Paul Lambert and Leicester among Premier League market movers
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has seen his odds with Coral to be the next Premier League boss to leave his job more than halved, as the West Midlands outfit threw away an early lead to lose at home to Tottenham.
Scottish coach Lambert was a 7/1 shot prior to that defeat, but is now a 10/3 chance to be clearing his desk at Villa. QPR manager Harry Redknapp remains the 7/4 favourite in the market often coined as the sack race, while Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew can breathe easy as he is now way out at 25/1.
Despite the upturn in form of Hoops frontman Charlie Austin, Redknapp’s team remain deep in relegation mire following a west London derby defeat by odds-on 1/3 Premier League title favourites Chelsea. QPR are 5/6 for the drop, second only to basement side Burnley (1/8).
Elsewhere at the wrong end, Leicester City are now 5/2 (from 4/1) to go down following a five-match winless run, including three straight defeats. Nigel Pearson’s Foxes were downed by an unfortunate Esteban Cambiasso own goal against West Bromwich Albion, who have moved out to 4/1 in that market ahead of struggling neighbours Villa (3/1).
Alexis Sanchez’s hot streak of four goals in two games for Arsenal has seen his price to be Premier League leading marksman cut in half. The Chilean was a 25/1 chance just a few days ago, but another brace against Burnley has resulted in him being offered now at 12/1.
Sergio Aguero, meanwhile, struck a Manchester derby winner for 7/2 title chances Man City. The Argentina attacker is now an outright 5/4 favourite to be top scorer, having moved ahead of Diego Costa (9/5).
Having lost the derby to City, Manchester United are 40/1 to wrest the Premier League crown back, and the injury crisis in defence shows no signs of abating for Louis van Gaal. Marcos Rojo was stretchered off at the Etihad, while Chris Smalling will miss the Red Devils’ next outing through suspension.
United are now odds-on at 4/5 (from 4/6) for a top four finish, with high-flying Southampton cut to 3/1 (from 9/2) in that market as Ronald Koeman sees his stock continue to rise during a maiden campaign coaching in England.