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Livingston v Celtic Odds and Preview – Scottish Premiership Football Betting November 11

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Four successive victories and 15 goals scored suggest Celtic are firmly back on track and it's surely only a matter of time before they are cresting the summit again in the Scottish Premiership. Livingston have beaten Rangers at Almondvale this season but it is surely asking too much of Gary Holt's side to repeat the trick against the other of the Glasgow giants given their appalling record against Celtic in the league.

Livingston Form

Livi were unbeaten in eight games in the Premiership prior to losing at home St Johnstone earlier this month. Unfortunately, they followed that up with another 1-0 defeat at Hamilton last week and playing Celtic just as you've lost form in not ideal. To their credit, they've acquitted themselves quite well back in the top flight after gaining promotion via the play-off at the end of last season. The fact that they have been able to put distance between themselves and the relegation places is down to a solid defence which has conceded just seven goals in 11 matches - only Celtic have conceded fewer. The resilience of their back three, usually well marshalled by Declan Gallagher, will be tested by the visitors this weekend but don't expect them to buckle just because they are playing Celtic.

Celtic Form

Celtic have won each of their last five matches in the league, scoring four or more goals in their last four. Ryan Christie and James Forrest are both in flying form and Tom Rogic has also been scoring goals and providing plenty of assists. The Bhoys will be buoyant after Thursday's Europa League victory over Leipzig in which Odsonne Edouard scored again and it bodes well for the long-term future of the club that Brendan Rodgers has found a way of playing that doesn't rely on talisman Scott Brown, who remains on the sidelines. Celtic should dominate possession at Livingston but may have to be patient in their approach and this may not be a romp as in recent domestic matches.

Livingston v Celtic Head-to-Heads

Livingston have never beaten Celtic and have lost 16 matches in a row since drawing 0-0 in 2001. The champions have scored two or more goals )22 in total) in each of their last seven visits to Almondvale in the Scottish Premiership, keeping five clean sheets in their last six games against Livingston on the road.

Livingston v Celtic Current Best Odds

Livingston 16/1, Draw 11/2, Celtic 2/9 (Odds correct at 11am November 9)

Livingston v Celtic Predictions

Celtic are impossible to oppose as they bid to rack up another victory to heap further pressure on those around them but not worth backing in the outright betting. However, scoring goals doesn't come easy to Livingston so Rodgers' team must be worth a bet to Win To Nil at 5/6 with BetVictor. The same firm off 5/1 for 0-2 in the Correct Score betting with 0-3 priced up at 13/2.

St Mirren v Rangers Odds and Preview – Scottish Premiership Betting November 3

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Having only played on Wednesday evening, St Mirren and Rangers have had only a short time to prepare for this Saturday lunchtime kick-off. Some of the Rangers' players with becoming more familiar than soap stars as this is the fourth match in five in front of the TV cameras. They've won just one of their last five but that was a Premiership fixture away from home and any mini-slump pales into insignificance compared to the Buddies' run of six successive defeats.

St Mirren Form

Since beating Dundee in their first game of the Premiership season, St Mirren have gone 10 games without a win and have only managed one draw in that time. Surprisingly that came against Celtic but goal-scoring has become a real problem for Oran Kearney's team. They've managed just five in the league so far and the new manager is still awaiting a first victory. It's only because Dundee have been equally as poor that they've managed to avoid dropping to the foot of the table so far - only the Dark Blues have a worse goal difference. The Paisley side are clearly struggling to cope with their return to the top flight and it already looks as though it's going to be a long season.

Rangers Form

Steven Gerrard's team drew against high-flying Kilmarnock on Wednesday and the Killies are a much better side than St Mirren. It is a worry that the Gers have won just once away from Ibrox this season and they were flattered by the score-line in that fixture but their fans will be generally pleased with the progress made under the former England midfielder. That said, Gerrard wasn't entirely satisfied with his team's reaction against Kilmarnock after losing their Betfred Cup semi-final against Aberdeen just three days earlier. They have, however, conceded just six times in their last nine matches in all competitions so are generally keeping the back door shut.

