The Best Bets for the 2018/19 Premier League Sack Race


It is virtually certain that the twenty managers who take charge of their respective Premier League teams at the beginning of the season will not be the same twenty who end the campaign with the same clubs.

Some of the best bookmakers are offering odds of 101.00 that we see no Premier League manager leaving this season, with ten men having either been sacked or leaving by mutual consent during 2017/18.

Indeed, we should expect a reasonably early departure, with Frank de Boer given his marching orders as recently as 11 September last year although his replacement Roy Hodgson looks a lot safer at the Crystal Palace helm.

Gracia’s Future Remains Uncertain

When you think of a Premier League club who change their manager on a regular basis, then Watford spring to mind. Javi Gracia was the January replacement for the sacked Marco Silva last season and it’s little surprise that the Spaniard’s odds are as short as 5.00 for the dubious honour of being sacked first this time around.

Perhaps Gino Pozzo will stick with his man for longer than normal, while Claude Puel seems to be in a precarious position at Leicester City and there were rumours towards the end of last season that the Frenchman would be sacked as he was at Southampton twelve months previously.

Puel remains in charge for now, although the departure of Riyad Mahrez and rumours surrounding Harry Maguire and Manchester United could see the former Lyon manager bow out of England.

What Are the Odds Mourinho Will Be Sacked?

Jose Mourinho is an interesting runner at 21.00 considering that the Manchester United manager appears to be getting his excuses in early. Big money transfers haven’t materialised and there seems to be an ongoing issue with Paul Pogba, with his manager hoping to see the Frenchman in the sort of light that helped Les Bleus win the World Cup. He may be worthy of one of your free bets.

Rafael Benitez headed the betting market for much of last season but the Newcastle boss continues to prosper at St James’ Park despite proposed takeovers never materialising, while Neil Warnock will surely be given a chance at Cardiff even if the Bluebirds lose early matches.

Slavisa Jokanovic is also trading at around 21.00 and the Serbian has previously reached an impasse with Fulham’s board with regard to strengthening the squad. Don’t be surprised if he’s the first casualty, especially with the Cottagers among the favourites to be relegated.