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Chris Wilder and Frank Lampard Now Top Favorites to Be Second Premier League Manager Sacked

Quinn Allen

by Quinn Allen in Soccer

Jan 7, 2021 · 6:17 AM PST

Chelsea's head coach Frank Lampard
Chelsea's head coach Frank Lampard scratches his head after the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, London, England, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. City won the match 3-1. (Andy Rain/Pool via AP)
  • Sheffield’s Chris Wilder now leads the way in odds to be sacked as the Blades have yet to win this season
  • Chelsea gaffer Frank Lampard is now under fire as well after the Blues’ dismal form
  • Who’s the best bet to be fired next in the Premier League? Get our odds, preview, and pick below

It’s been an intriguing season to this point in England’s top flight. Numerous teams are fighting for relevance at the top of the table, but there are others who have struggled.

Mikel Arteta has revived his job at Arsenal after three straight victories, improving his odds to be sacked from +200 to a long +2000 currently.  Sheffield United bench boss Chris Wilder is the clear favorite now at -300, followed by Chelsea’s Frank Lampard, who is receiving serious criticism due to his side’s poor play.

One of these two gaffers could be the next to go in the Premier League after Slaven Bilic was dismissed from his duties by West Brom last month.

2020/21 Premier League Odds to Be Sacked Next

Manager Odds
Chris Wilder -300
Frank Lampard +500
Roy Hodgson +1200
Steve Bruce +1200
Graham Potter +1400
Sam Allardyce +1600
Mikel Arteta +2000
Nuno Espirito Santo +2500
Scott Parker +2500
Sean Dyche +2500
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer +3300
David Moyes +4000
Dean Smith +5000
Marcelo Bielsa +5000
No Manager To Leave +5000
Carlo Ancelotti +6600
Jose Mourinho +6600
Pep Guardiola +6600
Ralph Hasenhuttl +6600
Brendan Rodgers +8000
Jurgen Klopp +10000

 

Odds taken Jan 6 at William Hill

Wilder Struggling With Sheffield

A year ago, Chris Wilder was being hailed for the wonderful job he was doing with the Blades. After securing a ninth-place finish last term, there was a sense of optimism at Bramall Lane with a relatively similar squad intact for 2020/21.

However, things have taken a massive turn for the worst with Sheffield. They currently sit at rock bottom in the Premier League, with just two points to show for through 17 matches. Wilder’s men haven’t even secured one victory while bagging a dreadful eight goals.

A lot of their defeats have been extremely close though, usually by one goal; they’ve just ended up on the losing end. On a more positive note though, Wilder has taken this club from League One all the way to mid-table of England’s top flight last season where the Blades weren’t far off European football. Ownership clearly has a lot of belief in the manager because he has done a lot of good for this side.

It is very rare to see a team that put together such a fantastic campaign completely fall off the face of the earth the next season. It’s a new year and hopefully, Wilder can improve his current squad and collect some points.

Lampard Struggling at the Helm

A summer full of high-profile signings was supposed to make Chelsea legitimate title contenders. While Lampard’s side enjoyed a wonderful spell of form where they went unbeaten in 14 competitive matches, the Blues have immensely struggled since.

The gaffer is under immense pressure because of it, collecting just four points in their last six fixtures. The electric attack has lacked excitement in the final third, while their backline that previously showed solidity has looked shaky and vulnerable at times.

Lampard has a lot of players to handle and clearly, the right decisions aren’t currently being made with the squad. There’s a lot of quality talent that has rarely seen the pitch this season in the likes of Jorginho, Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori, and many others.

Then there’s Timo Werner, who was seen as the answer to Chelsea’s woes on the attack. That’s been far from the truth as the German is having a tough time adjusting to life in England, failing to net a goal in his last 12 appearances.

The Blues will give Lampard time to figure out what his absolute best starting XI will be moving forward. But with this team sitting seven points off the top, a change in form needs to happen sooner rather than later, or the club legend could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge.

Best Bet

On paper, it certainly seems like Chris Wilder will be the next man to pack his bags. Even though Sheffield has said they have full belief in the Englishmen, I have a hard time believing they’ll stick with him if the Blades continue to suffer defeats week after week.

As for Lampard, his situation is slightly different. Considering he has a rich history with Chelsea, the club will be patient with the 42-year old for the time being. But if this dismal form continues for the long run, expect there to be a change.

But as for the next gaffer to be sacked, I do believe it will be Wilder because at this point, Sheffield United isn’t showing any signs of turning things around and unfortunately, the manager will be to blame.

Pick: Chris Wilder -300

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