Mauricio Pochttino consolidates his position at the summit of the Sack Race Power Rankingsby Jack Kitson / 16 January 2017, 16:57Tweet
It’s Blue Monday and it’s fair to say that a number of top-flight managers will be drenched in misery following the 21st wave of Premier League matches.
The struggling trio of Swansea, Sunderland and Crystal Palace all lost, as has so often been the case this term, however their relegation rivals Hull came from behind to win in Marco Siva’s first league game.
Up at the summit Chelsea returned to winning ways, while Spurs equalled a club record winning streak. Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp shared the spoils, whereas Ronald Koeman may just have ended Pep Guardiola’s chances of hoisting the title.
(Numbers in brackets indicates previous standing)
20. (18) Walter Mazzarri (Watford) - Watford’s winless run was extended to 6 games after a drab goalless draw with Middlesbrough. As a result, Mazzarri remains the 6/4 favourite for the sack ahead of two tough away games at Bournemouth and Arsenal.
19. (17) David Moyes (Sunderland) - Falling 3-0 down at home after what was a simply shambolic opening 34 minutes is unacceptable. Moyes’ men are now without a victory in 4, leaving them 19th, while the struggling Scot has now lost 6 home league games in charge of the Black Cats.
18. (14) Claude Puel (Southampton) - The Saints are currently on the worst losing streak in the top-tier, with 4 straight defeats sinking the south coast club down to 13th. Puel's men have notably struggled in front of goal this season (scoring only 19), and with Charlie Austin out until March, the club definitely need to splash the cash on a striker, otherwise their lack of a cutting edge could put them in real danger of getting dragged into a relegation dogfight.
17. (16) Sam Allardyce (Crystal Palace) - Palace lost 3-0 at Allardyce’s former club West Ham meaning the club are 7 games without a win, with Big Sam still looking for his first victory (in 5 matches) since replacing Alan Pardew.
16. (-) Paul Clement (Swansea) - Welcome to the Premier League dugout Paul Clement. The former Derby boss may know the league well from his time as an assistant manager, but the new Swansea gaffer suffered a thumping 4-0 defeat at home to Arsenal in his first top-flight match at the helm, with his side now looking up at all of the 19 other teams.
15. (12) Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) - Leicester have now hit double figures for defeats after losing 3-0 at home to Chelsea. It’s a tough time for the Foxes who have lost a few key players to the AFCON, with this latest defeat leaving them five points above the relegation zone.
14. (15) Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough) - Goal-shy Middlesbrough fired blanks once again - they’ve now failed to score in 5 of their last 7 league games - but at least they returned home with a point, ending a run of 3 consecutive defeats on the road.
13. (9) Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) - Howe will be very disappointed with his troops in a 3-1 defeat to Hull, especially after taking the lead after 3 minutes. The Englishman needs to find a formula for his leaky defence, which has conceded three goals in 5 of their last 6 matches in all competitions.
12. (13) Slaven Bilic (West Ham) - The build-up was dominated by the future of West Ham’s star man Dimitri Payet, however West Ham went on to hammer Crystal Palace 3-0, with Andy Carroll scoring an absolute stunner. Bilic’s decision to bring on Sam Byram was the turning point, while Michail Antonio provided all 3 assists.
11. (6) Pep Guardiola (Man City) - Oh dear, oh dear. After City’s shock 4-0 hammering at Everton Guardiola stated that his side’s chances of winning the title are over. The Citizens have now leaked in 26 goals this season, more than any club in the top-7, while they've conceded four goals in two of their last 4 away games.
10. (11) Mark Hughes (Stoke) - 2 victories in a row now for Stoke, who had previously been on a 5 games winless streak. The Potters roared out the blocks, bagging 3 goals in the opening 34 minutes against a helpless Sunderland, as they moved up to 9th spot.
9. (5) Tony Pulis (West Brom) - Many expected the Baggies to give Spurs a tough game at the Lane, however they saw little of the ball in a 4-0 trouncing. However, the club remains up in 8th while their next 7 games are against teams outside of the top-6.
8. (-) Marco Silva (Hull) - What a start for Silva, who brought home the gold (three points) in his first game as a Premier League manager. A rejuvenated Hull showed fight, passion and spirit as they came from behind to beat Bournemouth 3-1, recording their first win since early November as they leapfrogged both Swansea and Sunderland up into 18th.
7. (10) Sean Dyche (Burnley) - Burnley continued their stunning home form as they grabbed their fourth win in a row at Turf Moor. Only the top-2 of Chelsea and Tottenham have accumulated more points in front of their own fans, with Saturday’s 1-0 victory over the Saints taking their tally to 25 points, while they moved into the top-10.
6. (7) Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) - The Premier League’s longest-serving manager, Wenger, ruptured the league debut of newbie Clement, with a very one-sided 4-0 victory. The Gunners subsequently returned into the top-4, but can the Frenchman hold onto star man Alexis Sanchez?
5. (4) Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) - Liverpool have now dropped 4 points in 2 games, with the 1-1 draw at United leaving Klopp's men 7 points off the summit, while Spurs have jumped above them into 2nd. The Reds will be expected to return to winning ways at home to Swansea, ahead of their mouth-watering clash with Chelsea at the end of the month.
4.(2) Jose Mourinho (Man Utd) - United’s 6 game winning run may have came to an end at home to rivals Liverpool, but at least they extended their unbeaten streak to a dozen games following the 1-1 draw. The Red Devils are now 2 points behind City, and 4 points off the top-4.
3. (8) Ronald Koeman (Everton) - In-form Everton have now registered 10 points from their last 4 games after destroying Man City, giving Koeman his biggest victory to date. Youngsters Ben Davies and Ademola Lookman got their names on the scoresheet in what was a fantastic win for the Toffees.
2. (3) Antonio Conte (Chelsea) - The Blues didn’t allow the furore over the future of Diego Coasta get to them as they swept away Leicester at the King Power. Won 14 of their last 15 top-flight games, and they’re now 7 points clear at the summit. Remarkably Chelsea have more points this season (52) then they had throughout the the whole of last term (50).
1. (1) Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) - 4 star Tottenham made it 6 successive Premier League wins (equaling a club record) after trouncing West Brom 4-0. Pochetinno’s men are now 2nd in the table, with 9 clean sheets, conceding just 14 goals.