EPL SACK RACE - NEXT MANAGER TO LEAVE BETTING ODDS:
Odds correct as of 14.00pm, 23/09/2020.
|Tip||Current Team||Odds (Click to bet)||Bet with|
|David Moyes||West Ham||2/1||888 Sport|
|Scott Parker||Fulham||7/1||William Hill|
|Slaven Bilic||West Brom||8/1||Paddy Power|
|Roy Hodgson||Crystal Palace||10/1||William Hill|
|Steve Bruce||Newcastle||12/1||888 Sport|
|Dean Smith||Aston Villa||20/1||William Hill|
|Frank Lampard||Chelsea||25/1||William Hill|
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The COVID-19 pandemic has already had a seismic effect on professional football, with the previous EPL campaign being delayed for several months before the latest one began later than scheduled, while there have now been two current Premier League managers who have contracted the virus and that makes things even more complicated from a Sack Race betting point-of-view.
Quarantined Moyes Still Favourite for Sack
David Moyes has often cut an isolated figure on the West Ham touchline and the Scot has now literally had to go into self-isolation after it emerged on Tuesday 22 September that he and two Hammers players had tested positive for COVID-19. It led the former Everton and Manchester United boss to miss his team’s EFL Cup triumph over Hull and also the top-flight clash against Wolves a few days later.
Moyes won’t be around the training ground or at the club for a period of at least ten days, with the 57-year-old having to watch his team’s game against Wanderers remotely, although the bookies still have him as the market leader to be the next manager out of a job.
While some bookmakers such as bet365 decided to suspend their Sack Race betting market in the short-term, William Hill reacted to the latest news by cutting Moyes’ odds to 5/4 and it’s plausible that the Scot might not return to his original position depending on the team’s ongoing results or his actual health situation.
We obviously wish Moyes a speedy recovery from COVID-19 in the same way that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta recovered from the virus a few months ago, with Betfair making him a 5/2 shot and expecting the West Ham owners to give the manager more time to improve fortunes after the team lost their opening matches against Newcastle and Arsenal.
Parker Shortens For Sack After Fulham Defeats
It hardly comes as a surprise to find Fulham without a point after their first two Premier League matches. The Cottagers were only promoted through the play-offs last season and haven’t particularly strengthened since their return to the top-flight, while they were big betting outsiders to beat Arsenal in their opener before trading at a similar price before losing at Leeds.
Even so, Scott Parker is second in the Sack Race betting market and Boylesports go as short as 4/1 about the former England midfielder getting the boot first this season. The 39-year-old is currently the youngest Premier League manager and this is his first assignment since recently hanging up his boots, with Parker potentially out of his depth when it comes to managing at this level.
Expectation levels will have been modest at the west London club before a ball was kicked and it could be that Fulham are taking a longer-term view than simply trying to stay up at all costs this season. With that in mind, William Hill are prepared to offer 7/1 that Scott Parker ‘wins’ the latest Sack Race betting heat although they are the shortest about Moyes with their current view.
Parker has called for his Fulham players to show a meaner and tougher side to their game after conceding seven goals in their opening two matches, although it could be the Cottagers board who are displaying those characteristics instead should the results not improve on the pitch.
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Bilic the Biggest Market Mover After Red Card at Goodison Park
Like Scott Parker, Slaven Bilic steered a team into the Premier League from the Championship last season. Similarly, expectation levels are fairly modest at a Midlands club who have grown accustomed to oscillating between the two highest levels of English professional football, although the supporters will hope that West Brom can at least make a decent fist of surviving.
The early signs have the alarm bells ringing at The Hawthorns, with the Baggies producing a lacklustre and defensive performance to lose 3-0 at home to Leicester, while a more expansive approach at Goodison Park initially saw them compete well against Everton before a red card for Kieran Gibbs allowed the Toffees to run riot.
Bilic himself was sent off during half-time of the clash on Merseyside and it appears that the Croatian has issues at both ends of the pitch. Defensively, the Albion have conceded eight goals in two matches, while there’s a definite lack of firepower despite having the talented pair of Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira in the team.
