Each week the Goals Guide will take a look back at the weekend's action, review all the goals and explain any dubious assists. This week, Darren Bent got of to the perfect start to his career at Villa Park, while there were hat-tricks for Berbatov and van Persie as United and Arsenal won big.
South African international Steven Pienaar has been granted a work permit and has completed his move to Tottenham. He is now eligible to make his debut in the game against Newcastle on Saturday.
Manchester City went level on points at the top of the Premier League after beating Wolves, while rivals United were held by Tottenham. Elsewhere all of Sunday's derby matches ended in stalemates.
Debuts and derbies will make the headlines this weekend with Liverpool, Birmingham and the North East set to come to a stand-still on Sunday. Elsewhere, the likes of Dzeko, Bridge, Bentley and Santa Cruz will all make fresh starts at new clubs.
The Insider Eye is back for the first time in 2011 after spending the festive period on a metaphysical journey. A football voyage through time and space. The goal, to foresee the fantasy football fortunes of this coming weekend.
Life at Fantasy League is starting to get back to normal following the always hectic festive season and nothing comes more naturally to a Fantasy Leaguer than making predictions.
The FA Cup got under-way for the Premier League sides on third round weekend, and holders Chelsea began their defence with a convincing 7-0 win over Championship strugglers Ipswich. The Goals Guide looks back at this, and the rest of the third round action.
The FA Cup really gets going this weekend, at the third round stage, as the Premier League and Championship sides begin their quest for glory. Find out which managers are focussed on winning it, and which are using this weekend to rotate their teams.
Leon Best marked his first Premier League start with a hat-trick as Newcastle thrashed West Ham 5-0 at St James' Park on Wednesday night. Elsewhere, there were wins for Wolves, Blackburn, Sunderland and Everton.
Each week the Goals Guide will take a look back at the weekend's action, review all the goals and explain any dubious assists. Eight of the top-10 sides were victorious on New Year's Day, with Chelsea and Bolton losing ground.
Team news ahead of Everton's visit to Glanford Park on Saturday. Phiol Jagielka remains injured while Tim Cahill is away and David Moyes could be tempted to make changes in key attacking areas ahead of this FA Cup clash.
Welsh wonder Gareth Bale was the top points scoring player from the New Year's Day weekend with six points. The Tottenham starlet got the solitary goal that beat London rivals Fulham.