The situation isnot looking great for David Moyes, the current manager of Sunderland in English Premier League football. His side currently sits in bottom position in the 20-team league with just two points in the standings through eight matches. On Saturday, Sunderland look as though they could lose or draw another one as they are large underdogs againstWest Ham United.

Sunderland vs. West Ham United odds

On paper, the match-up doesn't really stand out as a contest that should be one sided. West Ham United are not among the league's elite as they enter their ninth match of the season in 15th position.

However, they are coming off of a win last week against Crystal Palace, a result that should give West Ham confidence going into the Sunderland match at home.

Betting odds for the match make Sunderland heavy underdogs to win straight up at 19/4 with bet365. That makes them the third-least-likely team in the Premier League to win on Saturday behind Middlesbrough and West Brom. Southampton are also major underdogs in their upcoming match against Man City, however that will be a Sunday match. The draw between Sunderland and West Ham United is priced at 61/20 with 888Sport while the latter are shorter-than-even favorites at 5/7 with William Hill.

What happens to David Moyes if they lose?

Sacking gossip is always alive and well when it comes to English football.

Peter Edwards and Jon West co-authored an article at the Express, a British website, on Saturday. The article headlines "David Moyes: Why I'm confident Sunderland won't sack me" (October 22nd, 2016). Moyes is cited: "It has not begun the way I wanted it to but I have to say that in my conversations with (the owner), I have not sensed anything.”

Could be that Ellis Short, the owner of Sunderland, has a poker face for these kinds of things.

I think for Sunderland fans you can read something into what was not said. A more refreshing statement might have been "I won't be sacked because there are some wins on the near horizon." However, maybe he couldn't say that simply because he doesn't see it that way. A more skeptical read into his comments might be that he didn't want to say that so that he's not judged on his record.

Moyes is the favorite in the next-manager-to-leave-post market with numerous sportsbooks, including Stan James (11/10). Looking at the situation he's in, he could be in major trouble not just after the West Ham United match but in the days/weeks ahead as well. After Saturday, Sunderland face Southampton in League Cup action.That should be a loss and so should a week-10 match-up against Arsenal (an under-rated team).

The West Ham United match is Moyes' last chance for a bit to get a win against a team that hasn't proven themselves to be on the stronger side so far this season. A loss on Saturday could mean that Sunderland fans have to look ahead a full month to a Hull City match-up for a reasonable shot at getting a full three points.

That will give Sunderland fans plenty of time to gripe soMoyes is by no means a lock to survive that long despite his own confidence.

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