Claudio Ranieri's odds slashed in the Premier League Sack Race

by Jack Kitson / 01 February 2017, 10:20

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, the man who miraculously hoisted the Premier League title last season, is now the second favourite for the sack.

Let that sink in for a minute, or even an hour.

Tuesday’s night’s 1-0 loss at Burnley (which in truth, was contentious) saw bookmakers Sky Bet shred the Italian’s odds from 18/1 down to just 3/1, meaning only Middlesbrough’s under-fire gaffer Aitor Karanka (5/4) sits above him in the Premier League Sack Race.

The dismal defeat at Turf Moor extended Leicester’s woeful winless away run (as defending champions) to a dozen games, while it left the confidence-crushed club just two points and two places above the dreaded drop zone...

...This time last year the East Midlands club had a three-point lead at the summit of the table, and 26 more points to their name.

From Sunday the Foxes have three matches sandwiched in the space of eight days.

First up is a difficult league fixture at home to Man Utd (Sunday), which is followed by an FA Cup replay against Derby (Wednesday), then a tricky trip to their rejuvenated relegation rivals Swansea (17th), who have won their last two games under Paul Clement.

Later in the month Leicester continue their impressive European adventure when they lock horns with Spanish side Sevilla, which is a daunting Champions League last-16 tie considering that the La Liga outfit are enjoying such an outstanding season under Jorge Sampaoli.

It’s not inconceivable that Leicester can win the Champions League but suffer relegation down to the Championship (356/1, Paddy Power)...

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