St Mirren v Rangers Head-to-Heads

St Mirren have only beaten Rangers once in their last 18 meetings and the Glasgow giants have won 68 of their previous 126 matches at St Mirren Park. Both teams have scored in six of their last seven meetings in the league.

St Mirren v Rangers Current Best Odds

St Mirren 11/1, Draw 9/2, Rangers 1/3

St Mirren v Rangers Predictions

Rangers heavy workload is certain to take its toll at some point but probably against better opposition than St Mirren. The Buddies' weak attack comes up against one of the Premiership's most resilient defences and it's difficult to see the home side making much of an impact. Rangers to Win To Nil is Evens with BetVictor and they are 3/1 with Boylesports to win by two goals.

Next Real Madrid Manager Betting – European Football Odds

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It's not been a great six months for Julen Lopetegui. Sacked as coach of the Spanish national side on the eve of the World Cup after he revealed he was leaving the post to become manager of Real Madrid, the 52-year-old has lasted just 14 matches in charge of the European champions. He was fired after Real suffered humiliation in Sunday's El Clasico, losing 5-1 to Barcelona. Real have failed to win in the league since beating Espanyol on September 22, losing to Sevilla, Alaves, Levante and drawing the Madrid derby with Atletico. Lopetegui has overseen the departure of one of the club's greatest-ever players in his time at the club - Cristiano Ronaldo - and has somehow turned a team of world-beaters into also-rans within the space of a few weeks. The former Porto boss was always on a hiding to nothing replacing club legend Zinedine Zidane but their fall from grace has still come as a shock. They are currently only ninth in the Primera Liga after their worst start to a league season in decades - Lopetegui's tenure also saw the worst goal drought in the famous club's history, unimaginable considering they have players like Gareth Bale and Luka Modric among their forwards. Santiago Solari, who is reportedly Real Madrid's preferred candidate to replace Lopetegui permanently, has been placed in temporary charge. The former Argentina midfielder, 42, who played for Real Madrid in the early 2000s and helped the team win the 2002 Champions League, also played for Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan and has been coaching Real Madrid's B team since 2016, taking over not long after Zidane left to coach the first-team squad. Solari is a best 8/11 with BetVictor to get the job on a permanent basis but due diligence has to be seen to be undertaken at the Santiago Bernebeu and that has allowed bookmakers to form a market with several English-based coaches prominent in the betting. Antonio Conte, recently of Chelsea, is a best 7/2 while current Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is only 4/1 with Coral. Pochettino was criticised over the summer for failing to add any big-money signings to the Spurs squad and they are already playing catch-up in the Premier League. Still forced to play their home matches at Wembley, the Londoners have little chance of progressing in the Champions League this season and there is frustration on the terraces. You would imagine a change of scenery and warmer weather would appeal to Pochettino. Arsene Wenger is 12/1 with BetVictor to make the Bernebeu the next stop off on his journey.

Next Real Madrid Manager Current Best Odds

Santiago Solari 8/11 Antonio Conte 7/2 Mauricio Pochettino 4/1 Roberto Martinez 10/1 Arsene Wenger 12/1 Guti 25/1 Jose Mourinho 40/1 Didier Deschamps 50/1 Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc, Joachim Low, Carlo Ancelotti and Xabi Alonso 66/1 (Odds Correct at 10.00am October 30)

Celtic v Hearts Odds and Preview – Betfred Cup Semi-Final Betting

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The top two in the Premiership meet in the first of this weekend's Betfred Cup semi-finals at Murrayfield on Sunday and it should be a keenly-fought contest. The Jam Tarts have already beaten the Hoops in the Scottish Premiership this season and have surprised everyone by opening up a gap at the top of the table. It would be a big statement if they also knocked Brendan Rodgers' team out of one of the season's big cup competitions and they have had more than a week to prepare whereas the holders were playing, and losing, in Germany on Thursday. Could this be another occasion which suggests the monopoly of the Glasgow giants is about to be broken?

