With this Premier League season being just as unforgiving as any other, the manager sack race looks set to be completed by another boss before they’ve finished their Christmas turkey. With just six points difference between 18th and 9th, three points can see you sit far more comfortable in the bottom half of the table.
With Roy Hodgson managing to secure Crystal Palace’s second win of the season in a 2-1 victory over Stoke, the Eagles look in a healthier position just three points out of the relegation zone. David Moyes managed to secure his first point as the new West Ham boss as the former Sunderland made his best efforts to battle the hardest part of the Hammers job – winning over the fans.
“They got right behind the players and the players gave them something back. The fans were fantastic, after all the negatives we heard, it was the opposite.”
— David Moyes
It means Hodgson and Moyes have delayed talk of them being the next manager casualties, but elsewhere in the top half of the table Mauricio Pochettino should be feeling the pressure with Spurs’ domestic form way down the pecking order in terms of expected results.
With just one win from their previous four Premier League games, Spurs’ form has seen them slip down to fifth in the table. The usual chit chatter of Wembley woes for Tottenham has recently been hushed with brilliant results in Europe that saw Spurs top their Champions League group.
However, with another draw at home against West Brom, following four dropped points against Burnley and Swansea at Wembley, there’s the same question marks that Tottenham look set for another season as the ‘nearly club’; the side that can pull off the odd brilliant result, but are only going to be the team to apply the pressure – cue the social media memes and another Spurs boss who failed to deliver silverware in north London.
— Match the Bar (@matchthebar) November 27, 2017
Despite Brighton’s 1-0 loss at Old Trafford, Chris Hughton’s side were unlucky not to take a point against Jose Mourinho’s men. The Seagulls still sit 9th in the table with their previous defeat dating all the way back to October the 1st.
Brighton’s brilliant start to the season once again reaffirms Hughton’s credentials as a Premier League manager after the Englishman was harshly dismissed as Newcastle boss; the promoted side are performing way above expectation and with games coming up against Crystal Palace and Huddersfield, Hughton could be sitting in the top half of the table around the Christmas period.
There could be plenty of turkey and trimmings come the 25th of December in the south east, but not much celebration in north London; Pochettino’s next challenge is to turn this around on the road to Leicester.