Jose Mourinho Sack Race Betting

14/12/2015 – Leicester 2-1 Chelsea

Leicester condemned Chelsea to their ninth defeat in sixteen Premier League matches live on Sky Sports tonight, and seemingly heaped a whole lot more pressure on Jose Mourinho.

Every time it looks like Chelsea have turned the corner, another defeat seems to come along and send them back to Square 1. Last week the Blues bounced back with a decent performance when beating Porto in the Champions league.

Then tonight they turn in another sloppy display, leading to Mourinho claiming that he felt “betrayed” by some of his players. Pretty strong stuff, and I’m not sure what it will do for the dressing room harmony.

Anyway, Mourinho is back into odds on favourite to be next manager out, where he is currently a best price of 10/11 with BetVictor (new customers can claim a £25.00 Free Bet here.

07/11/15 – Stoke 1-0 Chelsea

Yet another defeat for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho, and this has seen Betfair launch one of their new sign up offers on Jose Mourinho to get the sack.

There is now a break for international fixtures, meaning Chelsea don’t have a match for two weeks. You would have to imagine if Abramovich is going to pull the trigger, now might be the ideal time.

01/11/15Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool

The defending Champions sixth defeat in eleven Premier League matches has seen Jose Mourinho now go odds on in the sack race, the Chelsea manager is now a best price of 4/11 with Paddy Power (£30.00 in free bets here).

Of Mourinho’s rivals in the sack race, last weekend’s favourite, Steve McClaren seen his odds lengthen to 4/1 on the back of Newcastle’s improved display in their 0-0 draw at home to Stoke. It’s widely accepted that only a decent performance from Stoke stopper, Jack Butland, prevented Newcastle recording their second win of the season.

All of this, along with more bad headlines (during last week) regarding the Doctor Eva Canario affair, have conspired to see Mourinho go heavy odds on favourite.

Mourinho claims to not fear for his job, and he has had a vote of confidence, of sorts. Can he survive to the International Break in a couple of weeks? Or might Chelsea be eyeing that up as the ideal time to get rid of him?

In Next Chelsea Manager Betting markets, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti lead the betting, both at 4/1. Third on the list, and possibly a more viable candidate if Chelsea act soon, is Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simone at 8/1.

27/10/15Stoke 1-1 Chelsea (Stoke win 5-4 on pens)

Although not strictly speaking a defeat for Chelsea, they still – as holders – crashed out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Stoke via a penalty shoot-out, and now Jose Mourinho has overtaken Newcastle’s Steve McClaren in the sack race.

Mourinho now finds himself as the outright favourite to be the next manager to leave his post, he is currently a best price of 5/4 with Coral (£20.00 in free bets here).

If there’s any light at the end of the tunnel for Chelsea and Mourinho, it’s that this weekend’s opponents Liverpool, aren’t exactly flying at the moment – although the same could have been said about Stoke as well.

26/10/15 – Following on from Tim Sherwood’s sacking by Aston Villa yesterday, Newcastle then got beat 3-0 by Sunderland, and this seen Steve McClaren catapulted in above Jose Mourinho as the new favourite in the sack race.

McClaren is now the 5/4 favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, with Jose Mourinho the second favourite at a best price of 9/4 with Betvictor (£25.00 Free Bet) and Coral.

24/10/15West Ham 2-1 Chelsea

Today’s 2-1 reversal at the hands of West Ham was Chelsea’s (the defending champions) fifth defeat in their opening ten Premier league matches. This defeat leaves the Blues in 15th place in the table, and already 11 points behind leaders Arsenal (both having played 10 matches).

This seems to have led to another rush of bets on Mourinho to be the next manager to leave his job and he is now a best price of 9/2 with Coral (£20.00 In Free Bets Here) to be next manager to be booted out the door. The Chelsea manager is now the second favourite behind Tim Sherwood, the current sack race favourite, with other bookies having Mourinho as short as 3/1 or 4/1.

