The Weekend In Numbers: Klopp has an edge on Mourinho and the Premier League's all-Italian clash

We look ahead at some of the pre-match numbers for this weekend's Premier League

BY Raf Diallo 13:57 Friday 14 October 2016, 13:57 14 Oct 2016

Chelsea's head coach Jose Mourinho, right, shakes hands with Liverpool's head coach Juergen Klopp after the final whistle of the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. Chelsea lost the match 3-1. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

It's every club manager's favourite time of year, isn't it?

Well, actually no. Quite the opposite. Another international break has come and gone and as we all know club managers are rarely happy with the use of their players when they they are away with their countries.

Everton's Ronald Koeman is one of them, hinting at displeasure with James McCarthy seeing so much game-time with Ireland after making his recovery from groin surgery.

But Koeman & Co. won't have to worry about internationals again until next month.

In the meantime, there is Premier League action back again this weekend.

Italy vs Italy in the dugout at Stamford Bridge

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri and Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte have a few things in common. Both have previously managed Juventus in a former life, they are both Italian managers in England, and have also been on the books at Chelsea.

Saturday's clash between the sides that have won the last two titles is the first time Ranieri and Conte are meeting in the Premier League - although they did do battle in the Capital One Cup a few weeks ago when Chelsea won 4-2 after extra-time.

They have some history in Italy already as managers, with the younger Conte getting the better of the veteran Ranieri in head-to-head games.

In three league matches, Conte has won twice and lost once. The two wins over Raneiri came when Conte was at Juventus and his counterpart was in charge of Inter.

But the one time Ranieri came out on top was back in November 2009, with his Roma beating Conte's Atalanta 2-1 away from home. 

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri (left) with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after the final whistle during the EFL Cup, Third Round match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. Picture by: Nick Potts / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Everton no longer Man City's bogey team

Oddly enough, when Manchester City came into sudden wealth, one side that often proved to be a thorn in their side was Everton.

David Moyes' Everton to be precise.

In 12 fixtures from January 2008 to March 2013, Everton lost just twice to City and drew once. They won every other match.

But just as Moyes' managerial record has gone downhill since leaving Everton in summer 2013, the Toffees' record against City has also slipped.

They have not beaten the Manchester side in the last seven fixtures, only managing to get two draws in that sequence.

Klopp has the edge on Mourinho

Given he was Chelsea manager at the height of their European and Premier League rivalry with Liverpool and has since gone on to take over Manchester United, Jose Mourinho won't be the most popular figure at Anfield.

But he does have a winning record against Liverpool overall.

However, it's not so bright when you look at his record against Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who he first met competitively when they were at Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Their head-to-head now stands at five matches, in which the German has come out on top three times, including a famous Robert Lewandowski-inspired 4-1 win for Dortmund in the 2012-13 Champions League semi-final first leg.

Indeed, Mourinho's only victory over Klopp was in the second leg, when Real Madrid won 2-0 but could not claw back the aggregate advantage.

They have met just once in the Premier League, with Klopp's Liverpool defeating Mourinho's Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

With Klopp's star on the rise and Mourinho facing more scrutiny than at any other time in his career, this already huge clash on Monday night has yet another plot line to consider.


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