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Premier League Betting Special: Jokanovic expected to pay the price for Fulham's dismal run


The Cottagers are bottom of the table after defeat at Huddersfield and the 50-year-old is now odds-on to be the first top-flight manager to leave

Slavisa Jokanovic is coming under increasing pressure after his Fulham side continued their losing run at relegation rivals Huddersfield Town.

The Cottagers’ boss insisted his future was in the hands of the club’s owner Shahid Khan after a Timothy Fosu-Mensah own goal handed the home side their first win of the season on Monday night.

Khan publicly backed his manager last week, although William Hill make Jokanovic their 8/11 (1.73) favourite to be the first top-flight boss to leave their post.

Without a clean sheet all season and sitting on just five points, it’s little wonder that the 50-year-old’s position is in question. Not least because his side face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, a match they’re 25/1 (26.0) to win with William Hill.

An international break follows and that can often spell bad news for managers under pressure with clubs having two weeks until their next match with which to source a replacement.

Mark Hughes is a 3/1 (4.0) shot in the market known as the “Sack Race”. Southampton have won just once all season in the top-flight and after a 6-1 hammering against Manchester City, Saints fans must be concerned about their sides’ potential for relegation this term.

Danny Ings’ penalty against the reigning champions on Sunday was the first time Southampton have scored in the Premier League since mid-September.

Premier League Betting Special: Jokanovic Expected To Pay The Price For Fulham's Dismal Run

Such a lack of firepower doesn’t bode well given that the struggling south coast club face Watford, Manchester United and Tottenham in their next four league games.

Fulham and Southampton clash on November 24 but it remains to be seen if either, or both clubs go into that game with new managers on the sidelines.

The market looks to be something of a two-horse race at this stage with double figure prices available on Jose Mourinho (10/1), Neil Warnock (10/1) and Rafael Benitez (14/1).

Mauricio Pochettino is an 8/1 (9.0) play based solely on his standing in the next Real Madrid manager market, although it seems highly unlikely that the Spurs boss is set to swap North London for Madrid at this juncture.

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