EPL SACK RACE - NEXT MANAGER TO LEAVE BETTING ODDS:
Odds correct as of 14:00, 06/12/2019.
|Tip||Current Team||Odds (Click to bet)||Bet with|
|Manuel Pellegrini||West Ham||2/1||BetVictor|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||Manchester United||4/1||William Hill|
|Nuno Espirito Santo||Wolves||10/1||BetVictor|
|Eddie Howe||Bournemouth||10/1||William Hill|
|Daniel Farke||Norwich||12/1||William Hill|
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Marco Silva became the fifth Premier League managerial casualty of the season after Everton FC decided that they had given the Portuguese more than enough time to try and improve fortunes at Goodison Park. A 5-2 drubbing in Wednesday’s Merseyside derby appeared to be the final straw, with owner Farhad Moshiri relieving Silva of his duties and installing Duncan Ferguson as caretaker manager.
The 42-year-old follows Javi Gracia, Mauricio Pochettino, Unai Emery and Quique Sanchez Flores out of the exit door, having been trading as massive favourite on the Premier League Sack Race market before his sacking, with reports emerging that David Moyes was set to replace Silva at Everton, although it will be Ferguson presiding over first-team duties against Chelsea for the next game.
Silva’s departure once again means that the bookmakers have been forced to revise their Premier League Sack Race betting odds, with each operator shuffling their market in anticipation of more managers leaving their respective posts before the end of the season.
Indeed, there has been a flurry of sacking in the past few weeks, with Watford having axed two managers this side of Christmas already and it appears as though there are several other candidates who are looking vulnerable. With the January transfer window fast approaching, club owners are wanting the right man in place to make those crucial mid-season transfers.
Pellegrini New Favourite on Sack Race Market
Manuel Pellegrini enjoyed an excellent first season in charge at West Ham United, guiding the London outfit to tenth place in the Premier League and the Hammers made a relatively strong start to the 2019/20 campaign. They had an early opportunity to break into the top four before losing at home to Crystal Palace and it’s been largely downhill ever since.
While West Ham recently celebrated an unlikely victory at Stamford Bridge, this was followed by a 2-0 reverse at Molineux which means that the team are just two points above the relegation zone and the plain fact is that the Hammers have registered just one victory in the past ten outings.
Pellegrini is a highly-experienced manager and it’s questionable as to whether West Ham could actually find a replacement with a better caliber, although the club owners have a reputation for being trigger happy and they won’t be happy with the team’s inexorable slide down the Premier League table.
Monday’s clash against Arsenal takes on a huge insignificance and the team then head to St Mary’s for what is certain to be deemed a relegation six-pointer. It’s not out of the question that West Ham could be in the relegation zone by Christmas Day and the Chilean is trading at a best price 2/1 with BetVictor to be the sixth casualty of what is turning out to be a seismic season.
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Solskjaer Second Favourite for Sack Despite Beating Spurs
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer laughed off reports that his position was in jeopardy in the lead-up to Manchester United’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur and the Norwegian will have been contented at the final whistle after witnessing arguably the best Red Devils performance of the season, with a 2-1 scoreline not doing justice to how dominant his team were against Spurs.
Getting one over Jose Mourinho will have been an enormous boost to Solskjaer and his players and it might now appear unlikely that the United board will make a managerial chance considering that the current Head Coach clearly has the respect of the dressing room who are motivated to play for him.
Even so, the Red Devils sit sixth in the table and there have been several unconvincing performances from this young side during the course of the season. Indeed, the only time United have won away from home was at Carrow Road, with three draws and three defeats highlighting some major concerns.
Solskjaer is a best price 4/1 with William Hill on the Premier League Sack Race betting market, although some firms go as short as 3/1 and it’s mainly down to the availability of Mauricio Pochettino following the Argentine’s recent sacking by Tottenham Hotspur which effectively renders him as a free agent.
Pochettino took some time out following him parting company with Spurs, although he has publicly declared a renewed desire to return to management and there have been several links to the Manchester United position considering he was previously favourite to replace Mourinho before Solskjaer was given the nod as caretaker and then promoted to a permanent role.
Eddie Howe as Short as 7/1 in Sack Race
At his latest Bournemouth press conference, Eddie Howe was completely dismissive of reports linking him with a move away from the Vitality Stadium. The 42-year-old was asked whether he had a desire to manage at a bigger club, although explained that he was 100% focused on the task in hand with the Cherries and there’s no reason not to believe him.
However, there is a general feeling that Howe could be nearing the end with Bournemouth, especially as the 2019/20 campaign has largely been a season of struggle for a club who don’t have an enormous budget when it comes to recruiting players nor paying for outlandish wages.
The Dorset club have sixteen points from fifteen games played and that means the team are positioned precariously above the relegation zone, with Liverpool and Chelsea the next two opponents on the horizon and that might lead to six consecutive defeats ahead of a home clash against Burnley.
