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Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Koeman odds-on in sack race despite Rooney's late penalty

Toffees stuck in a rut

Everton boss Ronald Koeman
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Ronald Koeman remains long odds-on to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post despite Everton rescuing a 1-1 draw at Brighton with a 90th-minute penalty from Wayne Rooney.

The result leaves the Toffees stuck in 16th place – seven points adrift of the Champions League positions and three above the drop zone.

Koeman was cut from 4-9 to 1-3 in Paddy Power’s next-manager-to-go market. West Ham gaffer Slaven Bilic is the 9-2 second favourite while Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson is a 6-1 chance.

Brighton had looked set to claim all three points after Anthony Knockaert’s 82nd-minute goal – his first of the season – but the point leaves them level on points with Everton and Stoke.

Southampton twice came from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw at home to Newcastle thanks to a double from striker Manolo Gabbiadini, who was recalled to the starting line-up.

Newcastle held leads after goals from Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez but had to settle for a draw which leaves them ninth – a point ahead of tenth-placed Saints.

Derby have been cut to 15-2 to win promotion from the Sky Bet Championship after goals from Matej Vydra and David Nugent secured a 2-0 home success over local rivals Nottingham Forest.

The Rams climbed to 13th – one place and one point above Forest, who have lost six of their last eight league games.


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The result leaves the Toffees stuck in 16th place – seven points adrift of the Champions League positions and three above the drop zone
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