Celtic Form

Though Celtic have fallen a little short of their own very high standards so far this season, there is still plenty of time to reassert their dominance. However, the general 8/13 for the Bhoys to get back on track against an in-form team in Hearts looks very poor value. Well beaten in Leipzig on Thursday, Celtic will welcome back James Forrest into the fold but are still likely to be missing several key players. Captain Scott Brown will definitely be watching from the stands and neither top scorer Leigh Griffiths nor Austrian international midfielder Tom Rogic are likely to be risked.  It's true that Rodgers' team have scored 10 goals in their last two Premiership matches but they are up against a better-organised side this weekend and will not find it easy.

Hearts Form

Hearts have only lost once so far this season, a 3-1 reverse against Rangers at Ibrox, and the decision to switch their semi-final to Murrayfield should boost the number of their fans inside the stadium. The Edinburgh side have won four of their last five in the league but it remains to be seen if they can cope long-term with serious injuries to striker Uche Ikpeazu and defender John Souttar. Scotland's Steven Naismith continues in excellent form, however, and Craig Levein's team have already kept eight clean sheets this season. They are in confident mood looking to reach a first League Cup Final since 2013.

Celtic v Hearts Head-to-Heads

Hearts have won only 12 of their 62 matches against Celtic dating back to 2004 with nine ending in draws. However, they have won the last two meetings between the sides played in Edinburgh, both to nil. There have been no draws between the teams since 2015.

Celtic v Hearts Current Best Odds

Celtic 8/13, Draw 3/1, Hearts 17/4 (Odds Correct at 11.00am October 26)

Celtic v Hearts Predictions

Both teams arrive with an almost identical recent record in the league. Celtic's short odds are based more on reputation that fact, however. and Hearts are unlikely to be affected by the fear factor that often hampers the opposition in big games against the Glasgow side. Celtic's injury problems and busy schedule make this a tough game to call. Hearts have problems as well but seem to have a good team spirit and confidence in their abilities. It would be no surprise if this first semi-final gave TV schedulers a few anxious moments as it could go all the way to extra time and even penalties. The draw is 3/1 with BetVictor, who are also among those offering best odds on a Hearts win and a correct score of 1-1 after 90 minutes. Under 2.5 Total Goals is Evens with several bookmakers.

Hamilton Academical v Rangers Odds and Predictions – Scottish Premiership October 21

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Despite having only won one of their last six matches, the Accies are only three places below Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table going into Sunday's clash at New Douglas Park and the Gers are just five points off the pace. A couple of victories can move you quickly up the standings but the only wins that Martin Canning's side have picked up this season have come against teams below them in the table and Steven Gerrard's team have bounced back well from their defeat at Livingstone last month to beat Rapid Vienna in the Europa League and top-of-the-table Hearts at Ibrox.

Hamilton Form

Not one of Hamilton's last 18 matches in the Scottish Premiership has finished all-square and that should be enough to frighten most punters off a backing the draw (a best 43/10 with Unibet). Of those 18 matches, the Accies have won just three. Mickel Miller, signed this year from non-league football in England, has been their most productive striker this season but missed both of their last two matches before the international break, defeats against Dundee and at Hibernian in which they failed to find the net. Goalkeeper Gary Woods is having a particularly tough time of it at the moment and could be in for a busy afternoon against Rangers who, with their big following, are probably not the ideal opposition against which to try and end a barren spell.

Rangers Form

Rangers form away form Ibrox continues to perplex Steven Gerrard as only two of their 11 wins in all competitions under the rookie manager have come on the road - they are one of only two teams in the Scottish Premiership yet to register an away win. However, they do appear to have goals in them throughout the side (they were the second-highest scorers in the league after Hibernian before this weekend), though will be missing Kyle Lafferty after Northern Ireland invoked a rule which says he can't play for his club within five days of pulling out of an international squad through injury.

Hamilton v Rangers Head To Head

Hamilton have only won one and drawn one of their last 15 meetings with Rangers. They've conceded 13 times in the last four with Rangers winning all eight of their preview visits to South Lanarkshire by an aggregate of 19-7.

