Silva sacked by Watford after poor run

Watford have sacked Marco Silva following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Leicester despite sitting tenth in a congested Premier League table and three former Manchester City managers head the running to move into the Vicarage Road hotseat.

Sky Bet rate Manuel Pellegrini as their 6-1 favourite from 8-1 shot Roberto Mancini in a wide-open heat. Mark Hughes is only 3-1 with Coral in a messy early market which will need time to settle down.

The decision to sack Silva came as a surprise to bookmakers with the former Hull coach still odds-against with layers to be the next Premier League manager to leave his current position when the announcement was made.

However, Watford have lost eight and drawn two of their last 11 league encounters, a run which coincided with interest in Silva from Everton.

Watford are five points off the relegation spots and can be backed at 11-1 with Betway to go down.

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Real Madrid v Liverpool

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  • Real have won just one of their last four Champions League meetings against English opposition
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Real Madrid have lifted the Champions League in three of the past four seasons but they could struggle to retain their crown against a lively Liverpool. Real have been the dominant force in Europe, with last year’s 4-1 thumping of Juventus in the final in Cardiff showcasing their superiority. However, Zinedine Zidane’s men have not bumped into a front three like the Reds’ often - Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have netted 29 of their 40 Champions League goals this season - and they are vulnerable to the counter-attack.

 

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