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Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers backed to win Premier League Sack Race

Mourinho now as short as 9/2 to be first Premier League manager out of a job, with Rodgers favourite

Many expected Chelsea to start turning things around at Goodison Park on Saturday although it was more of the same, with the champions conceding another three goals on their way to a third defeat of the season.

Chelsea are now as big as 16/1 to win the title despite going off as 13/8 pre-season, with Jose Mourinho having shortened significantly in the Premier League Sack Race.

The Portuguese is as short as 9/2 to be the first top flight gaffer out of a job, although you can get 5/1 with BetVictor that Mourinho is the first to leave which could come in the form of a sacking, mutual consent or simply the manager choosing to leave the club.

Mourinho has denied that he’s under pressure after a start to the season which has seen the team accrue just four points from five games, leaving them a full eleven points behind pace-setting Manchester City.

“Pressure is being a refugee,” the Chelsea manager said. “I enjoy my job, it is a pleasure and an honour to be in charge of Chelsea, even if the results are the worst of my career. I am not feeling pressure.

“The results are not adapted to my quality and my status but I am coping well with the situation. I am the best man for the job. I don’t think there is a better man to come in and do it.”

However, Brendan Rodgers is likelier to leave Liverpool first according to the latest odds, with the Reds’ 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford following a 3-0 reverse at home to West Ham.

Rodgers was missing Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho for the clash against the team’s north-west rivals although fans will have been dismayed by the defensive approach to the game.

Sky Bet go as short as 6/4 that Rodgers wins the first instalment of the Sack Race, with William Hill offering a bigger 3/1.

Dick Advocaat is also a best price 3/1, with the Dutchman having seen his Sunderland team lose 1-0 at home to Tottenham which means the Black Cats have just two points from their first five matches.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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