Hughes Odds-on in Sack Race

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: November 5 2012, 9:17 GMT

Mark Hughes has gone odds-on in the Premier League 'sack race' after his QPR side made it 10 games without a win in the league this season.

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Sky Bet are 8/11 from a pre-match 11/8 and Ladbrokes into 8/11 from evens about Hughes in the market following the R's 1-1 draw with fellow winless club Reading on Sunday. BetVictor and Paddy Power offer 10/11.

Hughes is under pressure having spent plenty of money during the summer, signing a host of players who have so far failed to produce results and for the second season running they now look set for a battle against the drop.

In contrast, Reading boss Brian McDermott is 33/1 to go next with Sky Bet and Stan James with much lower expectations at the Madejski Stadium.

Jessica Bridge, of Ladbrokes, said: "QPR spent big in the summer but it's yet to pay dividends and seemingly Hughes is a dead man walking."

Sky Bet football trader Chris Spicer added: "We actually went 1/2 for Hughes to be the first Premier League boss to go as the Hoops trailed at half-time with a defeat leaving them rooted to the foot of the table.

"(Djibril) Cisse's leveller may well have bought him some more time, but a failure to pick up a first win in their crucial upcoming clashes with Stoke and Southampton would surely prompt the board to make their move.

"Harry Redknapp looks to be the perfect replacement given his fine work coming in to turn the fortunes of Tottenham's underperforming squad, and we make QPR 1/2 favourites to be the next club he manages."

Ladbrokes offer just evens that he has left the club by Christmas.

William Hill have a slightly different market. They go 11/8 that Hughes has left by the end of the year. He's 6/4 to depart Loftus Road at any point in 2013.

Hill's make Reading more likely to win before QPR do. QPR are evens to win first with Reading 8/11.

Reading were actually pushed out - to a general 8/11 - in the relegation market following the draw. They are now four points from a position of safety with Aston Villa having won on Saturday.

QPR, a point worse off than the Royals, were cut for the drop but the bookies still expect them to survive.

They are a best of 2/1 with Boylesports to slip back in to the Championship.

Southampton, who play West Brom on Monday, and Norwich, 1-0 winners over Stoke on Saturday, are currently rated more likely to go down.

Having slipped to the bottom of the table thanks to QPR's point, the Saints are general 8/13 shots for the drop with the Canaries 11/8 on Ladbrokes.