Ranieri returns as Fulham sack Jokanovic

Claudio Ranieri has returned to Premier League management on a multi-year contract with Fulham, replacing Slavisa Jokanovic, who was sacked in response to the Cottagers' dreadful start to the campaign.

Jokanovic steered Fulham to promotion from the Sky Bet Championship but has presided over just one victory in 12 top-flight games despite a summer transfer spend of more than £100million.

Ranieri was a title winner at Leicester in his last full season as a Premier League manager but his brief for the rest of this campaign is to steer Fulham to survival.

Fulham are two points adrift at the bottom and three points from safety. They are 4-6 to finish in the bottom three, 6-4 to stay up and 60-1 for a top-half finish.

Looking further forward, Ladbrokes make them 5,000-1 to win the Premier League in 2019-2020 – the same price Ranieri's Leicester were for their stunning success in 2015-16.

Match in Focus

15:00 Mo 27May SKY

Aston Villa v Derby

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  • Tammy Abraham has scored in five of his last seven starts for Aston Villa.
Expert verdict
Aston Villa have lost just two of their last 15 matches and valid excuses can be made for both defeats. Dean Smith made wholesale changes with the playoffs in mind for their 2-1 loss to champions Norwich on the final day, while they lost the second leg of semi-final at West Brom despite having 73 per cent possession and winning the shot count 24 to ten. They are full of confidence and should be more determined than ever after last season’s playoff final heartbreak.

 

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