It is now getting to the stage where you do wonder if the Chelsea hierarchy will act? Mourinho was sent to the stands today, he already has a suspended stadium ban (likely to be implemented now) around his neck, and almost every time he opens his mouth, he courts controversy.

The club must be getting sick of all of the negative headlines. First it was the issue with the club doctors, now it seems to be referees and/or Arsene Wenger on a weekly basis. They may tolerate these adverse stories if the team are being successful on the pitch, but at the moment they don’t even look like winning.

Mourinho may have a point with some of the things he says about Arsene Wenger, but he gives off the aura of a man who is more preoccupied in scoring points off the Frenchman, instead of focusing on what is happening with his own team.

There are reports that the dressing room isn’t behind the manager, all of which is denied by Mourinho. In his previous stint as Chelsea boss, he had players like Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba who sung his praises and gave the impression they would run through brick walls for him, so all this flies in the face of the argument that Mourinho has lost the dressing room.

That said, there must be players in the dressing room who are more than just unhappy with the way Mourinho treated the two doctor’s (Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn) during and after the Swansea match. And with the way the players are performing, anybody could be forgiven for thinking that Mourinho has lost the dressing room.

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Next Chelsea Manager Betting

He’s not even gone yet, and there is also no strong rumours coming out the club that Jose Mourinho is even going to get sacked, but there is already ‘Next Chelsea Manager’ betting markets available.

The man who is favourite to be next Chelsea manager in the event of Jose Mourinho being sacked, is Carlo Ancelotti, who is currently a best price of 6/1 with Ladbrokes (£50.00 Free Bet Here) to replace the Portuguese.

Next comes his old adversity from his time in Spain, Pep Guardiola, who is a best price of 8/1 with Skybet. Diego Simone is third in the betting at 9/1 with Ladbrokes, with Brendan Rodgers in fourth place at a best price of 18/1 with Skybet.

Here we take a look at the credentials of the four main contenders.

Carlo Ancelotti – The Italian is widely regarded to have been very unlucky to have lost his job first time round at Chelsea, and his treatment may be one of the main reasons whys he might be more than just a bit reluctant to want to go back to the Bridge.

One of the reasons rumoured to be behind the Italian’s sacking, was because he was perceived to have failed in the Champions League. This is despite the fact that Ancelotti is one of only two managers in history to have won the Champions League three times.

Personally I would be surprised if the Italian was prepared to swallow his pride and go back to the club. Ancelotti doesn’t need to take the risk. He is widely respected throughout football, and he knows that the offer of a top job somewhere is waiting just around the corner.

Pep Guardiola – I just don’t see this one happening during the season. According to reports in the past (and I don’t know how accurate these reports were), Guardiola wasn’t interested in the job, as he didn’t like the way Chelsea went about their business (not my words, any Chelsea fans reading).

The reports in the media when Guardiola was taking his sabbatical after finishing at Barcelona, were that he wouldn’t take the job at any price.

I also can’t see any way in the world that Guardiola would walk out on his job at Bayern Munich half way through a season, it’s not as if things are going badly in Bavaria either.

The only way Pep might take this job is if it becomes available at the end of the season, and Guardiola and Bayern have decided to part company, amicably. I can’t see Pep forcing through a move to Chelsea, why would he?

Diego Simeone – The Argentine is in a similar mould to Mourinho footballing wise, maybe he is more defensive, but he can tactically set up a team in a manner only Mourinho can.

Would Abramovich want a manager who plays more entertaining football? Who knows. One thing that is for certain is that Simeone could work with the players in the same sort of manner that Mourinho does.

The downside to this though, is that a reason why things aren’t currently working for Mourinho could be because the players want to be more attacking? Maybe part of the problem is that players like Hazard and Fabregas have had enough of playing with the shackles on?

With Simeone never having managed at the top, top level (no disrespect to Atletico Madrid), I reckon he wouldn’t hesitate to jump ship if the opportunity came along.

Brendan Rodgers – Treated with disdain by some sections of Liverpool fans, despite nearly winning them the league two seasons back (according to some, it was nothing to do with Rodgers). And some might be asking why the Irishman is even a runner in this market?

