Walter Mazzarri on the ropes at Watford

by Jack Kitson / 13 January 2017, 11:33

We have now ventured past the half-way stage of the 2016/17 Premier League season, with four managers falling victim in the Sack Race so far.

Three of these casualties have been ditched in the last three weeks - Alan Pardew, Bob Bradley and Mike Phelan - which has no doubt planted seeds of doubt in the minds of a few of the current 20 incumbents, including Watford manager Walter Mazzarri.

Only a few weeks ago Mazzarri’s Watford were up in 8th spot, just three points behind Man Utd, with whom they beat earlier in the campaign.

How quickly things change in football.

The Hertfordshire outfit have since dropped down to 14th, falling 17 points adrift of Jose Mourinho’s men, who in fairness have been in on a terrific run of late.

But, the statistics make for damning reading for the under-fire Mazzarri.

Watford have picked up only a single point from a possible 15, while they’ve lost six of their last eight games. Ouch.

The defensively fragile Hornets have failed to keep a clean sheet in 10 games, while they’ve notably struggled on the road of late, losing five league games in a row, shipping 14 goals, and scoring just two.

Reports of player unrest certainly aren’t helping what is a difficult situation, with Mazzarri currently the 6/4 favourite for the chop.

On Saturday Watford host a travel-shy Middlesbrough side that have only carved out one win in 10 matches on the road, and that was their opening away game, meaning they are winless in nine away from the Riverside.

Another loss for Mazzarri could therefore be very costly ahead of a tricky brace of away matches to Bournemouth and Arsenal, while there is a potential banana skin in League One side Millwall (FA Cup) sandwiched in between.

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