There's no stopping Antonio Conte in the latest Sack Race Power Rankingsby Jack Kitson / 13 December 2016, 14:28Tweet
It was an enthralling weekend of Premier League football (well on Saturday anyway) with a whopping six of the 10 games containing 4+ goals.
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea made it 9 wins out of 9, while title-rivals Arsenal are now unbeaten in 14 games, but Liverpool, Man City and Tottenham all dropped points.
At the other end of the table Swansea were the big winners, with their 3-0 win over relegation rivals Sunderland dropping David Moyes’ men down to 20th.
Check out where each manager stands after the latest round of results:
Numbers in brackets indicate previous ranking
20. (19) Mike Phelan (Hull) - Hull twice led fellow strugglers Palace, but were unable to get a valuable victory after leaking in a late goal from former player Fraizer Campbell. The Tigers, who have just 1 win in 13, desperately need to strengthen a fragile defence that has conceded a league-high 32 goals this term.
19. (20) Slaven Bilic (West Ham) - Bilic is once again the outright favourite for the sack despite earning a creditable point at Liverpool. But, while the Hammers will be pleased with a draw at Anfield, it’s now 6 games without a win for the 17th-placed Irons, who now have 2 crunch clashes at home to Burnley and Hull.
18. (14) David Moyes (Sunderland) - The momentum Sunderland built up during a run of 3 wins in 4 games has been abruptly dashed following a shocking 3-0 defeat at Swansea, which saw Moyes’ men return to the foot of the table.
17. (17) Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) - It’s 4 points in 2 games for Palace, who rescued a point at the death against Hull following an 89th minute equaliser. Pardew is by no means safe in the dugout, but a win over Man Utd will ease the pressure somewhat.
16. (18) Bob Bradley (Swansea) - 2 wins in 3 games for Bradley’s boys who impressively carved out a comprehensive 3-0 victory at home to relegation rivals Sunderland. The Swans now have 2 tough trips to West Brom and Middlesbrough as they go looking for their first away win since the opening day.
15. (13) Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough) - Boro may have only suffered only their second away defeat of the season but the result left the club three points above the dreaded drop zone. Karanka’s troops were unlucky not to find the back of the net at St Marty’s but the fact is that they are now the lowest scoring team in the top-flight (13).
14. (12) Ronald Koeman (Everton) - The pressure is rapidly mounting on the shoulders of Koeman whose struggling troops are now without a win in 5 games, while they’ve only triumphed once in 11 league and cup games since mid-September, and it’s difficult to see anything changing against in-form Arsenal.
13. (15) Sean Dyche (Burnley) - After a 3 game losing streak Dyche’s men returned to winning ways with an entertaining 3-2 victory at home to Bournemouth - the club’s 5th home win of the season, which is second only to Chelsea.
12. (16) Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) - Just about everyone has been having a dig at the champions of late, but they quietened the critics with a stunning 4-2 victory at home to Man City, in what was delightful display bursting with pace, precision and passion. The next task is bagging their first win on the road.
11. (8) Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) - If you crave goals then just watch Bournemouth whose last 3 games have contained a staggering 16. The Cherries were unable to back-up their stunning 4-3 victory over Liverpool, losing 3-2 at Burnley, but you can expect another entertaining encounter on Tuesday when they take on Leicester.
10. (11) Claude Puel (Southampton) - The Saints suffered a devastating exit from the Europa League on Thursday, but on Sunday they showed no signs of a hangover after beating Middlesbrough 1-0. While their home form has been decent, they’ve only won 1 in 7 on the road, something they will look to change on Wednesday at Stoke.
9. (6) Mark Hughes (Stoke) - Stoke have really improved of late, but despite taking the lead at the Emirates they weren’t able to hold on as they lost away to Arsenal for the 15th time in a row. The result won’t dent their confidence though, and they will now be looking to grab points at home to Southampton and Leicester, who are both wobbly on the road.
8. (5) Pep Guardiola (Man City) - City have lost back-to-back league games under Guardiola for the first time after slumping to a dismal 4-2 defeat at champions Leicester, meaning they’ve conceded seven goals so far in December. Desperately need to find their swagger again before Chelsea storm out of sight.
7. (9) Walter Mazzarri (Watford) - The Hornets put a halt to a 2 game losing streak after condemning Everton to their third defeat in five games. Mazzarri’s men subsequently moved up to 7th spot and will now look to become a thorn in the side of Man City on Wednesday.
6. (7) Tony Pulis (West Brom) - A stubborn West Brom side came within 15 minutes of becoming the first team to take points off Chelsea since September, but were undone by a cracking goal by Diego Costa. The defeat ended the club’s four game unbeaten run, but they did impress at Stamford Bridge, and they should now return to winning ways at home to struggling Swansea.
5. (10) Jose Mourinho (Man Utd) - For once Man Utd managed to hold onto a 1-0 lead as they bagged a valuable victory over Tottenham, moving to within 3 points of the capital club. United are now unbeaten in 6, but can they win back-to-back league games for the first time since August?
4. (3) Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) - Tottenham slipped 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea after a narrow 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford. It was the club’s second defeat in three games, having previously gone unbeaten in their opening dozen.
3. (4) Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) - Liverpool once again dropped points from a winning position as they were held to a 2-2 draw by struggling West Ham. The defensively fragile Reds are by no means out of the title race, but Chelsea now have a six-point advantage, with Klopp’s troops winning only 1 of their last 4 games. Big mistakes have cost them of late.
2. (2) Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) - Arsenal showed their fight and determination after battling back from 1-0 down to beat an improved Stoke side 3-1, which extended their unbeaten league run to 14 matches. The Gunners now have to negotiate points from two tricky away games at Everton and Man City.
1. (1) Antonio Conte (Chelsea) - Chelsea made it 9 wins out of 9 after a fine goal from free-scoring striker Diego Costa. Conte’s men remain three points ahead at the summit, but crucially have now increased the margin between themselves Liverpool and Man City.
You've gotta love Antonio Conte's passion...pic.twitter.com/t3X3xbcgOQ— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) December 11, 2016