Well, I believe the answer to that question is for a few reasons. Firstly, he would take the job should it become available (something that couldn’t be guaranteed with two of the above three), there can be little doubt about that. Second, he has Chelsea connections, and I would imagine he is well thought of, and respected within the club.

Thirdly, in manners similar to those of Roberto di Matteo, Rafa Benitez and maybe even Avram Grant, Rodgers is the sort of manager who you could see ‘keeping the seat warm’ until the real target (ie, Pep) became available at the end of the season, and for these reasons I believe he could be a serious contender.

In the event of Chelsea handing Rodgers an 18 or 30 month contract, they would have no problem or hesitation in sacking him after 6 months if Pep Guardiola became available.

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Bet365 £50 Arsenal V Bayern Munich Offer

The biggest match in the Champions League tonight is at the Emirates Stadium, where Arsenal take on Bayern Munich in a must win match for Arsene Wenger’s side, and bet365 are running their magnificent £50.00 in-play free bet offer on this match.

Don’t worry if you are only opening a new bet365 account today, as you can still claim the £50.00 free bet, as well as the £200.00 welcome bonus.

Back to the £50.00 in-play free bet, and to get this offer all you need to do is place a £50.00 bet on the match pre kick-off. Once you have done that, you can have a £50.00 bet in-play, and if it loses you get your money refunded in cash. Your first bet in-play, will be classed as your free bet.

Should you wish to, you can get yourself the £50.00 in-play free bet risk free by using the Matched Betting method. Simply back Bayern at 19/20 (just under Even money) with Bet365, and then LAY Bayern Munich on Betfair (currently 2.02, just above Evens) for £50.00. You will lose a pound or two doing this, but you will have a £50.00 free bet to use in-play on the match.

Personally, I would happily buy a £50.00 free bet for a couple of quid any day.

To make sure you don’t lose at all. Whatever bet you use your free bet on (in-play), simply lay it for a few quid on Betfair. This way you are guaranteed a profit of sorts, no matter what the outcome!

Arsenal really need to win tonight – they certainly can’t afford a defeat. Their next fixture is away in Germany, and even their most loyal of fans would have to admit to not expecting to get much from a visit to the German champions.

Arsene Wenger has already confirmed Petr Cech will start in goal, all but (finally) admitting he made a mistake in not playing his only world class keeper against Olymiakos.

There is eight Champions League matches in all tonight, as well as plenty of football league action. If you are planning on having an accumulator on any of these matches, then make sure you have acca insurance or enhanced winnings included.

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7/1 on England to keep a clean sheet with Coral

It may be a dead rubber in terms of qualification (for England), but for some of Roy Hodgson’s team playing against Estonia tonight, it will be an opportunity to play themselves into contention for a place in Hodgson’s final squad for the European Championships next summer.

Coral have a great new sign up offer on tonight’s match, and looking a the statistics from the group to date, it looks to be a good value offer.

Anybody opening a new Coral account through this link can get enhanced odds of 7/1 on England not to concede a goal against Estonia in their Euro 2016 Qualifier tonight. The maximum bet (at 7/1) is £5.00, and all winnings are paid in cash. You will get 20 quid in free bets if Estonia do manage to score.

The chances of Estonia scoring seem to be fairly slim. In their 8 group matches to date, they have only managed to find the back of the net a mere 4 times. Add to that the fact that England have only conceded 3 goals, and you can see how thankless Estonia’s task looks.

No England player will be taking these last two group matches lightly, which makes me believe that this bet is good value. Gary Cahill is a definite starter in defence (he has been announced as captain, in Wayne Rooney’s absence), and Hodgson never seems to rest Joe Hart.

The competition for places in the England squad at the moment is very competitive, and when you look at someone like Andros Townsend, and previously Rickie Lambert, it goes to show that if you produce the goods for Hodgson, he will remain loyal to you even if you can’t get a place in your current club’s starting eleven.