Hamilton v Rangers Current Best Odds

Hamilton 10/1, Draw 43/10, Rangers 4/11 (Odds Correct at 4.20pm October 18)

Hamilton v Rangers Predictions

Rangers are in much better form than their hosts and their style of football under Gerrard should be suited to the artificial surface at New Douglas Park. They look a good bet to improve their so-far modest record on the road this season with a comfortable victory and last season's three meetings between the sides produced an average of five goals. Over 4.5 Total Goals is 9/2 this weekend with BetVictor. Alfredo Morelos is Evens to be an Anytime Goalscorer and Rangers can be backed at 13/5 on the Handicap minus two goals.

Sunderland v Charlton Athletic Betting Preview – League 1 August 4

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The 49,000-seater Stadium Of Light has staged England internationals but never League 1 football. But, after back-to-back relegations, Mackems' fans are facing a reality check as their team begin life in the third tier against Charlton Athletic, who should provide a stiff test having reached the play-offs last season.

Sunderland News

New Sunderland owners have brought in the SFA's Manager Of The Year Jack Ross to replace the sacked Chris Coleman and he's brought in several players with League 1 experience and others who have played at a higher level to ensure the Black Cats are promoted back to the Championship at the first time of asking. Goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin and centre-back Glenn Loovens both played in the Championship last season with Burton and Sheffield Wednesday respectively. Another former Owl, Chris Maguire, will be asked to provide the craft in midfield where he will alongside new skipper George Honeyman. Charlie Wyke returns to the north-east having been top scorer at Bradford last season and he'll be expected to score the goals. Sunderland's financial clout could see them storm League 1 as Wigan and Blackburn did last season but owners and manager will need to turnaround several seasons of downturn and it may not happen immediately.

Charlton News

The Addicks' final 10 games of last season saw a return of 19 points and they crept into the top six only to lose both legs of their play-off semi-final with Shrewsbury. Lee Bowyer has now had a whole summer to re-evaluate his squad and has found a younger like-for-like replacement for the now-departed Josh Magennis in the shape of Lyle Taylor, top scorer last season with AFC Wimbledon. The experienced Darren Pratley has been brought in to partner Jake Forster-Caskey in midfield but the Londoners will be hit hard by the loss of Ben Amos, Jay Dasilva and Sullay Kaikai, who have all returned to their parent clubs. Centre-half Ezri Konsa has moved to Brentford and Ahmed Kashi has also left so it may be a while Charlton find the right formula this term.

Sunderland v Charlton Head-to-Heads

There have been few previous meetings between these two sides but Charlton did the double over Sunderland when they met in the Premier League in 2005.

Sunderland v Charlton Current Best Odds

Sunderland 19/20 Draw 5/2 Charlton 18/5 (Odds Correct at 3.15pm August 3rd)

Sunderland v Charlton Predictions

An early win for Sunderland in League 1 is important to get their long-suffering fans back on board after the trauma of the last two seasons, even though it's not so vital in the grand scheme of things. It will take a while for Charlie Wyke to get on the same wavelengths as his new team-mates and Charlton proved hard to beat under Bowyer at the end of last season. BetVictor are among several bookmakers offering 5/2 that this opening game in the league ends in a draw and they are also best odds about a Sunderland win. Under 2.5 Total Goals may also be a decent bet at 6/5 with BetVictor.

League 2 Play-Offs Odds and Preview – Football Betting

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So we arrive at that time of year when the hard work over 46 games can be thrown away with one moment of indecision or indiscipline. Down the years, the lottery of promotion has been determined in the most unlikely of scenarios. Even as far down the scale as League 2 and the National League, promotion can be a life-saver and revive club's fortunes and fans of COVENTRY CITY are probably still pinching themselves that their team is involved in the play-offs.

The Sky Blues finished sixth in League 2 and it's the first time in almost 50 years that thy have finished in the top six of any division. It's only the fourth time that they've finished in the top 10 since winning the FA Cup 31 years ago, though 31 of the last 49 years have been spent in the top flight so fans have less to complain about than most other teams in League 2.

Mark Robins is in his second spell as Coventry manager and is looking to lead his side back to the third tier at the first time of asking. Promotion would halt the downward spiral which has enveloped the club in the last few years but the League 2 play-offs really do look almost too close to call.

