Slaven Bilic odds suggest position precarious
FootyOn experts look at Slaven Bilic odds as the West Ham United manager comes under more pressure.
The Carabao Cup second round tie at Cheltenham Town was the 100th competitive match the Hammers have played since Bilic succeeded Sam Allardyce.
Former Croatia defender and boss Bilic missed two Europa League qualifiers at the start of 2015/16, so is officially on 98 games in charge.
His spell in charge has coincided with West Ham leaving long-time ground Upton Park behind for the London Stadium.
It has proved a difficult adjustment and reports have now surfaced that the board are thinking of replacing Bilic.
The Hammers hierarchy includes David Gold, David Sullivan and Karen Brady – an experienced trio of football executives.
Bilic odds in the first Premier League manager to go market have been cut into 7/2 with Sky Bet.
With pressure mounting, despite the Cheltenham cup clash victory, West Ham need to get something out of a trip to fellow early season strugglers Newcastle United.
Bilic’s boys are 21/10 chances for victory on Tyneside with betway.
Dropping any points to the hosting Magpies will only exacerbate the situation, but how have we got to this point?
Poor form since February
Under Bilic, the Hammers have won just three of their last 16 Premier League matches.
What little league victories there have been to celebrate in that run have come by the odd goal.
Two in seven of those have been at West Ham’s new home, with the other on the final day of last term at Burnley in a dead rubber.
Half of those 16 games under Bilic have been losses, however, with a further five draws.
A league win percentage of 18.75 following three victories in four after being unceremoniously dumped out of last season’s FA Cup by Manchester City is a big problem.
Failure to score is also another issue influencing Bilic odds; as the Hammers have failed to find the net in half of their last 10 Premier League games.
Their record is particularly poor in front of goal against the Premier League’s ‘big 7‘.
This dismal recent run has seen the Hammers draw blanks against Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal.
Injuries haven’t helped either
Fitness problems in Bilic’s squad go way beyond Andy Carroll.
The Hammers target man is injured yet again, but also joined on the shelf by Michail Antonio, who recently returned; plus the likes of Cheikhou Kouyate in midfield and Manuel Lanzini off the front.
Argentina international Lanzini has been a particular miss at the start of this term, as he has four of West Ham’s 17 league goals. Both he and Kouyate could return to Premier League action at St James’ Park, however.
Last season’s top scorer Antonio returning to action is a plus, though Andre Ayew scored the most goals in the last 16 games with five.
Bilic and the board’s move to sign Javier Hernandez was made with the intention of addressing the problem up front.
As a proven Premier League performer, the Mexico poacher has already struck twice this term – albeit in vain as Southampton beat the Hammers 3-2.
It’s also the defence that is letting West Ham and Bilic down.
Joe Hart has conceded seven league goals since signing on loan from Manchester City, who don’t want the England goalie anymore.
A change in goal hasn’t improved on a poor clean sheet record, with West Ham shutting the opposition out just five times in 20 games across all competitions since mid-January.
There are issues aplenty for Bilic, then. If he can’t address them, then the Hammers may need a new manager.
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