Monk 9-4 to answer Boro's prayers

GARRY MONK has been confirmed as Middlesbrough’s new manager and Hills were suitability impressed by the appointment with the Teessiders cut from 9-1 to 8-1 to win the Sky Bet Championship next season.

Monk is 9-4 with bet365 and Sky Bet to lead Boro back to the Premier League at the first attempt, although Betway still rate them as 10-1 shots for the title in a wide-open market headed by 8-1 Aston Villa.

Fellow relegated outfit Hull also filled their managerial vacancy and bet365 rate them 5-1 to gain an immediate return to the Premier League after appointing Leonid Slutsky as their new boss.

The Tigers are 16-1 to win the Championship next season with Slutsky an intriguing appointment after a successful spell in Russia.

Slutsky won three titles with CSKA Moscow and also led the national team at Euro 2016 when he combined the Russian role with his club duties.

The 46-year-old departed CSKA in December and moved to London in January with the intention of finding himself a job as well as learn the English language.

Slutsky replaces Watford’s Marco Silva and those who believe it is a risky choice can take 14-1 Hull suffer relegation.

And on a busy day for managerial news, Inter confirmed Luciano Spalletti is their new manager following his departure from Roma. Inter are 9-1 with 188Bet and Betway to claim the Serie A title next season.

Harry Kane has riled some north of the border by claiming he is aiming for a Hampden Park hat-trick against Scotland and Hills are 35-1 the England striker manages hits his target.

Wales, who are already without the suspended Gareth Bale, suffered more bad news with the confirmation that forward Hal Robson-Kanu is out of their crucial World Cup qualifier in Serbia on Sunday.

Match in Focus

17:45 We 21Feb SKY

Leganes v Real Madrid

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • La Liga games at Leganes average just 1.9 goals per game this season
Expert verdict
Despite their domestic struggles, Real Madrid have only lost one match away from home in La Liga this season and they should have too much for city rivals Leganes. The hosts knocked Los Blancos out of the Copa del Rey recently, which should spur Zinedine's Zidane's team into wanting revenge, but they might not destroy a team who have only conceded nine goals at Butarque.



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