EPL SACK RACE - NEXT MANAGER TO LEAVE BETTING ODDS:
|Tip||Current Team||Odds||Bet with|
|Roy Hodgson||Crystal Palace||5/1||Ladbrokes|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||Manchester United||10/1||William Hill|
|Ralph Hasenhuttl||Southhampton||14/1||Paddy Power|
|Chris Wilder||Sheffiled United||16/1||Coral|
|Dean Smith||Aston Villa||16/1||Betfair|
|Manuel Pellegrini||West Ham||16/1||William Hill|
|Graham Potter||Brighton||18/1||William Hill|
|Daniel Farke||Norwich||20/1||Paddy Power|
The 2019/20 Premier League season has now kicked off and, at the time of writing, all twenty managers remain in charge at their respective clubs. However, we know that this is unlikely to be the case by the end of the campaign, especially with impatient club owners ready to pull the trigger and make a change should results not turn out as expected.
It means that the best betting sites are constantly updating their Premier League Sack Race betting market, with the odds reflecting the probability of which manager will leave their current position first. Even after one round of matches, the prices have been changing, so let’s take a look to see which of the current candidates are the most vulnerable.
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Is Lampard Staring Down the Barrel?
Chelsea’s Premier League campaign got off to the worst possible start as the Blues were trounced 4-0 at Old Trafford, with Frank Lampard’s Sack Race odds being immediately cut to 10/1 across the board. While that price suggests that the former Derby County manager isn’t in immediate danger of losing his job, he’s now firmly among the favourites on this market.
It’s clear that Lampard is attempting to usher in a new era at Stamford Bridge, with the club currently held back by a transfer embargo which means that the 40-year-old is keen to blood youngsters and build a squad which is capable of challenging for major honours further down the line.
However, the thrashing by Manchester United certainly got the season off on the wrong foot and Chelsea now have the inconvenience of a Super Cup clash against Liverpool before a trappy encounter against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. Another defeat and we could see Roman Abramovich wondering if the right choice was made in the summer.
Ole’s at the Wheel But For How Long?
Manchester United supporters left Old Trafford feeling jubilant after their team put four goals past Chelsea, although they might have been sitting uncomfortably for the majority of the first half which saw the Red Devils struggle to create chances and they were gifted a penalty to help settle the early nerves.
Despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remaining a popular figure with the fans, there continues to be an underlying feeling that the Norwegian isn’t the man to take the team forward on a long-term basis, with several more high-profile names being linked to the position.
That is reflected in William Hill’s quote of 10/1 about OGS for their Sack Race market, with the traders feeling as though the current Manchester United manager is just a bad run of results away from being axed by Ed Woodward and the Glazer family.
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Hodgson Remains the Sack Race Favourite
While Roy Hodgson is understandably lower-profile than Lampard and Solskjaer, the Crystal Palace manager is apparently vulnerable at Selhurst Park and he’s the universal Sack Race favourite at the time of writing. The 72-year-old arrived at the London club two years ago and improved their fortunes after a rotten start to the 2017/18 season.
However, the 2018/19 campaign saw the Eagles struggle badly in front of their own supporters and a goalless draw against Everton in their opening match has done little to quiet the murmurings among the supporters who feel as though they could be better served by a more progressive manager.
While Hodgson was able to retain the services of the wantaway Wilfried Zaha, he wasn’t able to significantly strengthen the squad over the summer and that means that the former England boss is trading as short as 7/2 - best price 5/1 with Ladbrokes - to “win” the latest instalment of the Sack Race.
Javi Gracia the Big Market Mover
While click-bait enthusiasts like to bang the drum when it comes to Frank Lampard’s Sack Race betting odds, the real market mover after Game Week 1 was Javi Gracia who has gone from a position of relative strength at Vicarage Road to one where the Spaniard could be a couple of defeats away from the axe.
Gracia has been in charge since January 2018 and the 49-year-old not only steered Watford to an eleventh-placed finish in the Premier League last season but also helped the Hornets to the FA Cup final before they were hammered 6-0 by Manchester City.
Nevertheless, the 2019/20 campaign began inauspiciously after Brighton & Hove Albion left with a 3-0 victory on Saturday and it should be noted that Gracia really hasn’t been given funds over the summer to significantly bolster a squad that was starting to flag during the final months of last term.
Owner Gino Pozzo has previously acted quickly to change manager if the performances and results have not been up to scratch and the Italian might now be keeping a close eye on the situation, with Gracia trading as at a best price of 11/1 with BetVictor but as short as 5/1 elsewhere.
Will Dean Smith Fall Into Firing Line?
Aston Villa opened the scoring at White Hart Lane before eventually losing 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur, with Dean Smith admitting that his team had been inferior to opponents who might be expected to challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Nevertheless, the Villans manager has been given over £100 million to spend in the transfer market over the summer and that means expectation levels are high that he will be able to keep the Midlands club afloat in the top flight, with Bournemouth arriving at Villa Park in Game Week 2.
While some bookmakers only make Smith a 16/1 shot for the Premier League Sack Race, others go 12/1 and we might see single figure quotes fairly soon if Villa continue to be without a victory. It should be noted that Fulham spent a similar amount of cash twelve months ago and ended up with three different managers on their way to the Championship.
Pellegrini Now 16/1 After Manchester City Hammering
Manuel Pellegrini can argue all he likes about West Ham being the better team against Manchester City during the first half of their Premier League opener, although the final score was 5-0 and the champions of England also had a goal disallowed after VAR adjudged Raheem Sterling to have been offside.
While the natives can largely accept that City will destroy several opponents this season, nobody likes to be humiliated on their own patch and there continue to be question marks over the Hammers defence which leave last season’s player of the year Lukasz Fabianski looking exposed between the sticks.
We know that the London Stadium has seen supporter agitation in recent times and that explains why Pellegrini is now close to trading at single figures to be the next top flight manager out of employment, with the Chilean coming towards the end of a long and illustrious career in coaching.
Was Ralph Hasenhuttl a One Season Wonder?
Apparently Hasenhuttl is the “Alpine Klopp”, with the Southampton manager having brightened up St Mary’s last season after the dour regime of Mark Hughes had threatened the club with a relegation that had only been narrowly avoided under the Welshman the previous season.
A 3-0 spanking at Turf Moor was not supposed to be on the cards for the former Leipzig manager and, while this might just be a one-off result, Hasenhuttl will be concerned by the way his team were effectively outmuscled by Burnley in the second half of the match.
The manager has been responsible for the rejuvenation of Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse at St Mary’s and signed Che Adams during the summer, with the former Birmingham striker looking sharp on his debut. Despite this, Paddy Power offer 14/1 for him to be the next Premier League manager given the boot.