All the teams finished the regular season in similar form and only five points separated fourth from seventh in the final reckoning. Coventry are a best 5/2 with BetVictor, the same odds as LINCOLN CITY. You won't get bigger than the 10/3 with Betfred about NOTTS COUNTY. EXETER CITY, who accumulated more points than their three rivals, are a general 3/1. The Grecians won most games of the quartet (24). Coventry lost 15 times in the regular season, one more than Exeter. (Odds correct at 10.00am May 9)

Looking at the profile of Lincoln City, you would have to say that, if any team were equipped for play-off success, it would be the Imps. As a National League side, they reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last year. They won the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley earlier this year in their first season back in the EFL and there was almost an air of inevitably that they would make the play-offs. That said, they were involved in the same in League 2 five years in succession between 2003 and 2007 but failed to progress.

Lincoln took a while to adjust to the demands of League 2 football at the start of the season and that probably cost them a chance of automatic promotion. But they have goals in them and can batten down the hatches when required. Notts County and Exeter are both capable of off-days in defence and Coventry may not have the mental toughness for three make-or-break matches in succession so the Imps look the best bet in the League 2 play-offs, though would need to strengthen and refine their style of play to hold their own at a higher level if successful.


Scunthorpe United v Plymouth Argyle Betting Preview – League 1 May 1

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The final two play-off places in League 1 this season rests between three teams and both Scunthorpe United and Plymouth Argyle know victory at Glanford Park in their penultimate match with keep alive their hopes of Championship football next season. United are currently two points ahead of their opponents so are in pole position, though this is a game they dare not lose.

Scunthorpe Form

The Iron suffered a mid-season blip which cost manager Graham Alexander his job been they've staged a recovery under interim manager Nicky Daws and are on a three-game winning streak. Those victories were all achieved without conceding a goal but they have struggled to score goals at home lately, dropping unexpected points since the turn of the year against relegation-threatened sides like Oldham, Rochdale and Northampton. Given there is so much at stake in their clash with Argyle, it is unlikely that United will go gung-ho in their attempt to secure the win that would ensure their play-off place as this is a match that the visitors realistically have to take three points from if they are to keep their fate in their own hands. There have only been 10 goals in Scunthorpe's last six matches with Daws believing a solid defence is the keystone to success and under 2.5 Total Goals is 10/11 with Betfred - a tight match is envisaged.

Plymouth Form

The Pilgrims have done remarkably well to find themselves in the position they are in as they looked dead and buried at the onset of winter after a terrible start to their first season back in League 1. Disciplinary problems blighted them at the srat of the campaign and they rarely finished a match with a full compliment of players but Derek Adams read the riot act and the board kept faith with the Scot to turn things around. He's done that is spectacular fashion and in Graham Carey they have a goalscoring midfielder who is probably capable of playing at a higher level. However, all that effort has begun to take its toll. They have taken just one point from a possible six in recent away games at Northampton and Rochdale, though their home form has remained strong and they beat fourth-placed Rotherham at the weekend. Just getting a positive result at Scunthorpe will not be easy, however, and a win (a general 7/2) looks a big ask given they will have to go again at Gillingham on Saturday, regardless of tonight's outcome.

Scunthorpe v Plymouth Head-to-Heads

Scunthorpe won 4-0 at Home Park back in August and have now won their last four meetings with Plymouth. There have been no draws between the two sides in their last eight meetings, with Argyle only winning two.

Scunthorpe v Plymouth Current Best Odds

Scunthorpe 5/6, Draw 11/4, Plymouth 7/2 (Odds correct at 1.40pm April 30)

Scunthorpe v Plymouth Predictions

Though draws have been rare between these sides in modern times, a point would probably suit the home side and Plymouth have not been at their best on their travels lately. Betvictor are offering 11/4 that this crucial match ends all-square and have priced up a 1-1 correct score at 13/2.

