transfer failings last season, but is is the here-and-now which matters with a new manager and an attacking brief installed. That raw youngsters Tyler Blackett and Jesse Lingard were called upon to make their competitive debuts in the opening fixture indicates the paucity of depth at Old Trafford. Marcos Rojo is a very useful acquisition, but there are plenty of gaps that need filling if van Gaal is to work his magic.
The next ten days before the transfer window shuts will be vital.
3) Stoke City
Mark Hughes has been allowed to add quite a bit of flair to his team this season, and supporters will be hoping this will translate to a good season. At the very least, an improvement on their best-ever finish of ninth last season should be the target.
New signings Bojan Krkic and Victor Moses were sold on Hughes' vision at the Britannia Stadium, but the team will have to bounce back from a disappointing 1-0 loss to Aston Villa in Round 1. Hull City are very much manageable opponents this weekend, and three points is a must if they are to push on this season.
4) Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge
Stevie G will have been reminded of his fateful slip last season, a moment which swung the title race in Manchester City's favour.
Liverpool have an early test of their title credentials this season, as they meet City in Round 2. Gerrard will no doubt be raring to make up for last season with an early statement against the defending champions.
Daniel Sturridge will also be determined to show that he can still be a lethal threat without Luis Suarez. Raheem Sterling stepped up in the first game against Southampton, but can the new 'SAS' do it again against much tougher opposition?
Momentum is everything. This could go two ways and Arsenal's result against Everton could be the decider.
Win and everything's fine: Maximum points from the first two Premier League games and with qualification for the Champions League still a win away.
Lose or draw and it's much more stark though. The opening win against Crystal Palace was scrappy, while goal hero Aaron Ramsey was sent off in the draw against Besiktas and will be missed for the return fixture.