Six Premier League gaffers under the spotlight this weekend

Simon Lillicrap by Simon Lillicrap / 09 February 2017, 15:28

Ahead of this weekend’s 25th wave of Premier League fixtures we look at six managers who are feeling the heat.

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Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri’s side overcame Derby in the FA Cup midweek but the Italian remains under pressure. The Foxes have picked up just one point in 2017 and could be in the relegation zone by the time they kick-off on Sunday against a resurgent Swansea side.

Leicester's board have given the Italian the dreaded vote of confidence and it will be interesting to see how focused his side are, as their big Champions League tie against Sevilla is coming up later this month.

Ranieri is currently the favourite in the Premier League sack race at 7/4.

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool have fallen away dramatically in 2017 and Jurgen Klopp has taken the brunt of the blame. The Reds have only beaten Plymouth since the turn of the year and are now five Premier League games without a win, a record not suitable for a club chasing the top-four.

Liverpool face a huge test for their season this weekend as they take on Spurs, a side who haven’t lost since the 11th December. The Reds have put all their eggs into one basket this season and now have a 16-day break after their game this weekend, before their next fixture away to defending champions Leicester.

Klopp is 25/1 to be the next manager to go.

Arsene Wenger

Arsene is coming under more and more pressure to leave his role as Arsenal boss after two damaging defeats have severely dented Arsenal's title hopes. The Gunners were comprehensively beaten by Chelsea last time out and they face a tough test away to Marco Silva’s Hull side, who have beaten the likes of Man Utd and Liverpool in recent weeks.

Something that will irk on Arsenal fans is the fact that they are in real danger of this season being the first they finish behind Tottenham since Wenger took charge (1996). Max Allegri, the Juventus manager, has been loosely linked with the Gunners’ job this week which only increases the speculation that Wenger will call it a day in the summer.

Wenger is 20/1 to be the next manager to go.

Aitor Karanka

Things aren’t looking good for Karanka at Middlesbrough. Seven Premier League games without a win (the longest in the division) means he's under pressure and he reportedly threatened to leave earlier in the month

Middlesbrough host in-form Everton, who put six past Bournemouth in their last fixture, in a must win clash for the hosts. A defeat could spell the end for Karanka whose side could slide into the drop zone if results go against them.

Karanka is second favourite to be the next manager to be sacked at 9/4.

Claude Puel

Southampton may have reached the League Cup final but their league form has been nothing short of shocking. They have lost six out of their last seven games in the league and are sliding towards the relegation zone.

Some fans may take cup success over league form but if they do not come away from Wembley with the trophy then the unrest may grow. Saints face Sunderland away this weekend, a side who shocked everybody in the last round of fixtures by beating Palace 4-0 at Selhurst Park.

Puel is 8/1 to be the next manager to be sacked.

Sam Allardyce

Crystal Palace will be hurting following a 4-0 embarrassment at home to relegation rivals Sunderland and they will be desperate to bounce back this weekend when they travel to Stoke. Sam Allardyce has failed to turn around Palace’s form since he came in and his side are level on points with basement club Sunderland.

Big Sam will be hoping for a sharp improvement in his sides performances as they look to make it two away wins on the bounce.

Allardyce is 14/1 to be the next manager to go.

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