EPL SACK RACE - NEXT MANAGER TO LEAVE BETTING ODDS:
Odds correct as of 3.00pm, 05/11/2020.
|Tip||Current Team||Odds (Click to bet)||Bet with|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||Manchester Utd||4/6||888 Sport|
|Slaven Bilic||West Brom||7/2||William Hill|
|Sean Dyche||Burnley||12/1||Paddy Power|
|Frank Lampard||Chelsea||16/1||William Hill|
|Chris Wilder||Sheffield Utd||16/1||888 Sport|
|Roy Hodgson||Crystal Palace||20/1||BoyleSports|
|Steve Bruce||Newcastle||20/1||William Hill|
|David Moyes||West Ham||25/1||William Hill|
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We’re into the month of November and all twenty Premier League managers remain in charge of their respective clubs. This is highly unusual even taking into account that there was a delayed start to the 2020/21 season due to the previous campaign being finished off during the summer months. Will we see anyone bite the bullet this side of Christmas?
Like a casino jackpot that is building up on a daily basis, punters continue to speculate and place bets on the Premier League Sack Race market, with the betting odds chopping and changing on a frequent basis. With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging around the world, club owners are treading carefully when it comes to the possibility of changing managerial personnel.
Nevertheless, the riches that come with being an English top flight club means that there are now four managers trading at single-figure odds on this betting market and it’s the teams at the bottom end of the Premier League who currently look the most likely to make a change as the prospect of relegation becomes clear.
Solskjaer Odds On to be Sacked
We’re not saying that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has immunity from getting the sack at Old Trafford although the Norwegian remains in charge of a Manchester United team who don’t appear to have any chance of landing the 2020/21 Premier League title based on the evidence of their first six matches which have largely seen them produce mediocre performances.
While the Red Devils have enjoyed Champions League victories over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, they have been mainly underwhelming domestically and that includes three home defeats against Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, while they put up a solid enough defensive display to achieve a goalless draw against Chelsea.
For many, Solskjaer is massively out of his depth at Old Trafford although the owners clearly don’t share that opinion or perhaps they’re content to have a “yes man” at the helm who won’t rock the boat and will battle on gamely with an expensively-assembled squad which did manage to find some form during the back end of last season to qualify for the Champions League.
Solskjaer is a best price 4/6 on the Sack Race betting market and it’s possible that a significant downturn in form could see Ed Woodward make a difficult decision but the million dollar question is always the same. Namely, who would want to come in and replace the former United striker given that the team are not title contenders anymore?
Bilic out to 7/2 to Win Sack Race
After seeing his West Bromwich Albion side lose 2-0 at Craven Cottage, Slaven Bilic claimed he was “hurt” by the lack of quality shown by his team and the Baggies are now eighteenth in the Premier League table, with the Midlands side yet to win a game this season and they are odds-on to be relegated back to the Championship.
The Croatian hasn’t exactly been given a war chest to strengthen a team that enjoyed automatic promotion last term, although he will be acutely aware that football is still a results business and it’s even plausible that Bilic could walk away from The Hawthorns if he feels as though he can’t steer the Albion ship in the right direction.
West Brom clash with Tottenham and Manchester United in their next two matches although the Baggies have earned draws against Chelsea, Brighton and Burnley this term to suggest they are not completely out of their depth and it might be that Bilic is given a reasonable amount of time to try and get things right, especially as the team are surrounded by other struggling outfits right now.
Even so, the former West Ham and Everton defender is now 7/2 in the Next Manager to Leave betting market and it would come as no shock if the West Brom board decided to make a change in order to potentially improve the team’s chances of remaining in the Premier League for more than one season.
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Parker Breathing More Easily After Cottagers First Win
Fulham have looked woefully out of their depth in some Premier League matches this season, although the west London side have steadily gotten their act together and their first victory of the campaign came on Monday 2 November when they enjoyed a 2-0 win over fellow new boys West Brom which helped to lift the Cottagers out of the drop zone.
After Fulham lost their first three top-flight games by an aggregate score of 10-3, it’s clear that Scott Parker has made moves to ensure the team have more defensive stability and a 1-0 reverse at Wolves was followed by a 1-1 draw away at Sheffield United. These performances helped to lay the foundations for the first win and clean sheet over the Baggies.
Perhaps Parker has a longer shelf life at Craven Cottage than was originally anticipated and the youngest EPL manager possibly has some credit in the bank for steering Fulham into the Premier League at the first time of asking, with the former England midfielder having drifted in the Sack Race betting market and he’s now a 8/1 chance after having previously been a short price favourite.
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Dyche Struggling to Get Burnley Firing This Season
Sean Dyche will always go down as one of the most successful managers in the history of Burnley FC. He has steered the Clarets into the Premier League on two occasions, ensured their top-flight survival on a long-term basis and even helped the Lancashire outfit qualify for European competition despite the following adventure being a relatively short-lived one.
