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Is Jose Mourinho set for an axe?

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Jose Mourinho has replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager. (Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho remains the favourite to be the first Premiership manager to face the axe this season despite Man Utd’s stunning comeback win last weekend. The Red Devils were staring down the barrel of another defeat as they trailed Newcastle 2-0 at half-time, but a remarkable turnaround saw them clinch a 3-2 victory. Mourinho looked like a relieved man when maligned forward Alexis Sanchez crashed in a last gasp winner, but he is not out of the woods just yet.

The leading bookmakers listed on OddsMarket all make Jose Mourinho the odds-on favourite to be the next Premiership manager to leave his post. Unibet is offering just 3/5, while Sky Bet will only go to 4/6. Next up is Cardiff’s Neil Warnock at 7/1, so the bookies clearly feel the writing is on the wall for Mourinho. Utd is already seven points below Man City, Chelsea, and Liverpool and they were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Championship side Derby County, while Mourinho is at loggerheads with Paul Pogba, Sanchez and various other stars.

He seems unlikely to see the season out, with some newspapers reporting that his days are already numbered. That will leave a void for the role of the most successful current manager in the division. Arsene Wenger is now gone and Mourinho stands alone in front with three title wins under his belt. Only two other managers in the Premiership have lifted the famous trophy: Pep Guardiola at Man City last season and Manuel Pellegrini during his tenure at The Etihad. The Chilean’s new side, West Ham, are in no danger of challenging for serious honours any time soon, so Guardiola has a great chance to establish himself as the most successful current Premier League boss.

Yet he faces stern competition, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool looking extremely strong and an Eden Hazard-inspired Chelsea also dazzling under new coach Maurizio Sarri. Throw in Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs and Unai Emery at Arsenal and you have some real legendary coaches in the making currently locking horns in the Premiership.

Yet Guardiola is likely to emerge as the victor. The bookmakers at OddsMarket make Man City the odds-on favourites to win the title, while Liverpool is out at 9/4 and Chelsea are 9/1. Betting on the Premiership has soared in recent years as its global popularity continues to go from strength to strength and big name bosses like Guardiola, Mourinho, and Klopp battle it out for glory. Watching a Premier League match is often a thrilling occasion, as the action is frenetic and colourful characters like Mourinho jazz things up. But that excitement is ramped up by several notches when you have money riding on the outcome.

Yet many people do not know where to start, so OddsMarket can prove to be a really useful tool. It features leading sports writers and tipsters that offer expert insights and analysis on Premiership games via articles and videos, helping you devise a betting strategy. There is an odds comparison section, so you can see which bookmakers are offering the most competitive prices, and you can check the line history to see whether the odds are going up or down.

There is also a bet calculator, a bet tracker, a live score function and a buzzing forum, and the whole site is customisable to suit your needs. And the best thing is that it is entirely free, with no catch. The purpose of the site is to arm you with as much important information as possible before you make an educated betting decision with a reputable bookmaker, so it is well worth checking out OddsMarket.