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


Real Madrid v Levante

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  • Real Madrid have failed to score in four successive matches
Expert verdict
Real Madrid need to get back to winning ways but they may struggle to see off improving Levante, who have won their last two games, against Alaves and Getafe. Levante will be buoyed by the pair of draws they chalked up against Real last season, though this term they have the third-worst defence in La Liga.



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