Dyche has achieved all of this with a modest budget and it appears as though a lack of spending is catching up with Burnley considering how many big-spending rivals are now in residence when it comes to Premier League football. The 49-year-old is struggling to avoid defeats with his current squad and the Clarets are among the relegation favourites.
It appears that all is not well behind the scenes, with Dyche rumoured to be at loggerheads with the Burnley FC board and that partly explains why the former Watford manager is no bigger than 12/1 to be the first ‘winner’ of the Sack Race betting market, even if it’s unthinkable to see the team playing without the gravel-voiced straight-talking manager in the dug-out.
The Situation Gets Wilder For Chris at Bramall Lane
Now we’re fairly sure that Chris Wilder isn’t in immediate danger of losing his job at Sheffield United FC and we’d even have a small side bet that the Blades could be relegated from the Premier League this season and we would still see the 53-year-old remain in place to take charge of his beloved team the following season in the Championship.
After all, while United have just a solitary point on the board from their first seven matches, they enjoyed a fantastic 2019/10 season which saw the Yorkshire side land tenth place in the division after accruing 54 points and they spent the majority of the campaign in the top half of the table, never looking as though they were in any danger of going down.
That certainly isn’t the case this time around, although the fact that the Blades have recently pushed Manchester City and Liverpool close suggests that they’re not a million miles away from picking up more points, with striker Rhian Brewster waiting for his chance to score goals after a big money signing from Anfield.
Wilder is generally priced at 12/1 on the Premier League Sack Race betting market although he retains the goodwill of the Sheffield United supporters who have seen the former Northampton manager steer the club from League One to the top flight in a relatively short space of time. It’s unlikely that the Bramall Lane board will pull the trigger unless there’s a disaster.
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Lampard Unlikely to Leave Chelsea in a Hurry
Frank Lampard has been among the Premier League Sack Race candidates this season, especially during the early part of the season where we saw the former Derby County manager struggling to field a team who could stop the opposition from scoring a large volume of goals.
West Brom and Southampton both managed to score three goals against the Blues although the 3-3 draw against the latter seemed to trigger a massive improvement when it came to defensive stability and Chelsea are currently enjoying a string of clean sheets which has seen them keep out Sevilla and Manchester United among others.
While Lampard was trading at single figure odds on the Next Manager to Leave betting market a couple of weeks ago, the former Chelsea midfielder is now a best price 16/1 to be the first Sack Race casualty of the 2020/21 season even if certain bookies are as short as 10/1 about someone with very limited managerial experience.
We’re not expecting Roman Abramovich to make any managerial changes until the dust has settled on what will essentially be Lampard’s first season without a transfer embargo at Stamford Bridge. It appears as though the young coach is succeeding in shaping a squad that is going to potentially challenge for the Premier League title and things are going swimmingly in Europe too.
Hodgson and Moyes Now 20/1 After Being Pre-Season Favourites
David Moyes was predicted not to last until Christmas at the London Stadium by many, although it has to be admitted that the Scot is doing a stellar job with West Ham United and he’s gone from being one of the Sack Race betting favourites to 20/1 with the majority of bookies, with a begrudging acknowledgement that there is life in the old dog yet.
Let’s not forget that Moyes was hugely successful with Everton FC to the extent that he was given the opportunity to manage Manchester United and his subsequent stints with Real Sociedad and Sunderland were conducted in difficult circumstances, although the manager has really boosted his reputation at the east London club.
Roy Hodgson also appears to be landing enough Premier League points with Crystal Palace to remain in charge for the foreseeable future, with the Eagles manager seeing his team get off to a flyer this season and a recent victory at Fulham kept things ticking over, with the former England boss now tasked with changing the style of play at Selhurst Park.
Hodgson is 20/1 in the Sack Race betting market and, while he’s obviously not the long-term solution at Crystal Palace, the bottom line is that very few clubs have one manager in charge for a number of years and it’s plausible that the 73-year-old will remain in his post throughout this season and continue for at least one more year.
Could Potter Be the Surprise Sack Race Candidate?
We’re a bit puzzled by Graham Potter’s price on this betting market and it’s difficult to understand why the Brighton & Hove Albion isn’t under the microscope considering that the Seagulls are sitting sixteenth in the Premier League table after accruing just five points from their first seven matches.
You can bang on about Brighton’s attractive style of football but the bottom line is that Potter doesn’t look like a particularly good upgrade on Chris Hughton and they’re currently without a victory in their past six matches. Neal Maupay was left out of the latest squad for ‘tactical reasons’ and there’s a definite lack of firepower which could see Albion in a relegation battle.
We’re pretty sure that the current Sack Race odds of 33/1 about Potter is decent value considering that Brighton are only a point better off than Fulham whose manager is trading at a much shorter price and the next couple of games could be pretty telling for the former Swansea City manager.
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