Stoke v West Brom - Could the losing manager be on his way out?

Stoke v West Brom - Could the losing manager be on his way out?

The second and third favourites for the sack go head to head on Saturday afternoon, with the loser possibly paying with his job.

It's been quite a couple of weeks in the Premier League sack race. Tony Pulis was the favourite two weeks ago, amid speculation of disagreements with the chairman over transfer policy and an uninspiring start to the season. A 4-2 win over West Ham pushed his odds out to 4/1 to leave his job and seemingly settled things down at the Hawthorns.

With supporter unrest persisting over their team's playing style under Pulis, it seems like it wouldn't take much for either side to decide they've had enough of the other.

This weekend, West Brom come up against a team that have had an even worse start to the season, with Stoke bottom of the table with one point from five games. In those five matches they've also conceded 14 goals, one more than West Ham.

As a result, Mark Hughes started the week as favourite for the sack and a bad result at home to West Brom could be enough to seal his fate. The reason he is not favourite at odds of 2/1 is because Francesco Guidolin is also facing unrest at Swansea and with the Swans taking on Man City and Liverpool in their next two fixtures, he looks the more likely at 5/4.

Should Stoke lose against West Brom that would be perceived as far worse than losing to Guardiola's city and could mean the end of Mark Hughes' tenure. Equally, if West Brom don't score goals and get a result against a team that has conceded 14 goals already this season that could mean Pulis and West Brom parting ways early next week.

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