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Sam Allardyce faces the sack if West Ham slip again

By Robert Fenton

Big Sam Allardyce, not unexpectedly, was made to suffer yet again as his West Ham team took another hammering from Manchester City.

Nine goals conceded and none scored in the Capital One League Cup semi-final against City, while last Saturday's defeat by Newcastle has seen them slip back into the Premier League's relegation zone.

The major question is how much longer will Sam last at Upton Park? His odds as the next manager to be shown the door have dipped from 8/1 to 7/4 and he's only 8/11 to be in charge at the start of June.

But the bet that makes some appeal is 20/1 for him to be gone by the end of this month.

With no match this weekend due to the FA Cup, the Hammers face Chelsea next Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge where Jose Mourinho's are unbeaten and are even money (Bet 365) to maintain that run until the end of the season.

Now 13/5 for title glory following their comfortable victory over Manchester United, Chelsea, two points behind pace-setters Arsenal, will show Allardyce's side no mercy.

Another heavy defeat and Sam, teetering on the brink, is likely to be pushed.

February would appear to be a make or break month for the Eastenders with matches against Swansea City, Aston Villa, Norwich City and Southampton. Failure to take sufficient points and they are doomed, which makes 13/8 for the drop worth taking.

As for David Moyes, he needs to get some midfielders and defenders into Old Trafford before the transfer window closes. Things are just going from bad to worse for the manager with that latest League Cup horror show against Sunderland, the icing on the cake.

The capture of Juan Mata from Chelsea will help their cause, but more than Mata will be required to patch up this United side, although the return from injury of Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, may prevent the unthinkable – United finishing in the bottom half of the league.

Next week's home fixture against Cardiff City takes on monumental importance for Moyes and it's no surprise to see the Red Devils on the long finger at 6/1 for the 2015 title.

When will United next win a trophy?: 7-4 this season, 2-1 2014-15, 9-2 2015-16 and 10-3 that the drought will last for at least three seasons.

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