William Hill go as short as 7/1 about Howe winning the latest Premier League Sack Race betting heat. While there appears to be little danger that the former Burnley manager will be sacked by his current employer, the vacant positions that currently exist at Arsenal and Everton mean there is widespread speculation that this manager could be the perfect long-term hire for a bigger club.
Howe continues to remain tight-lipped and he’s possibly unlikely to depart Bournemouth midway through a football season, which would mean backing him in the Sack Race wouldn’t necessarily be a great choice considering that you’re betting on a manager to leave their respective club before the final match of the campaign is played.
Brendan Rodgers Single Figure Odds Across Board
Leicester City could be once again on the verge of something special this season, with the Foxes sitting second in the Premier League table after amassing an incredible thirty-five points from fifteen games played. Supporters must be pinching themselves considering they sit ahead of champions Manchester City and are now odds-on to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Brendan Rodgers has enjoyed an unbelievable 2019 at the King Power Stadium and the Northern Irishman deserves immense credit considering that he’s not spent a great deal of money to shape the squad into potential title challengers this time around. Indeed, the former Liverpool manager has had to cope with the departure of Harry Maguire in the summer although nobody is lamenting his loss at the Midlands club.
Naturally, with Rodgers’ stock so high in the football world, it goes without saying that the 46-year-old is going to be linked with high-profile managerial positions when they become available and that’s certainly the case at Arsenal FC at the moment, with the Gunners having recently parted company with Unai Emery.
Freddie Ljungberg is currently the caretaker manager at the Emirates Stadium although the Swede doesn’t look to be putting together a convincing case to become the permanent Arsenal boss and the north London club might be casting an envious eye towards Leicester where Rodgers has effectively spun straw into gold following the largely unpopular regime of Claude Puel.
The vast majority of bookmakers now have single figure quotes about Rodgers and we know that his ambition knows no bounds, having left Swansea abruptly when Liverpool FC came calling, while history repeated itself more recently when Leicester decided to make an approach for the-then Celtic boss.
Farke Now 9/2 with Paddy Power for Sack
Daniel Farke is clearly a likeable manager who worked wonders to steer Norwich City into the Premier League last season. Winning the Championship title was no mean feat considering Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Leeds United were among the clubs in the second tier last term, although the former two sides are acquitting themselves much better in the Premier League right now.
For the Canaries, this was always likely to be a season of struggle in the top flight although eleven points from fifteen games played is a fairly meagre return and the fact that they have lost ten matches this season suggests that the East Anglian outfit are already staring relegation squarely in the face.
While Norwich recently enjoyed a 2-0 win away to Everton, that was achieved against a team who were on the verge of sacking their manager, with just four goals scored on the road this season and they’ve also been incredibly leaky at Carrow Road where eighteen goals have been conceded.
Paddy Power take a dim view over whether Farke is now the right man to take the team forward, with the Irish bookie going 9/2 about the German in their latest Sack Race betting market, although William Hill offer a much lumpier 12/1 and perhaps he won’t be the next casualty considering the expectation levels at Norwich were much lower than some of the other clubs at the foot of the table.
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Is Hasenhuttl Out of the Woods at Southampton?
Ralph Hasenhuttl has spent most of the 2019/20 Premier League season looking frustrated at his team’s inability to carry out some basic defending, while they’ve also struggled to impose themselves on games from an attacking point-of-view. However, successive wins over Watford and Norwich have done Southampton the world of good.
The Saints are now out of the relegation zone and Hasenhuttl’s position at St Mary’s looks altogether more secure, with Coral making him at 14/1 shot in their Sack Race market, although other firms are a good deal shorter and we wonder whether those recent victories might represent something of a false dawn.
Southampton have lost five of their eight matches at home and they now have matches against Newcastle, West Ham and Aston Villa. These are all teams who are also scrapping away for points in a quest to avoid being sucked into a relegation dogfight and a lowly return could spell trouble for an Austrian manager who has been restricted by a lack of transfer funds.
Nuno On the Drift As Arsenal Speculation Fades
We had an interesting situation a few days ago when Nuno Espirito Santo nearly became favourite on the Premier League Sack Race betting market, with the Wolverhampton Wanderers being linked to the vacant Arsenal managerial position following the sacking of Unai Emery.
Nuno has done an incredible job at Molineux and he’s surely on the radar of several high-profile clubs both in England and further afield, with the Portuguese having guided Wolves into the top flight at the first time of asking before helping them qualify for European competition and there were plenty of high-profile scalps along the way.
However, the Gunners have decided to persist with Freddie Ljungberg as caretaker manager for the time being and it appears that reports linking Nuno to the Emirates Stadium were wide of the mark, with William Hill now ready to chalk up 18/1 that Espirito Santo makes the switch from the Midlands to North London.
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