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Three games in to the new season and TWO Premier League managers are close to being sacked

Disastrous starts for Crystal Palace and West Ham have put Frank de Boer and Slaven Bilic in the firing line

Roll up, roll up, place your bets.

It’s a two-horse race for the coveted title of ‘first manager to be sacked of the Premier League season’ and we have two strong favourites.

First up we have Prem new boy Frank de Boer and his woeful Crystal Palace side.

Frank de Boer is under fierce pressure already after three defeats in his first three games

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Not so easy is it, this Premier League malarkey?

The Dutch gaffer arrived on these shores with a vision of the Eagles knocking it about in a manner similar to the great Ajax sides of the past.

But three losses from their first three league games has made them early relegation candidates.

A spirited performance away to Liverpool came in between disappointing home defeats to Huddersfield and Swansea, two fixtures Palace would have earmarked as three-pointers before the start of the season.

The club have yet to find the net in the league this season and the board are considering ditching De Boer sooner rather than later – just like Inter Milan did last year.

Slaven Bilic will now have to look elsewhere for a new midfielder

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A worthy adversary…

De Boer’s rival in the sack race in Slaven Bilic.

West Ham have conceded ten goals in their opening three games and have exhibited the kind of defending that would give Alan Hansen heart palpitations.

Their most recent humiliation came in the form of a 3-0 loss to Newcastle.

Rafa Benitez was under early season pressure himself before the comfortable win at St James’ Park.

Joe Hart has had much better days than he did at Old Trafford

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The World Athletics Championships’ occupation of the Olympic Stadium have meant that the Hammers have played all three of their games away from home.

Even with this slight disadvantage taken into account, West Ham have been well below par after considerable activity in the transfer window.

West Ham finished last season poorly with just two wins from their last 14 league games.

So there you have it, two contenders, whose your money on?

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