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Mark Hughes odds-on to win Premier League Sack Race

Hughes retains the backing of the Coates family

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes on the touchline during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London.

Stoke City lose fourth Premier League game in a row, with Sky Bet now 10/11 that Hughes is out of a job next

Conceding four goals in a match is never going to be the way to win football matches, although that’s exactly what Stoke City did for the third time on Sunday.

Having lost 4-1 at home to Manchester City and then 4-0 against Tottenham, you might have expected the Potters to batten down the hatches against Crystal Palace although the Eagles soared and looked like winning 4-0 before Marko Arnautovic’s consolation.

Even so, Mark Hughes admitted after the match this wasn’t the start that he expected his team to experience and Sky Bet go 10/11 about the Welshman being the first Premier League manager to leave his post this season.

Hughes retains the backing of the Coates family at the bet365 Stadium for now, although a couple more defeats could have the powers-that-be seeking to make a change, with West Brom at home coming up before a trip to Old Trafford.

BetVictor offer 5/4 that Hughes wins the Sack Race and Stoke are not in the habit of chopping and changing managers, while former Potters boss Tony Pulis has drifted in this market following Saturday’s impressive 4-2 win against West Ham.

BetVictor now go 10/3 about the Welshman who looks content to remain at The Hawthorns despite a change of ownership.

The other big market mover is Slaven Bilic who has shortened to 7/1 in the Premier League Sack Race market after West Ham joined “the Stoke club” and have now started to concede four goals per match.

The Hammers have lost to Watford and West Brom in recent weeks, with Paddy Power as short as 5/1 that the London side dispense with their Croatian boss before you can say “bring Big Sam back”.

Alan Pardew is a 12/1 shot and the same odds apply to Francesco Guidolin although Swansea were so owned by Southampton on Sunday that perhaps there is some mileage in backing the Italian for the chop.

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