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Premier League sack race odds: Benitez and Ranieri under pressure

| 04.01.2022

The leading contenders in the Premier League sack race odds

We are into the second half of the season and as we begin a new year it is a good time to take another look at the Premier League sack race odds.

It has been a busy season for departures with six clubs having changed their manager already during the 2021/22 campaign.

Watford were the first to act when they sacked Xisco Munoz at the start of October before the completion of the takeover at Newcastle led to Steve Bruce being replaced by Eddie Howe.

Tottenham, Norwich and Aston Villa all sacked their managers in the space of a week in early November before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Manchester United later that month.

Now we assess who the leading candidates are to be the next to go and their Premier League sack race odds.

Rafael Benitez

Many Everton fans were not happy with the appointment of the former Liverpool boss in the summer but he began to win them over with four victories from the first six matches.

They have been in miserable form since then, though, winning just one match since the end of September to slip to 15th in the table.

Injuries have been a major factor in their poor form and Benitez will hope the return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin plus some new signings will boost their fortunes but the Spaniard is the 11/10 favourite to be the next managerial casualty.

Claudio Ranieri

Watford’s owners have already shown they are not the patient types and will not hesitate to take action if they are unhappy with performances or results.

The Hornets, as expected this season, are scrapping for survival following promotion from the Championship and are two points above the drop zone.

They have crucial games against fellow strugglers Newcastle and Norwich coming up this month and having suffered six straight defeats, Ranieri will be under pressure if he does not stop the rot quickly.

Ranieri is 6/4 to be the next Premier League manager to leave ahead of his return to Leicester in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Marcelo Bielsa

Bielsa is adored by the Leeds faithful after his success in finally getting the club back into the Premier League and keeping them there with ease last season.

It has been much tougher this time and there is talk of ‘second-season syndrome’ at Elland Road with an injury crisis stretching a small squad to the limit.

Sunday’s 3-1 win at home to Burnley put a decent amount of daylight between the Whites and the bottom three at least and Bielsa is out to 12/1 in the Premier League sack race betting.

Eddie Howe

Newcastle are expected to splash the cash in January but with that investment will come increased pressure for better results.

Former Bournemouth boss Howe has had a free pass so far, with most pundits in agreement the current squad lacks the quality needed to survive in the top flight.

It would be a surprise if the Newcastle board get rid of Howe so soon since his appointment but he is 14/1 to be the next to go and will hope any new signings can hit the ground running quickly.

Thomas Tuchel

Tuchel has plenty of credit in the bank after Chelsea’s Champions League success last season and they have looked genuine Premier League title contenders for much of this campaign.

The Blues have dropped off the pace in recent weeks, though, with four draws from their last five matches allowing Manchester City to open up a 10-point lead at the summit.

Thomas Tuchel, Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea

Star striker Romelu Lukaku was left out of the squad for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool after saying he was “not happy” with his role at Chelsea and Tuchel is widely seen to have made the right call in taking action.

Falling out with a £98million summer signing is far from ideal and owner Roman Abramovich has never been afraid to make a managerial change, with Tuchel now 14/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave.

Ralf Rangnick

Rangnick has been put in charge of Manchester United until the end of the season following the sacking of Solskjaer but the German has made very little impact during his time in charge.

Since Christmas, United have been held to a 1-1 draw at Newcastle, beaten Burnley 3-1 and then lost 1-0 at home to Wolves.

It would be harsh to pin too much blame on Rangnick, especially given the closure of the club’s training ground for a while due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

But Rangnick is only a short-term appointment and United could change their plans if a suitable long-term replacement, such as Mauricio Pochettino, becomes available sooner than expected.

Looking at the Premier League sack race odds, Rangnick is available at 16/1.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Andrew McDermott