Spurs boss Pochettino backed for Real hotseat

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is a best-priced 7-2 to be the next Real Madrid manager after bookmakers reported significant support for the Argentinian to replace Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked on Monday night.

Available at double-figure odds last week, Pochettino is as short as 5-4 to take the reins at the Bernabeu and a best-priced 7-2.

Caretaker Santiago Solari remains favourite to take the role on a permanent basis but has eased in the market to 9-4 with Betway, having been as short as 4-7 yesterday morning.

Belgian national team boss Roberto Martinez is another to have come in for support at 5-1 but early favourite Antonio Conte is easy to back.

The former Chelsea manager was 1-20 at one stage on Monday but is now as big as 5-1.

Match in Focus


England v Croatia

Home WinDrawAway Win
Key stats
  • England have won four of their last five home matches
Expert verdict
This World Cup semi-final rematch is about much more than revenge for England with both teams knowing a Wembley win will take them through to next summer's Nations League knockout phase. England look to have stepped up a gear since last summer's World Cup loss to Croatia, beating Spain in Seville, and can continue their upward trajectory.



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