Guys like Dele Alli of Spurs and Jonjo Shelvey of Swansea have the chance to make a lasting impression on Hodgson. This should keep the (so called) established squad players on their toes, especially with a guy like Alli who is the future. Players must know that a forward planning manager like Hodgson would love to find a way to get a guy like Alli in the squad going to France next summer.

Back to the Coral betting offers, and don’t forget that all Coral customers can get Super Acca Insurance on this weekend’s 2016 European Championship qualifiers. The maximum refund on Super Acca Insurance is £25.00, and it comes as a free bet.

With Super Acca Insurance you get three refund chances. If you place a 6-8 team acca you can get a refund if one team lets you down. For accas with 9 or 10 teams in it, you can get a refund if up to two teams let you down. And for accas with 11 teams (or more) in it, you will get a refund if up to 3 teams let you down.

Also from Coral is their generous Casino Sign Up Offer. At the moment, it is a simple ‘Deposit £10.00, and get £50.00 free’ offer.

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Betfair Euro 2016 Qualifier New Account Offers 08/10/15

Tonight sees what could be pivotal matches for some of the home nations in the latest round of Euro 2016 qualifiers, with Northern Ireland, Scotland and Republic of Ireland all in action – and Betfair have some excellent sign up offers on all three of the matches involving teams from these shores.

Starting with Northern Ireland, and they take on Greece in Belfast in what ‘is and isn’t’ a must win game for the Irish. Sound a bit confusing, well that’s because it is.

The facts are, if Northern Ireland win tonight – they qualify outright, simple as that. They are 4 points ahead og Hungary in 3rd place, but Hungary are at home to the Faroe Island tonight, and virtually assured of 3 points.

So Northern Ireland can afford not to lose, but if they do, they will go to the last round of fixtures away in Finland, while Hungary travel to Greece. Romania (who currently sit second in the group 1 point behind the Irish) are at home to Finland tonight, and away at the Faroe Islands in their last match.

So now you can see why it is important for the Irish to get the job done tonight. Northern Ireland are a massive 7/1 to beat Greece to new Betfair customers opening an account here, you will also get £100.00 in free bets, and your money back as a free bet should Northern Ireland fail to win.

The next offer is on the Republic of Ireland V Germany in Dublin, and there are a couple of choices on this match. The Republic really need something from this game if they are too have any chance of qualifying, but it’s hard to see them getting anything against the current world champions.

Ireland actually managed a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture, but I would imagine the Germans will want to put that right tonight.

If you think Germany will complete their revenge mission, anybody opening a new Betfair account through this link can get 4/1 on Germany to beat Republic of Ireland and £100 in free bets. You will also get your money back as a free bet should Germany not win

Alternatively, if you are patriotic and want to have a bet on the Irish tonight, there is an option. Betfair are offering all new customers opening an account here 5/1 on Republic of Ireland just to score against Germany, you will also get £100.00 in free bets.

The final new accounts offer of the day is a choice option on the Scotland V Poland match from Hampden park tonight. Scotland just have to win tonight, Ireland’s last two matches are against Germany and Poland, while Scotland’s final fixture is at away to Gibraltar. The Scots currently sit 4 points behind Ireland (who are third), so working on the assumption Ireland might not pick up any points in their last two games, Scotland will need to win tonight to have any realistic chance of overhauling Ireland on goal difference – as the Irish currently have an 8 goal advantage.

That side, a couple of 2-0 defeats for the Irish in their remaining matches isn’t impossible, and that would mean a draw tonight for Scotland, followed by a good thrashing of Gibraltar in their final match, might do it for the Scots.

Anybody opening a new Betfair account here can choose from either 8/1 on Scotland to win, or 8/1 on Poland to win. You will also get £100.00 in free bets, and your money back as a free bet should your selection lose.

With all these offers tonight, you can only do one of them. So you have to choose which one you like the look of. The maximum bet at the enhanced odds is £10.00, and the bet has to be placed pre kick-off (before 7.45pm). the relevant Betfair Promo Codes required for the offers, will be already included on the sign up page of the offer you sign up/click through.