While Paddy Power have 17/2 about the former West Ham manager getting the sack before any of his counterparts, 888 Sport are far shorter with their 4/1 quote and games don’t come any easier for West Brom considering that an attack-minded Chelsea will be arriving this coming weekend in search of goals.
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Mourinho Now 6/1 With Paddy Power for the Sack
While waiting for the Tottenham Hotspur job to come along, Jose Mourinho did some advertising work for Paddy Power and it’s fairly common to see the Portuguese pop up on one of their TV adverts when it comes to promoting their casino product. However, it hasn’t stopped the Irish operator from going the shortest odds about him becoming the first top-flight managerial casualty of the season.
Mourinho saw his Spurs team land a 5-2 victory at St Mary’s in their last game which was in stark contrast to the meek surrender against Everton the week before, while the arrivals of Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale have been an enormous boost to a squad who can also boast Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg among their new signings.
888 Sport take the dimmest view regarding Mourinho’s position being vulnerable at this stage and go 10/1 about the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss biting the bullet first, although it appears that the manager remains highly-regarded by chairman Daniel Levy who will surely allow him to have a full season when it comes to getting things right on the pitch.
The other bookmakers have single figure quotes about Mourinho in the latest Sack Race betting market and that’s partially down to the fact that he’s an explosive character who can seemingly fall out with key players at the drop of a hat. It appears that there’s been a clash between him and Dele Alli which has seen the latter drop out of the Spurs squad.
Solskjaer Back to Being One of the Sack Race Favourites
Many punters have backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in previous incarnations of the Premier League Sack Race betting market and ended up thwarted as the Norwegian has remained in the Old Trafford hot seat while others have been removed from their respective top-flight managerial positions.
However, Solskjaer continues to be in an uncertain position at Manchester United, with the Red Devils suffering a downturn in form just as quickly as the garden has started to look rosy and few expected the team to serve up such a dog’s dinner of a performance that was on display against Crystal Palace.
Donny van de Beek remains the only notable transfer window acquisition and there are defensive issues which were masked to some extent after lockdown when the team embarked on an impressive attacking offensive in the majority of matches to land a top-four spot and qualify for the Champions League.
Paddy Power are as short as 7/1 about Solskjaer getting his marching orders, although William Hill are a much bigger 16/1 and there doesn’t seem to be any appetite for change, with the players respecting a manager who has already weathered a number of storms at the troubled north-west club.
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Hodgson Continues to Drift for Sack Race After Palace Win
You could have got a big price about Crystal Palace winning both of their opening matches, with the Eagles triumphing against Southampton by a single goal before going to Old Trafford and claiming a deserved 3-1 win. The south London side have a spring in their step and it appears as though there’s life in the old dog as far as Roy Hodgson is concerned.
At the age of 73, it’s fair to say that the former England manager could be enjoying his final assignment of a long and illustrious coaching career, although Hodgson has gone from trading as one of the favourites on the Sack Race betting market to drifting like a barge after Palace’s two wins.
Hodgson has executed excellent game plans against the Saints and Red Devils, with Wilfried Zaha looking as though he’s going to remain at Selhurst Park for another season and 888 Sport are now prepared to offer a best price 12/1 about someone who appears to have boosted a squad whose post-lockdown form was utterly miserable, with a succession of defeats spelling out a bleak prognosis.
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Lampard Struggling to Get Money Bags Chelsea Going
Frank Lampard likes to claim plenty of credit for “silencing the critics” and steering Chelsea to a top-four finish in the Premier League last season. While the Blues banked fourth spot in the end, it wasn’t as though the London club were short of high-calibre players and they have significantly bolstered the playing staff for this season by splashing over £200 million.
Spending that sort of cash clearly raises the expectation levels and Chelsea have produced two ordinary performances to date. They were lucky to win at Brighton and did nothing of note before succumbing to Liverpool, with Paddy Power now going 16/1 about Lampard becoming the surprise ‘winner’ on the Sack Race market.
It would appear unlikely that the former Derby County manager will be the first one to be out of the door, although Roman Abramovich will be keeping a close eye on how the next few games pan out, with Lampard quickly needing to find the right blend of players after recruiting Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Thiago Silva among others.
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