Advocaat, Mourinho and Clement are all bidding to bounce back this weekendby Jack Kitson / 21 August 2015, 09:18Tweet
The third round of Premier League football takes place this weekend, and already a couple of managers are under the spotlight, which doesn't bode well at this early stage in the campaign. We also take a look at a Championship boss who has experienced a tough start to life in the managerial arena.
Sunderland have endured a nightmare start to the new campaign, suffering heavy defeats to Leicester City (4-2) and then Norwich (1-3), leaving boss Dick Advocaat (evens Sky Bet) quivering all alone at the summit of the Premier League Sack Race.
Next up for the Black Cats are an in-form Swansea at the Stadium of Light. The Swans have enjoyed a cracking start to the season, drawing 2-2 at Chelsea on the opening day, before disposing of Newcastle (2-0) last weekend.
The Welsh outfit are unbeaten in six clashes with the Mackems and given the current form of both teams, they look worth backing at 11/10 (Bet Victor) to return home with the victory. Meanwhile, a third consecutive defeat will be difficult to take for both Sunderland and Advocaat, who would subsequently be under immense pressure.
Jose Mourinho will be absolutely fuming on how the new term has started. Chelsea were fortunate to cling onto a point at home to Swansea on the opening day, while they were comprehensively beaten by title rivals Man City last weekend, despite the 52-year-old's claims that it was a "fake result".
As a result Chelsea are way down in 16th, and already a whopping five points adrift of City and United, while the whole doctor saga still hovers ominously over Stamford Bridge.
The Blues boss will be hoping that normality resumes away to West Brom on Sunday, however the Hawthorns is a venue that Chelsea have flopped at in recent years, picking up just one point from their last four visits. With this in mind Mourinho is definitely worth keeping an eye on at 16/1 to be the first top-flight manager to leave.
Derby headed into the 2015/16 season as the ante-post favourites to win promotion to the Premier League. During the summer the Midlands club axed Steve McClaren in favour of the highly talented coach Paul Clement, who left his post at Real Madrid in order to venture into the managerial arena for the first time.
However, three games in and excitement has quickly turned into concern following three consecutive league draws, while lets not forget that the the Rams were also booted out of the League Cup by fourth-tier side Portsmouth.
Clement's job is by no means under threat, yet, but a defeat at Birmingham tonight will leave the club's owners with some food for thought.