Premier League Week 7 Predictions: Managers with Most to Fear This Weekend
Premier League management is a stressful job.
With players, backroom staff and fans to satisfy, leading any team in England's top flight has the potential to put the fear in bosses who face huge pressure. One rapid string of poor results is all it takes to secure extra media attention, but as we head into the next round of Premier League fixtures, which managers have the most to worry about?
Let's take a look at those who may wish to close their eyes.
Managers with Most to Fear This Weekend
David Moyes, Manchester United
Starting with the most obvious selection, David Moyes must be wondering what he has done to deserve a constant grilling from many Manchester United supporters and members of the media.
Granted, the former Everton boss has suffered a nightmarish start to life at the Theatre of Dreams. With three losses in six Premier League games, he is just two defeats away from equalling United’s total from last season’s championship-winning campaign.
|Home Team:||vs.||Away Team:||Date, K/O Time and Location:||Prediction:|
|Manchester City||vs.||Everton||Oct. 5, 12:45 p.m BST, Etihad Stadium.||2-0|
|Cardiff City||vs.||Newcastle||Oct. 5, 3:00 p.m BST, Cardiff City Stadium.||1-2|
|Fulham||vs.||Stoke City||Oct. 5, 3:00 p.m BST, Craven Cottage.||1-0|
|Hull City||vs.||Aston Villa||Oct. 5, 3:00 p.m BST, KC Stadium.||1-2|
|Liverpool||vs.||Crystal Palace||Oct. 5, 3:00 p.m BST, Anfield.||3-0|
|Sunderland||vs.||Manchester United||Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m BST, The Stadium of Light.||2-2|
|Norwich||vs.||Chelsea||Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m BST, Carrow Road.||0-1|
|Southampton||vs.||Swansea City||Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m BST, St. Mary's Stadium.||1-1|
|Tottenham||vs.||West Ham||Oct. 6, 4:00 p.m BST, White Hart Lane.||2-0|
|West Brom||vs.||Arsenal||Oct. 6, 4:00 p.m BST, The Hawthorns.||1-2|
Fixtures via BBC Sport.
Life after Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be easy, especially as Moyes needs significant time to assert his ideas. The Red Devils’ upcoming trip to Sunderland provides him another opportunity to do that, but with the Black Cats yet to name a successor to Paolo Di Canio, the Stadium of Light has the potential to become something of a rejuvenated arena.
Should United stutter like they did against Liverpool, Manchester City and West Brom, Moyes’ rapidly deteriorating reputation will crumble even further. The Old Trafford crowd is not a patient one—they haven’t had to be over the years—but with the club in transition, stifling their frustration is certainly the best way forward.
Martin Jol, Fulham
Fulham quite often emerge as one of those teams that teeters in the bottom half without going dangerously close to relegation.
If the Cottagers’ start to this season is anything to go by, survival should be outlined as the No. 1 priority this year. Martin Jol’s side have picked up just four points in six games, suffering defeats against Arsenal, Newcastle, Chelsea and Cardiff.
It’s the most recent loss against Malky Mackay’s Welsh outfit that should have supporters most worried, as Jol forced his side into an early deficit with a team selection that allowed the visitors too much time on the ball. Although Fulham scored after a quick substitution before half-time, a lack of spark saw the Londoners drop into the relegation zone with their fourth injury-time loss of the season.
As reported by Dave Kidd of the Mirror, Jol may be lucky to even head out of the Craven Cottage dugout against Stoke:
Martin Jol is on the brink of the sack at Fulham after his ageing side were condemned to defeat by yet another late goal.
Jol has been left with precious few friends on the board, the playing staff or in the Cottagers’ Academy – who feel he has neglected promising youth players – and could be axed this week.
Should he remain charge for Fulham’s next game against the Potters, a win is vital.
Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool
Although Jose Mourinho should also be considered for this list, Liverpool’s recent home loss to Southampton will have Brendan Rodgers fearing a sudden lack of form.
Anfield is a demanding place, and after such an excellent start to the campaign, the Reds’ home form will be pivotal to any success. Against Saints, Liverpool’s inability to finish the ball came back to haunt them, as Dejan Lovren's goal snatched three points in a tie that could have gone either way.
Rodgers’ insistence on free-flowing, exciting football has heightened the level of expectation around Anfield once more. Facing Crystal Palace in their next fixture, the Merseyside return of Luis Suarez will also have supporters craving a huge scoreline.
Should Liverpool fail to win, questions will be asked as to whether or not the club really have made significant progress across the last year.
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