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Aston Villa - ignore Mark Hughes clamour - Paul Lambert may have less time than you think

Following this weekend's Premier League results you could be forgiven for thinking the ink is all but dry on QPR boss, Mark Hughes' P45 following yet another defeat - this time at the hands of fellow strugglers Southampton. Both sides remain in the bottom three.

Despite fans in some quarters calling for Hughes to go, the support at Loftus Road continues to be solid - a fact that won't have escaped Chairman Tony Fernandez. Top bookie, BetVictor have Hughes as short as 1/7 on to be the next Premier League boss to leave his club.

Nigel Adkins has bought himself valuable breathing space with the win over QPR and the fact that he as the support of the dresssing room 110% may well see the popular figure survive the season.

Down into the drop zone go Aston Villa after a 5-0 humiliation at Champions, Manchester City. Former Norwich boss, Paul Lambert is learning the hard way that you need experience not youth in a battle and you have to wonder if the 66/1 odds about him being the first Premier League boss to leave are realistic.

If nothing, he should be 2nd or 3rd favourite. In truth the Villa Board may have been expecting a much better return from their new man in charge and the threat of relegation is not something that can be even contemplated for a side that finished in the top echelons season after season under Martin O'Neill.

Villa's fixtures are worrying - they face Arsenal at home next and then Reading - a must win game now. But on December 1st comes a real crunch - an away trip to QPR!

If Villa fail to get 3 or more points from these three fixtures the 66/1 odds may tumble. The rest of December looks tough with Stoke, Tottenham and Wigan at home and Liverpool and Chelsea away.

Top tipping expert Joe Ross from footyinsider.­co.­uk said:

'Paul Lambert may have not been at Villa long, but these are very worrying times to be a Villa fan. We could well see them in the bottom three throughout December - and we can't see Lambert surviving that. He may not be the first to go, but at 66/1 its worth taking a chance he is.'

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