Next Southampton Manager Odds – Football Betting

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If reports, and the betting, are to be believed then it's a two-horse race to replace Mauricio Pellegrino at Southampton manager. The Saints are sinking faster than a stool pigeon in a concrete overcoat having won just one of their last 17 matches in the Premier League. Saturday's comprehensive defeat at relegation rivals Newcastle United was the final straw for Southampton's owners, who are looking at a major loss of revenue if the south coast club slip back into the Championship. But some are questioning whether it was the right time to sack their Argentinian coach. There is no opportunity for any new manager to refresh the squad and the 'go-to' manager when Premier League teams are in trouble - Sam Allardyce - already has a job. Of course, it's not too late to stop the rot but other sides near the bottom are grinding out results and, if there isn't immediate improvement, the fat lady will soon be exercising her vocal chords. Mark Hughes is the man most Saints' fans seem to want to arrest their slide. The former Stoke and Manchester City played more than 50 games for Southampton in a two-year spell at the club at the end of his playing career. He's also managed Blackburn, Fulham and QPR and is available - you don't want to have to pay another club compensation if you're about to lose a big chunk of cash. The Welshman is only a best 1/5 with BetVictor to be the Next Southampton Manager and the same firm are best odds on the only other man at single figure odds - Marco Silva. Sacked by Watford when he was linked with the Everton job earlier this season, the Portuguese coach has experience of a Premier League battle having almost managed to save Hull City last season. He's been linked with Southampton since their poor run began but has now been usurped in the betting by Hughes. Slaven Bilic, sacked by West Ham in November, and another former Saints favourite, Gordon Strachan, have also been introduced into the betting by BetVictor while Graham Potter, who masterminded a Europa League second-leg victory over Arsenal with Swedish minnows Ostersunds, is 16/1.

Next Southampton Manager BetVictor Odds

Mark Hughes 1/5, Marco Silva 4/1, Eddie Howe and Gordon Strachan 10/1, Thomas Tuchel 14/1, Slaven Bilic and Graham Potter 16/1, Kelvin Davis 20/1

Next Leeds Manager Betting – Football Odds

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I am old enough to remember there being outrage when Leeds United sacked Brian Clough after just 44 days in charge. 'Cloughie' had gone into Elland Road determined to erase the legacy and playing style of the much-loved Don Revie but was ousted by player power. Ironically, that great Leeds team of the Seventies broke up shortly after and, though staging a revival in the Nineties, the West Yorkshire club seem to have found their natural level again in the Championship, though not one United fan would agree with that statement. Nowadays, it's more likely the club's owner, rather than the players, will swing the axe and that's just what Andrea Radrizzani has done to Thomas Christiansen. The Dane only signed a two-year contract last June but he's become the seventh coach in four years to lose his job. Leeds were top of the table at the start of the season but have lost five of their seven matches since winning on Boxing Day and have slipped out of play-off contention. Heaven forbid, an experienced manager should be given time to turn things around, instead the owner will look for a quick appointment in the hope that a new face can spark a revival. Ironically, former manager Simon Grayson is believed to be on the Leeds' short-list. He was in charge for four years until 2012 and there have been 10 different rear ends in the hot seat since. Grayson, sacked by Sunderland in October after a successful spell at Preston, is 5/1 with BetVictor to be Next Leeds Manager but it may be significant that Steve McClaren was in the VIP box at Elland Road on Saturday to watch the death throes of Christiansen in a 4-1 defeat by Cardiff. McClaren's managerial career hasn't had many highlights since he was sacked by England, however, and United's directors might wish for a younger coach. Paul Heckingbottom (8/1 with BetVictor) has done a sterling job on limited resources at Barnsley and may fancy his chances of more success with a bigger budget. But he's just signed a new rolling contract at Oakwell so wouldn't come cheap. Gordon Strachan would be a popular choice given he's now out of work after ending his association with the Scotland squad. He's a club legend and is now only a best 2/1, at the time of writing, to return to Elland Road. But, realistically, he'd be performing miracles if he could get United back into the top six before the end of the season and who knows if that would be construed as failure by the club's eccentric hierarchy.

Next Leeds Manager BetVictor Odds

Steve McClaren Evens, Gordon Strachan 2/1, Simon Grayson 5/1, Marco Silva 7/1, Paul Heckingbottom and Paul Clement 8/1, Jaap Stam 10/1, Nigel Pearson and Juande Ramos 16/1, Fernando Hierro, Frank De Boer and Mick McCarthy 25/1