Betting on Football – The Sack Race
Football is the most popular sport when it comes to online betting sites and one of the reasons for that is the vast range of markets available to all punters. You can also find a seriously good range of ‘specials’ – bets that relate to a one-off event or a niche market that is exclusive to football itself and one of these is colloquially known as the ‘Sack Race’.
Sack Race Explained
In simple terms, sack race betting involves speculating on which Premier League manager will be the first to leave his post. This is most popular at the start of the season when we’re waiting for the first boss to be fired but the market is open throughout the campaign and bets can be placed at any time.
Not every outlet will open a book on this but its increasing popularity means that all the major companies such as William Hill, SkyBet, Paddy Power and many more are getting involved so you should never be short of a place to stake your money.
Who to Back?
It’s widely perceived that the manager at the bottom of the table after the first few games is the one most under pressure but after ten fixtures in the 2014-15 Premiership campaign, Burnley were the worst performing team yet their boss – Sean Dyche – was among the rank outsiders to leave his post.
If the bottom side has just been promoted and their manager is relatively young and inexperienced, the chances are that the club chairman will have a little more patience with the man in charge.
In contrast, the early favourites are likely to have been with their teams for a long period of time with no sign of things improving on the pitch. This theory is backed up by the fact that after those first ten matches, Aston Villa’s Paul Lambert and Queens Park Rangers’ Harry Redknapp were the bookies’ favourites.
History has shown that some chairmen have no patience at all with their managers and are quicker to fire than others. That’s why Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino was among the early favourites at the beginning of the 2014-15 season.
Spurs’ Chairman Daniel Levy has gone through plenty of bosses since taking over the club in 2001 and as long as he remains in charge, his legendary ‘trigger finger’ gives punters a good chance of taking a profit.
The same could be said about Manchester City where, it would seem, nothing less than a Premiership title is good enough for their board. Manager Manuel Pellegrini may have lifted the trophy after his first full season in charge but as his team lagged behind Chelsea during the early exchanges of 2014-15, he was very much under pressure and features highly in the Sack Race markets.
While these examples may be current only at the time of writing, the principle behind each candidate is timeless. So, whenever you want to take a punt on the Sack Race, look at each individual manager, and assess their relative position, together with the general attitude of the Chairman. This type of analysis can help you to turn a regular profit in what is essentially a fun bet!