There are also plenty of Euro 2016 qualifiers being played tonight and over the next few days. Check out our Acca Insurance page for the best offers on your football accumulator bets, including the best refunds and direct access to acca insurance coupons.

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Bet365 £50 in-play free bet on Arsenal V Man Utd

It’s not just a Super Sunday in the English Premier League today, as there are also some huge matches taking place across the continent of Europe, with the pick of the big matches coming from Germany, with Bayern Munich hosting Borussia Dortmund, and from Spain, where the Madrid Derby takes place this evening.

Starting off in England with the Premier League, and bet365 are running their brilliant £50.00 in-play free bet for all customers (new and existing) on the big match between Arsenal and Manchester United, kicking off at 4pm.

If you haven’t already got a bet365 account, you can open one here and claim their market leading £200.00 Welcome Bonus. Even if you are only opening a new bet365 account now, you will still be eligible to get both the £200.00 Welcome Bonus, and the £50.00 in-play free bet on Arsenal V Man Utd.

To get the in-play free bet, simply place a bet on any market on the Arsenal V Manchester United match pre kick-off. Once you have done that, bet365 will give you your money back on the first bet you place in-play on the match if it loses, up to a maximum of £50.00.

So to sum the offer up, you have £50.00 on Arsenal to win pre kick off (they are currently even money with bet365). Then about 10 minutes into the match you see it is an open and attacking game, and you think there is likely to be a few goals. You then have £50.00 on Over 2.5 Goals (your first in-play bet). If the bet wins, great, you have won. If the bet loses, you get your £50.00 back – in cash – under the terms of the £50.00 in-play free bet offer.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s have a look at the actual football, starting with the first game, the Merseyside Derby.

Everton v Liverpool

Kicking-off at 1.30pm, the early Super Sunday match sees Everton and Liverpool clash in the first Merseyside Derby of the season. This will be the 225th time these sides have met since 1894. The last 2 results between these two rivals have been a draw, which is reflected in the current odds.

Liverpool are marginal favourites at 17/10. The Reds will be pleased to see Daniel Sturridge back after an injury ravaged 12 months, and his 2 goal haul last weekend against Aston Villa will give the fans some confidence that Liverpool can finally get a winning run going in the league, and release some of the tension that currently surrounds manager Brendan Rodgers with speculation about his job.

Everton are 6 matches unbeaten in league and cup, so come into this fixture with some form. Having said that, they put in what can be best described as a strange performance while winning 3-2 away at West Brom last Monday night. At 2-0 down, Everton looked clueless, yet they still managed to win the match.

Everton can’t afford another slow start like that today. They are 9/5 to win today, with the draw coming in at 12/5.

Arsenal v Man Utd

The next game sees a huge clash between current title-contenders Arsenal and Man Utd. As well as the £50.00 in-play free bet, this promises to be an intriguing match as it will be a great indicator to see just where these two sides are with regard to challenging for the title.

There have been some memorable matches between these two teams over the years, most notably the phenomenal 8-2 United win back in 2011 at Old Trafford.

Arsenal go into the fixture as Even money favourites. The Gunners will be happy to see Alexis Sanchez return to goal scoring ways, with a brilliant hat-trick against Leicester last weekend.

Manchester United went top last weekend when they completed a 3-0 routine victory over Sunderland. They followed that up with a decent win over Wolfsburg in the Champions League midweek, so they go into this match with some decent form. Louis van Gaal’s men start the match as 14/5 outsiders, which is also the odds on the match finishing in a draw.

Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund

Moving into Europe, and bet365 will be streaming this fixture live (except in Germany, Austria, Italy, Luxemburg, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, San Marino and USA), apart from that, all you will need is an active funded account to watch.

Bayern have dominated their league for a few years now, and it doesn’t look to be any different this season – with 7 wins from 7 games, scoring 23 goals in the process, and it’s no surprise they go into this fixture as 4/7 favourites.

