Paolo Di Canio has been installed as the new favourite in the Premier League Sack Race following Sunderland's poor start to the campaign. The Black Cats fell to a poor 3-1 defeat at newly promoted Crystal Palace on Saturday, leaving them second from bottom with just a point to their name from their opening three games.
The Italian lambasted his players following the defeat at Selhurst Park, with his defenders coming under fire for conceding "rubbish" goals. The 45-year-old has also been forced to stoutly defend his methods and insisted that his regime will produce results. However, the fixture list has thrown up an extremely cruel series of matches for his struggling side whose next seven consecutive home games are against Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd, Newcastle, Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham.
Di Canio had some brief respite during the week when his side produced a stunning late rally to come back from two goals down to beat MK Dons in the Capital One Cup. However, his side's league form has been awful, forcing the bookmakers to cut his odds down to 3/1 (Sky Bet), as he replaces Alan Pardew at the top of the pile. Meanwhile Bet Victor are offering odds of 6/5 for Di Canio not to be in charge of Sunderland come the last day of the season.