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.

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Liverpool v Napoli

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  • Napoli have not lost by more than one goal in any of their last six Champions League away games
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Liverpool need a two-goal victory to be certain of qualification for the last 16 but they may fall short against Napoli.Defeat for Paris St-Germain against Red Star would aid the Reds’ cause – they would progress with any victory over Italians. However, Napoli, are lethal on the counter and Liverpool face a fight.

 

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