Premier League sack race: Xisco favourite for axe, Vieira & Bruce next, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta price slashed already

WATFORD boss Xisco is leading the 2021-22 sack race.

The Hornets manager was available at 6/1 to be the first Premier League dismissal of the season.


However, that price has now shortened to 5/1 with his side having managed just two wins in their six pre-season friendlies.

Watford's chiefs are notoriously tigger-happy having gone through SEVEN permanent managers since Quique Sanchez Flores was axed in May 2016.

Bookmakers Betfair think another new top-flight arrival in Patrick Vieira could also struggle.

Crystal Palace have lost several first-team players in Patrick van Aanholt, Andros Townsend, Gary Cahill and James McCarthy.

And they've been replaced by younger, less experienced signings in Marc Guehi and Michael Olise.

Vieira is available at 6/1 to be given the boot before any of his top-flight peers, according to Betfair.

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 eight matches and now has Joe Willock in his ranks on a permanent basis.

Southampton's Ralph Hasenhuttl is next in the market at 9/1 ahead of Wolves' new boss Bruno Lage at 11/1.

Premier League next manager sacked

Betfair odds

  • Xisco – 5/1
  • Patrick Vieira – 6/1
  • Steve Bruce – 15/2
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl – 9/1
  • Bruno Lage – 11/1
  • Mikel Arteta – 12/1
  • Graham Potter – 12/1
  • Nuno Espirito Santo – 14/1
  • Rafa Benitez – 14/1
  • Sean Dyche – 14/1
  • Daniel Farke – 16/1
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 16/1
  • Thomas Frank – 18/1
  • Dean Smith – 20/1
  • 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

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.


Over 1,000 Betfair customers have had their say on which top-flight boss will receive their marching orders first, and 15/2 shot Bruce is the most popular by a distance.

Who will be the first manager sacked?

  • Steve Bruce – 14%
  • Patrick Vieira – 9%
  • Mikel Arteta – 7%
  • Xisco Muñoz – 5%
  • Nuno Espírito Santo – 4%
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl – 4%


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