Dortmund are at least putting up something of a fight this year, and currently sit in 2nd place (4 points behind). Last week former Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski scored just the 5 goals in 9 minutes against Wolfsburg, and the Pole followed that up with a hat-trick in midweek in the Champions League. He is on fire at the moment and looks a great bet to score again against Dortmund.

Dortmund have had back to back score-draws in recent weeks, so Both Teams to Score looks a decent bet at 8/15 (1.53), or Over 2.5 goals at 1/2 (1.50). A Dortmund win today is currently 19/4, with the draw at 16.5.

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid

Also live on the bet365 website is this colossal fixture, similar to above, this match is not available in Spain, Middle East, North Africa, Andorra and USA, and you will need an active or funded account.

Just two points separate the Madrid sides, so this is another early season indicator of title-credentials for both. Along with Barcelona losing yesterday – and not looking the same without the injured Lionel Messi – this also represents a great chance for one of these sides to make ground on the Catalans and climb up the table.

Unlike the match in Germany, the Madrid Derby is generally a cagey affair with few goals. The match kicks off at 7.30pm, with Real Madrid starting as the 13/10 favourites. Atletico will be hoping to make home advantage count, and can be backed at 11/5, with the draw at 23/10.

bet365’s Euro Soccer Bonus is available on all of these fixtures on the ‘Full-Time Result’ and ‘Result + Both Teams to Score’ markets. With this offer, you can earn a huge 10% bonus on a winnings 4-fold accumulator bet.

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Betfair New Customers Offers 03/10/15

There’s a magnificent weekend of football action ahead of us, and this means plenty of new customer offers from Betfair.

The first offer from Betfair, is an enhanced odds accumulator bet. Anybody opening a new Betfair account through this link can get a massive 20/1 on Barcelona, Man City, Chelsea and Brighton all to win. This offer is enhanced from just under 7/1, and it ends at 3pm on Saturday. The maximum bet is £10.00, and you will also get your money back as free bet if your acca loses.

Don’t forget if you are placing any accumulator bets this weekend, to make sure you have some sort of acca insurance from your bookie. We have a whole page dedicated to acca insurance, where you can find out all the best offers available, and there are all for existing customers.

Moving on with the Betfair new customer offers, and the next one is on the live match between Crystal Palace and West Brom on BT Sports, kicking off at 12.45pm.

Palace have made the better start of the two teams to the season, including an impressive win over Chelsea. West Brom on the other hand have struggled, and only last Monday they surrendered a 2-0 lead at home to Everton in a totally un-Tony Pulis-like performance.

I would never generally class Crystal Palace at home to a Tony Pulis team as a banker win, but on current form you would have to say that the 5/1 on offer from Betfair (for new customers opening an account here) is great value (max bet £10.00).

As well as the 5/1, you will also get £100.00 in free bets, and your money back as a free bet should Palace fail to win. The normal odds on a Crystal Palace win today with Betfair is 17/20.

Next is an offer on the Norwich V Leicester fixture at Carrow Road, with the match kicking off at 3pm. Both of these teams have made a fairly reasonable start to the season, and that’s what probably makes this offer a bit more of a long shot than the others listed on here.

Anybody opening a new Betfair account through this link can get 9/1 on Leicester to beat Norwich, and £100.00 in free bets.

The maximum bet is £10.00, and you will also get your money back as a free bet should Leicester fail to win. The normal Betfair odds on Leicester are 23/10.

The final offer for today comes on the live Sky TV match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge kicking off at 5.30pm.

Depending on what you think about Chelsea’s recent form, this could possibly be the stand out offer of the day. Anybody opening a new Betfair account through this link can get 5/1 on Chelsea to beat Southampton and £100 in free bets.

The normal Betfair odds on Chelsea today are 4/5, which seems a bit long to me. I suppose given Chelsea’s recent form, it could be classed as a 50/50 bet today as to whether or not they win. Again, the maximum bet at 5/1 on Chelsea is £10.00, and you will get your money back as a free bet should Jose Mourinho’s team fail to win.

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