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Odds cut on Villas-Boas sacking after Chelsea’s Leverkusen loss

| 24.11.2011

Andre Villas-Boas position as Chelsea boss is looking increasingly perilous after yet another disappointing evening for the Blues.

Despite leading Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 for much of the second half thanks to a Didier Drogba strike, Chelsea succumbed 2-1 to the German side thanks to strikes in the 73rd and 90th minutes from Eren Derdiyok and Manuel Friedrich respectively.

The defeat means the Blues must now either win their final game against Valencia or get a goalless draw – a score draw would see the Spaniards progress at the expense of the West London side because of their superior head-to-head record.

Chelsea are 4/11 to qualify from their group, with Valencia out at 15/8 to make it to the knockout stages.

However, there are even more immediate concerns for Villas-Boas who is now amongst the favourites to be the next Premier League manager to be axed at 4/1.

Despite revising his contract with Blackburn Rovers, Steve Kean remains the favourite at 1/1 to be out the door before any other top flight manager.

Sunderland’s Steve Bruce is 5/2 to be gone next, while Roberto Martinez is just ahead of the Chelsea chief at 3/1.

It’s been a worrying few weeks for Villas-Boas with his Chelsea side not adapting well to his philosophy of playing a high line and winning possession up the pitch.

They have lost four of their previous seven games in all competitions and have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight.

Chelsea need to improve quickly if they are to remain in the hunt for the Premier League title and desperately need the right result against Valencia on December 6.

If that doesn’t happen, then backing Villas-Boas to be on his way at 4/1 could prove to be a shrewd bet.



Richard Anderson