CLAUDIO RANIERI and Rafa Benitez are now joint-favourites to be the next managerial casualty of the season.

The pair are closely followed by Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, while Sky Bet have also slashed odds on Chelsea's Thomas Tuchel being relieved of his duties.

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Six top-flight bosses have been sacked in the 2021/22 campaign.

Xisco Munoz, Steve Bruce, Dean Smith, Nuno Espirito Santo, Daniel Farke and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were all sent packing before the halfway stage.

And for several weeks Benitez was favourite to follow in their footsteps after a tumultuous spell on Merseyside.

Everton went eight matches without a victory and dropped to 15th in the division after claiming five points from a possible 30 on offer.

The Spaniard, 61, was 1/8 at one stage but is now available at 2/1 with a few of his top-flight counterparts struggling.

Claudio Ranieri was offered at 8/1 but is now the 2/1 joint-favourite with Watford in free fall.

The 70-year-old signed a two-year contract with the Hornets in October but has managed just two victories during his tenure.

Next Premier League manager to leave

Sky Bet odds

  • Claudio Ranieri – 2/1
  • Rafael Benitez – 2/1
  • Marcelo Bielsa – 4/1
  • Eddie Howe – 12/1
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl – 14/1
  • Thomas Tuchel – 14/1
  • Brendan Rodgers – 20/1
  • No Manager To Leave – 20/1
  • Sean Dyche – 20/1
  • Mikel Arteta – 25/1

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Watford have lost their last FIVE on the bounce by an aggregate score of 15-6.

Ranieri was available at 8/1 but Sky Bet have slashed his odds to 2/1 after Tuesday's 4-1 defeat to West Ham at Vicarage Road.

It's a similar story for Leeds hero Marcelo Bielsa, who is now priced at 4/1 having been offered at 12/1 just three weeks ago.

Bielsa, 66, is enduring his worst spell since taking over as Leeds manager in 2018.

Leeds are 16th in the Premier League table and on the fringes of a relegation fight having won once in eight matches.

Newcastle's Eddie Howe — who was only appointed in November — is the next most likely manager to be relieved of their duties at 12s.

The Toon have claimed a single victory since his arrival and sit 19th – two points adrift from safety having played three more games than Burnley, and two more than Watford.

Interestingly, there's been significant support for Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel to be sent packing.

The German was around 40/1 for the axe, but his odds have been more than halved after a lacklustre 1-1 draw with Brighton at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel has also had a public disagreement with striker Romelu Lukaku, who revealed that he was unhappy with his role at the club.

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