Nathan Ake started for Watford, who returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United. Incidentally, their previous win before this game had also come against Newcastle, in the FA Cup two weeks ago. Watford face none other than Chelsea in their next Premier League fixture, meaning that the youngster will be ineligible to play. Hopefully, this means that he will start their upcoming FA Cup match against Nottingham Forest instead!
Marco van Ginkel could only watch from the bench as Stoke City crumbled against league leaders Leicester City, losing 3-0. In the absence of Geoff Cameron, unfortunately it's been Ibrahim Afellay who has been preferred to Van Ginkel instead in the center of the midfield.
Victor Moses replaced Michail Antonio in the 65th minute of West Ham United's 2-2 draw versus Manchester City. The Nigerian has his work cut out, as the ex-Nottingham Forest winger Antonio impressed in his absence and continues to hold down a starting spot.
Lucas Piazon started Reading's 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday, but was replaced at half-time by new acquisition, Yann Kermorgant. Michael Hector was an unused substitute.
Middlesbrough lost their second game in a row, 1-0 to Nottingham Forest this time, and now sit one point behind new leaders Hull City, albeit with a game in hand. Tomas Kalas was brought on in the 40th minute, replacing the injured left-back, George Friend.
After a recent run of woeful form, Brentford turned their fortunes around with a 3-1 victory over Preston North End. John Swift scored their final goal, and was brought off in the 90th minute.
His other main highlight included making fools of no less than three PNE defenders.
Featuring for the first time in this season's loan reports, Alex Kiwomya made his debut for Fleetwood
Mac Town, getting a solid half hour off the bench under his belt in their goalless draw against Doncaster Rovers.
Mitchell Beeney started his second consecutive game for League Two side Newport County, who drew 2-2 against Dagenham & Redbridge.
Todd Kane started for NEC Nijmegen, who could only manage a scoreless draw against FC Groningen but remain only 5 points off third-placed Feyenoord.
Vitesse Arnhem are back level on points with the aforementioned local rivals NEC, after losing to a less than convincing Ajax side, 1-0. Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke both started, and while Solanke was taken off in the 74th for Abiola Dauda, Brown lasted the entire game. Lewis Baker was brought on to replace the unimpressive Sheran Yeini in the 84th minute. One has to wonder just how long Yeini will continue to keep the young starlet out of the side with displays like that! Danilo Pantic was an unused substitute, and Nathan, who still lacks adequate match fitness, did not feature in the match-day squad.
Jeremie Boga was brought on for Paul-Georges Ntep in the 62nd minute as Rennes edged past Ajaccio 1-0. Boga and his side now sit two points behind third-placed Nice, five behind second-placed AS Monaco, and 26 points behind leaders PSG. It's not over until it's over!
Mario Pasalic was an unused substitute for AS Monaco.
Borussia Monchengladbach didn't quite kick off the second half of their campaign in a desired manner, losing to Borussia Dortmund, just as they did in the season opener. Andreas Christensen started in the heart of defence alongside Nico Elvedi but couldn't prevent Gladbach from losing 3-1 to the second-placed Dortmund side. Although both fixtures had the same outcome this season, Gladbach did put in a relatively better defensive display than they did in their disastrous opening game.
Another new addition to Chelsea's loan army, the enigmatic Papy Djilobodji started for Bundesliga strugglers, Werder Bremen. They beat Schalke 04, 3-1; their first victory in the league since the beginning of November.
Coincidence? I think not. #Werder
Great first game and great team win today!! Very happy to be a part of it! #Werder 1er match & belle victoire collective!— Papy Djilobodji (@papydjilo15) January 24, 2016
Nathaniel Chalobah was an unused substitute for Napoli in his first game back since bereavement leave. If we needed any further proof of just how well he's fit in with the team, here's the touching group hug from Mertens & Co on the sideline.
Juventus, who sit two points behind Napoli in second place, won 1-0 against AS Roma. Juan Cuadrado replaced Stephan Lichtsteiner in the 66th minute.
Stipe Perica started Udinese's game against Palermo, in which they were rather unfortunately sent packing with a 4-1 loss. Perica was replaced in the 52nd minute.
Cristian Cuevas started for STVV and as did Victorien Angban, who returned from his lengthy injury layoff but was replaced at half-time. Joao Rodriguez remains out due to injury.
Cristian Manea was absent for Mouscron.
Marko Marin and Trabzonspor have to wait to face Besiktas, as they saw their weekend fixture postponed due to adverse weather conditions.
Wallace kicked off his loan spell at Gremio with a start versus Novo Hamburgo, in a friendly.