Marco Silva storms up the Sack Race Power Rankings

by Jack Kitson / 06 February 2017, 15:37

The 24th wave of Premier League matches produced some huge results, at both the top and bottom of the table, meaning there’s been a fair few moves in the latest edition of the Sack Race Power Rankings (SRPR).

It will come as no surprise to see that Antonio Conte has retained his place at the summit of the SRPR after Chelsea recorded their ninth success home win: a comprehensive 3-1 defeat of Arsenal. The Blues briefly moved 12 points clear at the top, although Tottenham then cut this margin back down to nine points. However, it’s difficult to envision Conte’s men chucking this one away, with the table-toppers now as short as 1/8 to win the title.

In stark contrast, it’s been an abysmal five days for Arsene Wenger whose hopes of ending his 13-year wait for another title have all but been extinguished following damaging back-to-back defeats to Watford and Chelsea. The limp loss to the Blues, Arsenal’s fifth in a row at Stamford Bridge, means that Wenger’s Sack Race odds were cut from 66/1 to 25/1….and this banner summed up the mood of an ever-growing band of frustrated fans…

Ronald Koeman’s Everton continued their superb form of late, trouncing Bournemouth 6-3 in an enthralling encounter at Goodison Park. The Dutchman, who springs up to 2nd spot, has now accumulated 17 points from his last seven matches, while over in the other corner Eddie Howe has slumped down to 18th, with the Cherries winless in five.

Many ridiculed Marco Silva’s appointment at Hull City, but it’s so far proved to be a shrewd move by the club, who stunned Liverpool 2-0 on Saturday. Silva (3rd) has now registered seven points from four top-flight games, while he’s triumphed in all four of his home league and cup games.

Meanwhile, a woefully out-of-sorts Liverpool are still searching for their first win league win in 2017 (D3 L2), with their perplexed boss Jurgen Klopp now 15th in the SRPR.

Mauricio Pochettino (5th), Pep Guardiola (6th) and Tony Pulis (7th) are next in the table after wins for their respective sides.

Pochettino’s Spurs side bagged their seventh win during a nine game unbeaten run, while Guardiola’s decision to hand Gabriel Jesus his second start paid dividends as the Brazilian bagged a brace in a last-gasp 2-1 victory, which moved Man City up to 3rd spot. Elsewhere, Baggies boss Pulis made it four wins in six as his side became the latest team to hit double figures in wins.

Jose Mourinho moves up to 7th spot after Man Utd made it 15 league games unbeaten following a 3-0 win over Leicester, although the Red Devils remain rooted in 6th, although now only a single point behind rivals Liverpool, and two points adrift of the top-4.

That pummelling means that Claudio Ranieri remains rooted to the bottom of the SRPR. Leicester are now winless in five matches, the last four of which have been defeats, with Ranieri’s in the firing line as a result. The Italian was a 50/1 shot for the sack a couple of months ago, but he now finds himself as short as 6/4, and in serious trouble.

One of the most significant results of the weekend came in the capital where Sunderland trounced relegation rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Sam Allardyce had reason to be confident heading into the game against his form clubs after nabbing his first Palace win a few days earlier. Meanwhile, rock-bottom Sunderland, were without a win in six, and had lost their last six away games in all competitions.

However, the Black Cats roared out of the blocks, storming into a simply stunning 4-0 lead at half-time, three of which came in the space of just six minutes. David Moyes subsequently moves four places up to 14th, while Big Sam fell to 17th, with five defeats from seven games.

Claude Puel (16th) and Aitor Karanka (19th) are once again in trouble in the Sack Race after faltering once again, whereas Walter Mazzarri has moved up to 10th and out to 12/1 in the betting after Watford made it eight points from their last four games.

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