Pressure Continues To Mount On Andre Villas-Boas

Sean Raymond by Sean Raymond / 24 November 2011, 10:51

Four defeats in seven matches has left Andre Villas-Boas under increasing pressure as his odds in the Next Premier League Manager Betting continue to shorten. It was not long ago the 34-year-old looked very safe at 40/1 in the betting but following Chelsea's poor run they have been slashed to just 5/1. His future has been thrown into doubt and judging by Roman Abramovich's infamous impatience Villas-Boas will need to rapidly inspire Chelsea back to winning ways otherwise he could well be out of work.

Wednesday night's last gasp defeat to Bayer Leverkusen leaves Chelsea's hopes of qualifying to the knock-out stages of the Champions League in the balance. With the German side now through, Chelsea face a crunch match at Stamford Bridge against Valencia, who thumped Genk 7-0 last night. A Chelsea win would see them qualify as would a goalless draw. With home advantage you would expect Chelsea to find a way through to the next round but recent results at the Bridge will make for an extremely nervy night on 6th December.

Chelsea's league form has also been disappointing. Three defeats in their last four matches has seen them slip to fifth, 12 points behind leaders Manchester City. The Blues have a potentially season-defining December ahead of them with important matches coming up against Newcastle, Man City and Tottenham as well as a League Cup quarter-final against Liverpool next week. Of course, it would be ridiculous if Abramovich sacked Villas-Boas, but considering the Russian's trigger-happy record it would not come as a huge surprise. Despite their recent slump Chelsea are still in every cup competition and five months is not at all long enough for a manager to transform a squad into world beaters. However, Chelsea are a big club and their fans, players and owner expect them to be winning the majority of games in which they play and at the moment results simply are not good enough.

Chelsea will now look ahead to Saturday for what would be a confidence boosting win at home to Wolves. Chelsea have lost their last two home games, conceding seven goals in the process, so Wolves will go into the match with hope of causing a big upset. However, Mick McCarthy's men have been struggling too and have picked up just one league win since the 21st August. Chelsea are the 1/4 favourites for the win with Paddy Power, while Wolves have long odds of 11/1, with a draw priced at 9/2.

All odds provided by Paddy Power.

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