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Managerial Sack Race And Premier League Relegation Betting Tips

Barry Arnold
By Barry Arnold
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We're just two days from the Premier League and time is running out to place your ante-post bets ahead off the 2015/16 season. We've already looked at top scorer bets for the season, next we find the best value in the first managerial sacking as well as which teams are likely to finish in the relegation places.

First Manager Sacked: Quique Flores - 6/1

As a Leeds fan I'd like to think I know a little something about Italian owners sacking managers. Despite automatic promotion from The Championship, Watford chose to get rid of Slavisa Jokanovic and install former Atletico Madrid boss Quique Flores as their new manager for the Premier League season.

Flores was amazingly their fifth manager in a year and if he doesn't hit the ground running the Pozzo family won't hesitate to sever ties. His job won't be made any easier by the fact that The Hornets have signed 10 players, most of which have no Premier League experience.

Relegation: Leicester City - 3/1


Has to be Leicester City at 3/1. I think it will be second season syndrome for The Foxes who survived last after Nigel Pearson inspired them to somehow win seven of their last nine games despite only winning four previously.

Pearson is gone and Claudio Ranieri has taken over, who hasn't managed in the Premier League since 2004. Pearson got the best out of players like Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa, while Leicester's talisman Esteban Cambiasso has now left the club.


Ranieri's appointment may have been more exciting than educated, the last four teams he's managed have been Monaco, Inter Milan, Roma and Juventus, none of whom were in any danger of relegation (match fixing aside). It remains to be seen how the 64-year-old will handle a Premier League relegation battle.

Relegation: Norwich City 11/10

Can't see Norwich having enough to stay up given the strengthening of the teams around them. Aston Villa should pick up more points with a full season under Tim Sherwood, and Sunderland should be more defensively resilient after convincing Dick Advocaat to stay on at the Stadium of Light.

While I'd like to see The Canaries and their £7m signing Robbie Brady survive in the Premier League, a strike-force of Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban doesn't scream Premier League quality. I expect them to finish behind the above teams as well as last season's free-scoring Championship winners Bournemouth.



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