Chelsea next manager odds: Zinedine Zidane favourite to replace Maurizio Sarri, but Brendan Rodgers, Jose Mourinho and John Terry ALL in the frame

19 Feb

Maurizio Sarri is seemingly on the brink of getting the sack at Chelsea after Monday night’s FA Cup exit at the hands of Manchester United.

Two headed first-half goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba on Monday night saw the holders meekly surrender their crown at Stamford Bridge.

Time may be running out for Sarri at Stamford Bridge

Boos and chants of ‘F*** Sarri-ball’ rang around the famous ground as the former Napoli boss cut a confused figure in the dugout as his team were torn to shreds.

After seemingly losing the fans and with pundits criticising his tactical expertise, it seems as though the writing is on the wall for Sarri.

Not exactly renowned for his sympathetic approach to hiring and firing managers, Blues owner Roman Abramovich must surely be considering getting rid of the 60-year-old after just seven months.

But who could step into the hot seat and save Chelsea’s season?

Thanks to thesackrace.com, we can determine just who the favourites are with Britain’s leading bookmakers to replace Sarri if he does get the sack.

Scroll down to see the top 12 contenders ranked from longest to shortest favourite.

11= Antonio Conte – 25/1 (Bet Victor)

Conte was replaced by Sarri in the summer of 2018

11= Massimiliano Allegri – 25/1 (Paddy Power)

The current Juventus boss is a serial winner in Italy

6= John Terry – 20/1 (Paddy Power)

Surely a popular choice with fans, but lacks experience as a manager

6= Gareth Southgate – 20/1 (Paddy Power)

The Three Lions boss has also been linked with the permanent Manchester United job

6= Brendan Rodgers – 20/1 (Bet Victor)

A former coach at Stamford Bridge, Rodgers managed Liverpool for three years

6= Guus Hiddink – 20/1 (Bet Victor)

Will Hiddink take the call from Roman Abramovich to manage the Blues for a third time?

6= Luis Enrique – 20/1 (Paddy Power)

The current Spain boss managed Barcelona before taking a break from club football

5. Jose Mourinho – 14/1 (Paddy Power)

Incredibly, the former Chelsea boss is in line for a third spell at Stamford Bridge

4. Laurent Blanc – 12/1 (Bet Victor)

The World Cup winner has not managed since being sacked by PSG in 2016

3. Frank Lampard – 10/1 (Paddy Power)

The record scorer for Chelsea is excelling at Derby County in the Championship

2. Gianfranco Zola – 6/1 (Bet Victor)

The Chelsea legend is in the running to get a promotion from assistant to No.1

1. Zinedine Zidane – 2/1 favourite (Paddy Power)

Three consecutive Champions League wins puts Zidane firmly in the running

The Open Championship 2018 latest odds, betting tips, and predictions after day one at Carnoustie

16 Jul

talkSPORT 2 will be broadcasting ball-by-ball coverage of golf’s oldest major professional tournament, The Open.

Kevin Kisner might be leading The Open after round one – but he’s still a hefty price to lift the Claret Jug.

The American shot a stylish 66 at Carnoustie to take the clubhouse lead going into Friday, but remains priced at a general 25/1.

The world’s best will be vying for the Claret Jug
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Who are the Open Championship 2018 market leaders?

After a strong 2018, World No1 Dustin Johnson headed the betting before the first players teed off on Thursday morning – but a disastrous 76 looks to have put him out of contention.

You can now get a massive 150/1 on Johmson completing a remarkable comeback.

Last year’s champion Jordan Spieth went off a 22/1 shot to retain the Jug, but an steady first round of +1 has left him 33/1.

Whilst Southport star Tommy Fleetwood, priced still at 20/1, looks in good touch and is hoping to replicate his US Open heroics.

Sneaking in under the radar is a certain Tiger Woods, 25/1, who showed glimpses of his brilliant best in an opening round 71.

Tiger has been getting his practice in ahead of The Open on Thursday
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Here’s how the top ten in the betting look heading into the second round:

  • Rory McIlroy – 9/1
  • Jon Rahm – 9/1
  • Rickie Fowler – 10/1
  • Tony Finau – 14/1
  • Francesco Molinari – 16/1
  • Zach Johnson – 16/1
  • Justin Thomas – 16/1
  • Tommy Fleetwood – 20/1
  • Tiger Woods – 25/1
  • Justin Rose – 25/1
The greens look quick after a lengthy period without rain
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