Rafa Benitez on borrowed time at Everton, according to the bookies

Toffees boss is now just 6/4 to be the next Premier League manager to get the chop heading into the Merseyside derby.

Rafa Benitez is in serious trouble at Everton, with the bookies now predicting he will be the Premier League manager out of the door.

Sunday's tame 1-0 defeat to Brentford extended the Toffees' Premier League winless run to seven matches and after a promising start which saw Champions League qualification being talked about, Everton have slipped to 14th.

The bookies have reacted accordingly, with Benitez, who was 10/1 at the start of the month, now in to 6/4 with Planet Sport Bet to be the next top-flight manager to leave their post. The Toffees have also been cut to 10/1 to be relegated.

Everton were booed off the pitch by their travelling support after the defeat to Brentford but Benitez tried to shield his players from blame, saying: "In terms of effort, they give everything, I cannot blame any players.

"I cannot be pointing fingers, they were giving their best, every one of them."

But when it's not the players' fault, the poor form only leaves one person in the firing line and that is the manager.

Benitez says injuries are a mitigating factor and the Merseyside club were without key players Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina at the weekend, while Demarai Gray was only deemed fit enough to make the bench.

However, it is Dominic Calvert-Lewin's absence which is being felt the most.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin Everton celebration Aug21

The England striker scored 34% of Everton's goals last season and started the 2021/22 campaign in a rich vein of form, netting in each of his first three starts.

However, he has not featured since August, initially due to a fractured toe and then a thigh injury.

In his absence, Richarlison has netted just once, while the 32-year-old Salomon Rondon has failed to register even a goal or an assist in his 550 minutes on the pitch this season.

Benitez clearly needs a plan B and his critics would argue that he has had three months to find one.

Everton will find little sympathy from their next opponents, either, despite Rafa's Anfield past, with Liverpool the visitors on Wednesday night.

Everton are a massive 6/1 to halt their winless run against Jurgen Klopp's side.

And, with clashes with ArsenalCrystal Palace and Chelsea following the visit of the Reds, it could get much worse before it gets better for the Toffees.

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