Benitez favourite for West Ham switch

Rafa Benitez has emerged as the frontrunner for the West Ham managerial vacancy which became available when David Moyes parted company with the Londoners on Tuesday.

The Hammers have been linked with moves for Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca, who reportedly held talks with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan, and Manuel Pellegrini, the head coach of Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune.

Pellegrini touched 1-2 with Hills on Tuesday and remained prominent in the betting on Wednesday.

But Fonseca eased from a low of 4-6 to 6-1 with BoyleSports after it was reported that he had agreed a contract extension with Shakhtar.

Benitez became the third manager in two days to trade at odds-on to replace Moyes, shortening to 4-5 with Sky Bet, but he would have to negotiate an exit from Newcastle, where he has been manager since March 2016.

Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann had his backers, shortening from 10-1 to 7-1 with Coral and Ladbrokes, and Unai Emery, approaching the end of his tenure at Paris St-Germain, is a 14-1 chance.

Match in Focus


Villarreal v Sociedad

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Sociedad have scored two goals in their last seven away league games
Expert verdict
An untimely injury to Juanmi leaves Sociedad looking light in attack as they had for Villarreal. New Sociedad boss Asier Garitano has had to deal with a number of injuries and departures and they could struggle early on. They may well struggle on the road anyway having won just one of their last 15 road trips.



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