Can Jurgen Klopp avoid suffering consecutive Premier League defeats for the first time ever? Could Ole Gunnar Solskjaer beat Pep Guardiola for the third time in three months? Can Frank Lampard avoid an unwanted statistic?
We pluck out five managerial talking points ahead of the upcoming round of Premier League fixtures...
Mikel Arteta leading the way
It took 45 matches and 423 days but now that Jurgen Klopp has finally been toppled - by Nigel Pearson - you may be surprised to hear that it’s Mikel Arteta who now boasts the current longest unbeaten run of the 20 Premier League managers.
The Arsenal boss is undefeated in seven matches in 2020, and back-to-back wins over Newcastle and Everton means that his side now have the chance to record three consecutive Premier League victories - in one season - for the first time in over a year.
West Ham make the short trip over to the north of the capital without a league away win under David Moyes, while they haven’t tasted success at the Emirates since Slaven Bilic’s opening game in charge back in August 2015.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can beat Pep for the third time in three months
It’s been another mixed season for Man Utd but for the moment at least they are enjoying a decent pocket of form having gone nine matches unbeaten in all competitions since suffering a poor 2-0 defeat at home to Burnley before Christmas.
The Red Devils have been victorious in six of those matches - all to nil - and in the process booked their place in the latter stages of two cup competitions, while they’ve closed the gap between themselves and fourth-placed Chelsea to just three points.
One of the wins came at the Etihad, United’s second triumph at the stadium this season, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has the chance to become only the second manager in history - after Jurgen Klopp - to beat Pep Guardiola three times within the same season.
Not bad considering that only four managers have ever beaten Guardiola three or more times in their entire managerial careers.
Only four managers have beaten Pep 3+ times in their entire managerial careers
Frank Lampard’s home woes
During two spells, a combined six seasons and 106 Premier League home games as Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho suffered just the five defeats, four of which came in his final seven matches at Stamford Bridge as his side completely crumbled at the end of his tenure. That last blip aside, the stadium really was a fortress for the Portuguese coach.
It’s fair to say that Chelsea’s home form is not quite what it was. If the Blues lose against Everton on Sunday than remarkably their current managerial incumbent, Frank Lampard, would already have lost more top-flight matches at the Bridge - as Chelsea manager - than his former boss.
Premier League home defeats as Chelsea manager
- Jose Mourinho: Five defeats in 106 matches
- Frank Lampard: Five defeats in 15 matches
Jose Mourinho’s woes in general
Speaking of Mourinho, he’s come under-fire following a run of four straight defeats during which Spurs have been booted out of the FA Cup by Norwich and suffered a first-leg Champions League loss to RB Leipzig, both at home.
Back-to-back league reverses to former club Chelsea and Wolves means that Mourinho is now in danger of losing three straight Premier League games for only the second time in his managerial career - the first and only time this has occurred came back in 2015 at the end of his second spell at Chelsea.
Eddie Howe to stop Klopp?
While Liverpool may have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions - having lost just two of their previous 45 matches - few if any will be backing the Reds to slip up against relegation-threatened Bournemouth, a club they’ve won their last five matches against by an aggregate score of 17-0.
On top of that, Bournemouth have lost 10 of their last 12 outings away from the south coast, while Liverpool are unbeaten on their own patch in 54 league games dating back three years to when Klopp came unstuck against Big Sam. Howe is 12/1 to conjure up one almighty shock.