The longer Everton go without a game, the more secure Rafa Benitez looks in his job

Blank period for the Toffees has seen the odds on the Spaniard being the next Premier League manager to leave drift, with Claudio Ranieri now vying with him for favouritism.

COVID-19 may be playing havoc with the Premier League fixture list but you won't hear Rafael Benitez complaining - the postponements are keeping the Everton manager in a job.

Benitez was heavy odds-on to be the next boss out of the door after the Toffees' defeat to Crystal Palace on December 12.

However, a 1-1 draw with an out-of-form Chelsea and the loss of games against LeicesterBurnley and Newcastle have seen Benitez drift out to 13/8.

And while the point against the Blues did his cause no harm, it is the form of Watford which is having the biggest effect on his odds.

Claudio Ranieri Watford Dec21

The Hornets' 4-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham was their fifth defeat in a row and left them uncomfortably close to the relegation zone ahead of what promises to be a testing January for Claudio Ranieri's side.

Watford could be without Africa Cup of Nations-bound Emmanuel Dennis, Peter Etebo, William Troost-Ekong, Adam Masina and Ismaila Sarr for large chunks of the month. And, with an already trigger-happy owner at the helm in Gino Pozzi, Ranieri is in to 2/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.

Not that Rafa can rest totally easily, however, with a couple of potential banana skins on the horizon for the Merseyside outfit.

The Toffees return to action after nearly three weeks away on January 2 with a home fixture against Brighton and then follow that up with a trip to Championship side Hull City in the FA Cup on January 8. Defeat in either would surely signal the end of his Goodison Park tenure.

Marcelo Bielsa Leeds boss pointing Dec21

The only other top-flight manager considered to be in serious danger is Leeds United's Marcelo Bielsa.

The Elland Road side sit just five points above the drop zone following three successive defeats in which they conceded 14 goals.

Bielsa is 4/1 to depart next, odds that will plummet should his side suffer defeat to Burnley in what amounts to a relegation six-pointer on Sunday.

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