Football Previews: West Ham travel to Southampton, Charlton to Watford and Millwall entertain Derby
The international break has provided some time for our clubs to reflect on a mixed start to the season.
While West Ham's early form had tailed off, Charlton signed off on a high with a win over Leicester and there were also signs of optimism at Millwall. But this week sees a tough return to action for all three.
Southampton v West Ham United
Kick off: Sunday, 4pm
Odds: West Ham win - 19/5
Striker problems for the Hammers continue to blight their season. Andy Carroll could be out for the rest of the year following an injury in training.
Fans have been relieved by the signing of Croatian forward Mladen Petric but he's short of match practice.
With a lack of goals, manager Sam Allardyce is worried.
"We've gone two games without scoring a goal now, which is something I don't like, even though we've been very good defensively," he told the club's website.
Southampton are tough opposition but the Hammers have not lost against the Saints in the last three meetings.
Meanwhile, defender James Collins has explained why he failed to join the Welsh squad for the recent international match with Serbia - he wasn't asked.
The Hammer was criticised by Wales boss Chris Coleman for refusing to play.
"Had I been asked I would have gladly joined up with my team-mates and represented my country," said Collins.
Millwall v Derby
Kick off: Saturday, 3pm
Odds: Millwall win - 21/10
Leicester's Martyn Waghorn is set to sign on loan for the Lions tomorrow and could go straight in the side for the clash with Derby.
The former Sunderland striker is a big boost for the Lions, although there are question marks over his fitness having yet to start for the Foxes this year.
The 23-year-old signed for three months, but can be recalled by his parent club after four weeks.
Another boost to the struggling Millwall frontline is the return to fitness of Andy Keogh, who may well feature against Derby.
Meanwhile, former Leeds player Paul Connolly has joined the Lions on a short-term deal to add some competition in the right-back position - which is timely because Alan Dunne is suspended.
And with the Lions still looking for their first league win of the season, midfielder James Henry has called for calm.
"We understand that fans are entitled to their opinion and we have the same frustrations as them when results are not going well," he told the Evening Standard. "Everyone is confident and we know that results will pick up."
The Rams have been in inconsistent form this season, winning their last away game 3-0 at Yeovil before losing 3-0 at home to Burnley before the international break.
Watford v Charlton
Kick off: Saturday, 3pm
Odds: Charlton win - 9/2
There were concerns in the Charlton stands when Chris Solly was left out of the last game before the transfer window.
However, that was followed by relief when the full-back signed a four year contract.
"I am enjoying my time here, still improving as a player and the club is going places," said Solly. "I want to be a part of that."
Now he's set to be fit to play against promotion hopefuls Watford on Saturday.
Another player itching to start is Simon Church after spending 180 minutes on the Wales bench during international duty.
Addicks boss Chris Powell says he has a fully fit squad to chose from and is in optimistic mood for Saturday's clash.
"Watford are a good side, make no bones about it," he said. "But we go there on the back of a terrific result."
Charlton have beaten the Hornets just once in their last nine meetings. That came in last year's 4-3 win.