Rafa Benitez odds over at Paddy’s Site
Life’s A Beach for Rafa Benitez with punters responding to Liverpool’s worst run of form in 22 years with a wide variety of betting requests speculating on the manager’s demise.
Responding to the range of requests Paddy Power are offering 10/1 that Liverpool’s crunch game against arch rivals Manchester United on Sunday is Rafa’s last game in charge of the Anfield outfit. Liverpool are also now just 4/11 to fail to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League and 11/8 not to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season. Benitez himself is odds on not to survive the season at 8/11.
Meanwhile Benitez is the name being backed in Paddy Power’s Sack Race having come in from 18/1 prior to the weekend loss to Sunderland.
Paddy Power said: “Rafa being backed into 3/1 from 18/1 to be the next manager to go may not suggest he’s definitely on his way but it certainly reflects the immense pressure he is under with fans now widely speculating on his demise across many different markets.”
Punters are even revisiting the market on next Liverpool manager with former Kop king Kenny Dalglish the 13/5 favourite ahead of Jose Mourinho at 4/1. Jurgen Klinsmann, who just happened to be in the Sky Sports studio commenting on Liverpool’s loss to Lyons last night, is 9/1.
Liverpool Lengthen for Sunday Showdown
Things could yet get worse for Rafa with the visit of champions Man Utd this weekend. Liverpool are 7/4 from 8/5 to win the game, one of the biggest odds seen on a Liverpool home win, whilst an old name let go by Benitez could yet come back to haunt him. If Michael Owen – returning to Anfield in United colours for the first time – scores the last goal of the game Paddy Power will refund all losing first/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match.
Benitez Betting 10/1 Man Utd to be Benitez’s last game as manager
Benitez to still be Liverpool manager at the end of the season Evs Yes 8/11 No
To qualify for the next stage of the Champions League 15/8 Yes 4/11 No
To finish in the top four in the Premier League 8/15 Yes 11/8 No
Finishing Position 14/1 First 6/1 Second 4/1 Third 9/4 Fourth 11/8 5th or worse
Next Liverpool Manager 13/5 Dalglish 4/1 Mourinho 6/1 Mancini 9/1 Klinsmann 10/1 O’Neill 12/1 Rijkaard 16/1 Hiddink 16/1 Scuster 16/1 Bilic 18/1 Van Gaal 18/1 Ramos 20/1 Jol 22/1 Eriksson 25/1 Lippi 25/1 Van Basten 25/1 Deschamps 25/1 McClaren 33/1 Houllier 33/1 Hughes 33/1 Hitzfeld 33/1 Grant 40/1 Moyes 50/1 Souness 150/1 Hansen 500/1 Barnes 500/1 Fowler
Premier League Sack Race 9/4 Brown 11/4 Hart 3/1 Benitez 6/1 McLeish 8/1 Zola 14/1 Megson 16/1 Redknapp 25/1 Hodgson 28/1 McCarthy 33/1 Allardyce 33/1 Martinez 40/1 Coyle 40/1 Moyes 50/1 Pulis 66/1 Bruce 66/1 Ancelotti 66/1 O’Neill 80/1 Wenger 80/1 Ferguson
Liverpool v Man Utd 7/4 Liverpool 9/4 Draw 6/4 Man Utd
Life’s A Beach If Michael Owen scores the last goal, Paddy Power will refund all losing first/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match.