While these clubs sit at the bottom of the Premier League, each yet to record a win, they should take comfort in how easily fortunes can change.
Tottenham Hotspur are evidence of that.
Winless after three games and with mutterings of discontent festering against manager Andre Villas-Boas, they have now won four in a row, including a memorable and victorious escape from Old Trafford.
With division leaders Chelsea about to visit White Hart Lane and take on their former manager, that run could be about to extend in quite triumphant fashion...or come to a crashing halt.
All this is to say, in a roundabout way, it is still very early in this 2012/13 season, and what is about to come for Tottenham and many others before we even reach Christmas remains to be seen.
For now though, they and we can reflect on a solid start to a campaign that has seen Spurs look a good deal different than the end of last season.
With changes having been made to the playing staff, and those who were already there adjusting to a new manager, new coaches and a new formation, now is as good a time as any to reflect on their respective seasons so far.
Who has stood out and who has work to do? Read on for early-season player grades for Tottenham Hotspur...
NOTE—Players will be marked out of 5, with each going something like this:
5 - Excellent
4 - Great
3 - Decent/Solid
2 - Needs improvement
1 - Poor