Pellegrini's Job Hangs In The Balance

After what has been a terrible run of games for West Ham, Manuel Pellegrini's job now seems to be hanging in the balance. His side haven't managed a win since September 22nd when they beat Manchester United. That means seven games without a win, including five defeats.

This poor spell has seen the London side drop to 17th in the league, just three points above the drop zone. West Ham started the season well. They managed three wins in their opening six games and following the 2-0 victory over Manchester United they were in fifth place on the Premier League table.

With the club continually slipping further down the table, the pressure on manager Pellegrini is rising. He is now the third favourite, with most bookmakers, to be the next manager to lose their job. The rumour mill has already started with Rafa Benitez and ex manager David Moyes being tipped as the favourites to replace him.

Last season the Chilean manager guided his side to 10th in the Premier League, their best finish since 2015/16. So it is very surprising to see West Ham in such poor form this time around considering the players they have. Anderson, Rice, Haller, Wilshere and Lanzini are an asset to any team sheet.

Now they have to buckle down with the Christmas period approaching. The games are going to come thick and fast for West Ham and they could be pivotal in deciding the managers future.

Chelsea vs West Ham - 30th November 2019

Up next for The Hammers is a London derby. This could be seen as the best or worst fixture for Pellegrini depending which way you look at it. On one hand Chelsea are in fantastic form with six wins in their last seven games. On the other hand, Pellegrini needs a result and what better way to get your players fired up than a derby away at Chelsea.

Also, to West Hams benefit, is the fact that Tammy Abraham could be sidelined through injury. Abraham is Chelsea's top scorer this season with 10 goals.

On another positive note, while keeper Fabianski is still out injured, Pellegrini has finally dropped Roberto and opted for David Martin to go in goal against Chelsea. He may be West Ham's third-choice goalkeeper but there's no way he can be as bad as Roberto who has failed to keep a clean sheet since replacing Fabianski.

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs West Ham - 4th December

Another away trip could spell trouble for the manager. Wolves are in even better form than Chelsea. They haven't lost in eight games and have only been beaten at home once this season. Last season when these two sides met, Wolves did the double over them beating them home and away.

The hosts will go into this confident of adding a third successive Premier League win against West Ham. With only four days between games Fabianski will still be out of action. The club are currently prepping him to return for the Southampton game on December 14th. So it will be tough going there for Pellegrini but if West Ham can get a result against Chelsea they may have the confidence to sneak another result at the Molineaux.

West Ham vs Arsenal - 9th December

Arguably this could be West Hams best chance of a win. Arsenal are in terrible form at the moment with no wins from their last five games. Their poor run has resulted in just as much pressure on their manager, Unai Emery, as Pellegrini at West Ham. In fact, Emery is now the favourite to be the next sacked manager in the Premier League. This could be the final straw for either manager if they are both still in their jobs by then.

This game can go either way for Pellegrini. A London derby at home could rejuvenate fans and make it tough for the visitors. However, should Arsenal take the lead the pressure mounts even more and there is only so much booing the West Ham owners can listen to!

West Ham could quite easily lose all three of these games and by that point, would surely see themselves into the bottom three. However, if they manage to snatch something away from home and maybe even win at home then things wouldn't look so bad. They'd start to climb away from the bottom three and life may just be a little easier for Manuel Pellegrini.

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