Premier League sack race: Patrick Vieira & Xisco Munoz favourites to be axed first, Mikel Arteta price slashed already

NEW Premier League arrivals Patrick Vieira and Xisco Munoz are already leading the 2021-22 sack race.

Bookmakers Betfair have installed the Crystal Palace and Watford bosses as 6/1 joint-favourites to be the first casualties of the new campaign.


Arsenal legend Vieira will be looking to avoid any comparisons to Frank de Boer, who was sacked after only four Premier League games.

Meanwhile Spaniard Xisco, 40, led Watford back to the top-flight after his arrival in December.

But the Hornets are notoriously tigger-happy having gone through SEVEN permanent managers since Quique Sanchez Flores was axed in May 2016.

Steve Bruce is third in the betting market at 15/2.

The Toon boss was favourite for the chop for long periods last season.

But he turned things around by collecting five wins in their final eight matches of the season and is reportedly close to signing a new contract at St James' Park.

Southampton's Ralph Hasenhuttl is next in the market at 10/1 ahead of Wolves' new boss Bruno Lage at 11/1.

Lage is relatively inexperienced having managed Benfica for just 76 matches before being given the boot after a streak of two wins in 13 games.

Graham Potter is offered at 12/1 – the same price as Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

Arteta was available at 16/1 but a few lacklustre pre-season performances has seen his price dip to 12s.

New Tottenham and Everton managers Nuno Espirito Santo and Rafa Benitez are locked together at 14s.

Pep Guardiola's position is considered the safest in the league at a triple-figure 100/1 with Betfair.

Premier League next manager sacked

Betfair odds

  • Patrick Vieira – 6/1
  • Xisco – 6/1
  • Steve Bruce – 15/2
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl – 10/1
  • Bruno Lage – 11/1
  • Mikel Arteta – 12/1 – WAS 16/1
  • Graham Potter – 12/1
  • Nuno Espirito Santo – 14/1
  • Rafa Benitez – 14/1
  • Daniel Farke – 16/1
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 16/1
  • Thomas Frank – 18/1
  • Dean Smith – 20/1
  • Sean Dyche – 25/1
  • David Moyes – 33/1
  • Jurgen Klopp – 33/1
  • Brendan Rodgers – 33/1
  • Marcelo Bielsa – 33/1
  • No Manager To Leave in 2021/22 EPL season – 50/1
  • Thomas Tuchel – 50/1
  • Pep Guardiola – 100/1



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