Pressure is building on Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane after two shock defeats in the last week and defeat in this Saturday's El Clasico would leave the Frenchman in a bad spot in his second spell in charge at the Bernabeu.
Real lost for the first time in La Liga last weekend to new boys Cadiz and followed that up with a shock defeat at home to a Covid-hit Shakhtar Donetsk side in the Champions League in midweek, putting Zidane's future under the microscope.
The last thing Real need right now is a trip to bitter rivals Barcelona and a bad defeat at the Camp Nou could spell the end for Zidane, with bookmakers pricing up former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and current Real Madrid reserve team manager Raul as the two main candidates to succeed Zidane.
Free agent Pochettino is the current 7/4 favourite with Paddy Power and Betfair to take over from Zidane and the Argentine has never hidden his desire that he would like the opportunity to take one of world football's most prestigious jobs.
Pochettino has been out of work since leaving Tottenham last November and he is always among the leading candidates when top jobs become available following his impressive spell in charge at Spurs.
Real Madrid legend Raul is the second favourite at 7/2 with Paddy Power and Betfair and he would be a popular choice among Los Blancos fans if the club decide to part company with Zidane.
The former Real Madrid captain, who won 16 trophies for the club in 16 seasons, is proving to be an attractive proposition for punters as Real president Florentino Perez would ideally prefer to promote from within and give the job to a club icon. His odds have been cut from 10/1 since Madrid's defeat to Shakhtar.
Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri comes next in the betting at 15/2 and the Italian boasts an impressive CV amid successful spells in charge of AC Milan and Juventus, plus the fact he is now out of work would suit Real as they would not have to pay out big to prise him away from another club.
Guti, another Real Madrid legend, is a 9/1 shot with Paddy Power and Betfair to replace Zidane having spent 15 years with the club as a player and also having managed the Real youth team for five seasons.
Belgium's Spanish coach Roberto Martinez, Germany chief Joachim Low and former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger are all rated as 12/1 shots with the bookies to take over at the Bernabeu.
Meanwhile, former Real players Xabi Alonso and Fernando Hierro are priced at 20/1 for the job, while current Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is as big as 25/1 to make a shock return to the Spanish capital.