Sack Race Power Rankings: Conte stays top and Moyes moves off bottom

by Jack Kitson / 07 November 2016, 14:58

The 11th round of Premier League fixtures saw a glut of goals as 19 of the 20 teams found the back of the net (sorry Everton) over the weekend.

Chelsea and Liverpool were once again in scorching form, while David Moyes finally bagged his first win in charge of Sunderland.

Below we take a look how each of the 20 managers measure up in the latest edition of the Sack Race Power Rankings.

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Numbers in brackets indicate previous ranking

20. (18) Bob Bradley (Swansea) - Bradley may only have taken charge of four Premier League games but he’s already sunk to the foot of the rankings following the Swans’ 3-1 defeat at home to Man Utd. The American, who went from 33/1 to 8/1 (Paddy Power) in the Sack Race, has picked up only one point since stepping into the dugout, with his troops still winless since the opening day of the season.

19. (20) David Moyes (Sunderland) - He’s off the bottom! For the first time since before the international break Moyes is not rooted to the foot of the rankings after the Scot finally conjured up his first win of the season, at the 11th attempt. Sunderland showcased their fighting spirit, winning 2-1 at Bournemouth despite playing the final half hour with 10 men.

18. (19) Mike Phelan (Hull) - Phelan oversaw his first win as permanent manager of Hull after his troops came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1. The Tigers saw little of the ball in the first half but in the space of three second-half minutes (61st to 63rd) they had equalised then snatched a shock lead, giving the club their first victory since August, and in the process ending a six game losing streak.

17. (15) Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) - Pardew has gone from flavour of the month to flop of the month after Palace sunk to their fourth successive defeat. The Eagles battled back from 2-0 down to 2-2 at Burnley, but then inexplicably conceded in the 94th minute, meaning the club have now lost 18 of their 30 top-flight matches in 2016.

16. (16) Slaven Bilic (West Ham) - West Ham’s disappointing start to the season continued after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke, leaving the Iron one point above the relegation zone after 11 matches.

15. (13) Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) - Leicester’s 20 game unbeaten league home run came to a limp end after they lost 2-1 at home to the Baggies. The defending champions now have just three wins from 11 matches, leaving the club down in 14th, just two points above the dreaded drop zone.

14. (9) Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) - The Cherries became the first team to lose to Sunderland this season after slipping to a 2-1 defeat, in what was a desperately disappointing loss for Howe’s men, who are now without a win in three games.

13. (17) Tony Pulis (West Brom) - The Baggies became the first team to beat Leicester at the King Power stadium since September 2015, in what was a fantastic result for Pulis and his troops, who had been without a win since mid-September.

12. (14) Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough) - Boro’s impressive u-turn in form continued as they held Man City to a draw. Boro have now come away from both the Emirates and Etihad with a point, with a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth sandwiched in between.

11. (8) Claude Puel (Southampton) - Southampton have now lost back-to-back league defeats for the first time under Puel after slumping to a surprise 2-1 reverse at Hull. Despite taking a 1-0 lead and dominating the match, three minutes of negligence cost Saints, who will still be in shock at how they came away from Hull empty handed.

10. (7) Ronald Koeman (Everton) - Everton were completely and utterly outclassed in a 5-0 drubbing at Chelsea - conceding five for the first time since August 2014. Worryingly the Toffees managed just one shot, and that was off-target, while allowing the Blues to fire 21 in the other direction. Need a vast improvement at home to Swansea.

9. (12) Jose Mourinho (Man Utd) - United were victorious for the first time since September following a comprehensive 3-1 victory at Swansea, with both Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2) finding the back of the net, while Wayne Rooney was involved in all three goals. Huge game up next against Arsenal.

8. (10) Mark Hughes (Stoke) - Hughes has now soared up to 7th in the rankings after Stoke extended their unbeaten run to an impressive six games - the fourth best undefeated streak in the league. The Potters are now level with Southampton on 13 points, while only goal difference prevents the club from a position in the the top-10.

7. (5) Walter Mazzarri (Watford) - Watford simply had no answer to Liverpool’s rip-roaring football, but then few teams do. Mazzarri will naturally be disappointed at the 6-1 thrashing, especially from a defensive point of view given that his troops had only conceded five in their previous six games.

6. (6) Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) - Spurs remain the only unbeaten team in the league, but it’s now been four matches without a win following four consecutive draws for the capital club, who are now five points adrift of the summit. In truth a point at the Emirates is a decent result, but Pochettino will be looking for his side to return to winning ways after the international break.

5. (11) Sean Dyche (Burnley) - It’s been an incredible couple of weeks for Burnley who stormed into the top-half of the table after a last-gasp victory at home to Crystal Palace. Dyche’s men have now accumulated seven points from their last three matches, while their home form has been superb, winning four of the last six in front of their own fans.

4. (4) Pep Guardiola (Man City) - Just a few days after powering past Barcelona Guardiola’s men failed to beat Middlesbrough, conceding a 91st minute equaliser, meaning they dropped to 3rd. The Citizens have now only triumphed in one of their five league games.

3. (3) Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) - The Gunners had the chance to go top of the table, but were held by rivals Tottenham in the North London derby. Arsenal are now unbeaten in 10 league games, but will be disappointed at dropping four points from their last two home games.

2. (2) Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) - The Reds shot to the summit of the league ladder after blowing away an in-form Watford 6-1 at Anfield. Klopp’s troops were relentless in attack, yet again, as they registered their third win on the spin, and 22nd point from their last eight matches.

1. (1) Antonio Conte (Chelsea) - Chelsea whipped up one of the performances of the season after swatting aside Everton 5-0 at the Bridge. Conte’s men are in absolutely scintillating form, picking up maximum points from their last five games, beating all of Man Utd, Leicester, Southampton, Everton, and Hull to nil.


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