Mark Hughes on the Brink

  • Last Updated: November 18 2012, 17:59 GMT

QPR boss Mark Hughes is now just 1/4 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post following his side's 3-1 home defeat to Southampton.

Mark Hughes is on the brink at QPR

Ladbrokes and William Hill cut their 2/7 quotes to 1/4 when Sunderland beat Fulham on Sunday, a result which eased any pressure on Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill.

"The match at Loftus Road today always had more significance than just the three points and it may just prove to be the last match of Mark Hughes' short tenure," said their spokesman Joe Crilly.

Sky Bet are of the opinion that it's simply when and not if, and agree with Stan James and BetVictor in making Harry Redknapp odds-on to be the next man in charge of QPR.

The firm's Football Trader Chris Spicer said: "We expect the board to act with QPR slipping deeper into relegation trouble after a hopeless start to the campaign.

"Hughes is clearly not getting the best out of his expensively-assembled squad and Redknapp looks the perfect candidate for the job given the way he has turned around under-performing sides previously, with Tottenham the perfect example."

Sunderland's victory has seen O'Neill drift to 40/1 with BetVictor who also make them 10/1 chances for relegation, having offered 7/1 prior to Sunday's much-needed victory.

At the opposite end of the table, Manchester United remain narrow 11/8 favourites for the title despite losing 1-0 at Norwich.

Anthony Pilkington's second-half strike gave Chris Hughton's side another high profile victory and they're out to 2/1 to be relegated with bet365.

Manchester City's demolition job on Aston Villa means they're in to 6/4 for the title with Blue Square, but Chelsea are out to 11/2 with Ladbrokes having lost at West Brom.

Arsenal moved above Tottenham after their 5-2 thrashing of their north London rivals and the Gunners are now 1/4 with William Hill to finish ahead of Spurs this season.

The visitors took an early lead at the Emirates Stadium but a mindless red card earned by Emmanuel Adebayor saw the tide turn for the hosts as they ultimately cruised to victory.

Hills now make Arsene Wenger 8/11 to outlast Andre Villas-Boas across North London with the Frenchman even money to have left Arsenal before AVB leaves Spurs.

AVB is now 6/5 to have left Spurs by the start of next season.

"Over the past 18 months, Arsene Wenger has been under more pressure than he has ever been before," said spokesman Joe Crilly.

"But such a comprehensive victory against Spurs should placate the Arsenal faithful, while at the same time heaping the pressure onto his opposite number."

Arsenal are 4/6 for a top four finish with the same firm, who offer a standout 33/1 about West Brom despite their superb victory over Chelsea.

Spurs are standout 9/2 chances with bet365, the same price Ladbrokes quote about Everton, while Liverpool can be backed at 8/1 with BetVictor.

Brendan Rodgers hailed the brace of Luis Suarez which helped Liverpool to a straightforward win against Wigan, and the Uruguayan is now just 3/1 to be the division's top goalscorer behind 9/4 favourite Robin van Persie.