Everton boss Rafa Benitez leads Premier League sack race with Brendan Rodgers now joint-second

Rafa Benitez leads the Premier League sack race as odds shorten to 1/7 on Everton axing boss after embarrassing Liverpool defeat… with Brendan Rodgers joint-second favourite to lose his job at Leicester

  • Rafa Benitez is the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next top-flight sacking
  • His Everton reign reached its nadir in Wednesday’s 4-1 home defeat by Liverpool
  • The Toffees are now without a win in their last nine Premier League matches
  • Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is joint-second in the list at odds of 11/2 

Rafa Benitez is a heavy favourite with the bookmakers to become the Premier League’s next managerial casualty following Everton’s dismal home defeat against Liverpool on Wednesday night.

The Toffees were blitzed by their Merseyside rivals at Goodison Park, extending their winless run in the league to nine matches and piling further pressure on Benitez.

Wednesday night’s thrashing at the hands of his former club has left the Spaniard’s position as manager hanging by a thread, and Betfair have dramatically shortened the odds on his potential departure to 1/7.

Rafa Benitez is favourite to become the Premier League’s next managerial casualty at 1/7

Benitez's Everton side were thrashed 4-1 by Liverpool, meaning they are without a win in nine

Benitez’s Everton side were thrashed 4-1 by Liverpool, meaning they are without a win in nine

Benitez, therefore, faces a fight to keep his job after emerging as the clear frontrunner in the Premier League sack race.

Everton fans certainly made their displeasure known during their latest setback, turning on chairman Bill Kenwright and director of football Marcel Brands, as well as their under-fire manager.

After the defeat, Benitez said: ‘I still have confidence [the] team will do well, we need to bring players back. We have to learn we can’t make these kind of mistakes, we can be ready if we learn from that for the next game.

‘I think anyone who could see the game we made too many mistakes. When you make too many mistakes against a top side you’re not going to win. 

‘After the second goal our reaction was very good, the fans were pushing as soon as we scored the goal and the atmosphere was really good. 

‘We started the second half well, started on top but another mistake changed the game.’

Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers is now the joint-second favourite Premier League boss to go next after Leicester’s 2-2 draw with Southampton. 

Brendan Rodgers is joint-second favourite to go after Leicester's 2-2 draw with Southampton

Brendan Rodgers is joint-second favourite to go after Leicester’s 2-2 draw with Southampton

The Foxes have only recorded one victory in their last five matches, leaving them five points adrift of the top four down in eighth.

Rodgers has moved to 11/2 in the sack race, placing him second alongside Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, who has only picked up three wins all season. 

Claudio Ranieri’s Watford side were unfortunate to come away with nothing in their spirited 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea, but the Italian comes next in the list at odds of 9/1.

Eddie Howe, who only took over at Newcastle last month, and Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa are both 16/1 to fall victim to the axe next.

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