This Premier League matchday 10 is certainly about managers beginning to feel the pressure. For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is could be the last chance saloon to save his Manchester United job, while Nuno Espirito Santo, Daniel Farke, and Dean Smith may also see their jobs on the line depending on the results that they pick up on matchday ten in the English top-flight. Keep reading and check out our Premier League Matchday 10 preview!
Underfire Managers Looking For Wins
The big game of the Premier League weekend comes from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as Nuno Espirito Santo’s Spurs take on Solskjaer’s Manchester United. United saw their 29-game unbeaten run away from home ended in emphatic fashion by Leicester City two weeks ago, while last weekend’s 5-0 mauling against Liverpool did little to help the Norwegian’s chances of holding onto his job.
Pressure has intensified throughout the week on the United boss, with many reports claiming that he has until the international break to save his job. Pressure on the Spurs boss is also mounting, as Tottenham have lost two of their last three in all competitions. It could be a cagey game this weekend with neither side looking to give too much away. However, home sides have failed to win this fixture in five of the previous six, which means Solskjaer may have a little bit of rest-bite with a much-needed win.
While Solskjaer may be the outright favorite to be the next manager fired, my value pick in that market would be on Dean Smith. Villa fans are growing tired of the manager, and a run of three straight defeats is going to be do little to calm their frustrations. Villa entertains West Ham on Sunday, as the Hammers look for a third straight league win, and fifth in all competitions. More misery could be piled on Smith, as the Hammers are unbeaten in their last six top-flight meetings against the Villa, winning three times during that run.
It could be a good weekend for those that like to back away teams, with some standout selections on matchday ten. We start with Chelsea, as the league-leaders travel to Newcastle United looking to record a fourth straight win. The Blues have won five of their last six games against the Magpies, while Newcastle have conceded more home goals than any other side since the start of last season.
It may be dangerous to say Brentford are a banker this weekend having lost their last two, but against a Burnley side that have failed to win this season, it may be a decent shout. The Clarets have also failed to win their last five home matches against newly-promoted sides. Brentford’s attacking style is certainly going to be a recipe for disaster for a Burnley defense that have looked extremely vulnerable to this point in the season.
Two sides in the relegation battle meet on Sunday, as Leeds United travel to Norwich. The Canaries appear to be counting down the days until their return to the Championship, having failed to win in nine games, scoring just twice and conceding a league-high of 23 goals. Leeds haven’t fared much better, but they have at least picked up one win in nine this season, and have drawn on four occasions. The Whites have also lost just once in their last five games at Carrow Road, and have failed to lose to a team in the relegation places since their return to the Premier League.
- Manchester United to beat Spurs @ +137
- West Ham to beat Aston Villa @ +145
- Chelsea to beat Newcastle @ -275
- Brentford to beat Burnley @ +175
- Leeds United to beat Norwich @ +110
Five-Team Accumulator @ +4482