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Premier League sack race odds: Palace boss Vieira high on casualty list

| 20.07.2021

Premier League sack race odds and preview

The Premier League season has yet to start but Watford manager Xisco Munoz has already emerged as the favourite to become the first managerial casualty.

The Spaniard guided the Hornets to automatic promotion last season, finishing four points clear of third-placed Brentford.

Xisco is 5/1 in the Premier League sack race odds to be the first man to be out of a job during the course of the season and we’re looking at the others who could join him ahead of the new campaign.

You can also read our preview on the Premier League relegation candidates by clicking on the link.

Xisco Munoz (Watford)

Watford ended the season strongly, winning their last seven home games without conceding and beating eventual champions Norwich at Carrow Road, but that has not stopped Xisco from heading the market in the Premier League sack race.

The Hornets have had an interesting summer transfer window, bringing in former Bournemouth striker Josh King who did not start a game during a four-month spell at Everton last season, while former Tottenham defender Danny Rose and Bruges striker Emmanuel Dennis have signed two and five-year deals respectively.

The fixture list has been kind to Watford, who only face Tottenham from the traditional top six in the first seven games, so it’s imperative they get off to a good start, although they are evens to make an immediate return to the Championship.

Patrick Vieira (Crystal Palace)

Arsenal legend Vieira was shown the door by Nice in December after two and a half years with the Ligue 1 club and he is 7/1 in the Premier League sack race odds.

The Eagles completed the £21million capture of central defender Marc Guehi from Chelsea recently and French midfielder Michael Olise joined from Reading, their first signing of the summer.

Palace still look short on numbers and quality, so it could be a tough campaign in Vieira’s first managerial role in the Premier League.

Steve Bruce (Newcastle)

Steve Bruce, like Vieira 7/1 in the Premier League sack race odds, was criticised by many Newcastle fans last season, but a decent end to the campaign meant they comfortably beat the drop.

The former Manchester United defender did not make a great start to pre-season, losing 1-0 at National League side York City during which Joelinton limped off in the first half.

Bruce will remain under pressure with the club still nowhere near being taken over by a Saudi consortium 15 months after they made a £300million bid.

Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton)

Saints were top of the Premier League for the first time in their history in November but a drastic loss of form in the second half of the season meant they finished in 15th place.

Danny Ings turned down a new contract at the start of July and Ryan Bertrand left the club to join Leicester, although he was replaced by left-back Romain Perraud from Stades Brest on a four-year deal.

Southampton face both Manchester clubs and European champions Chelsea in their first seven games which also include clashes with West Ham, Everton and Leeds, so Hasenhuttl has a tough start to the campaign and he is 9/1 to get the boot first.

Best of the rest

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta will have to improve on eighth place and he is 10/1 in the Premier League sack race odds, the same price as Everton’s new manager Rafael Benitez who still has some work to do in appeasing the fans having described the Toffees as a “small club” after a 2007 Merseyside derby.

Norwich have the toughest start of any club, with Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Everton first up, so we go 12/1 on Daniel Farke being the first manager to be shown the door.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Author

Warren Barner