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

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Man City v Everton

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  • Manchester City have not kept a clean sheet in their last four games
Expert verdict
Manchester City suffered their first league defeat of the season at Chelsea on Saturday, but don’t expect them to meet with the same fate when they host Everton at the Etihad. Despite that setback, City remain a fantastic team and it will take something special for Everton to stop the champions. But the Toffees are difficult to break down, going into half-time level in each of their last five games, and there could be value in expecting something similar. Marco Silva’s side have conceded just two goals in four games and defended well for much of the Merseyside derby before a Jordan Pickford howler.

 

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