Odds slashed on Conte being sacked by Chelsea hierarchy

Odds slashed on Conte being sacked by Chelsea hierarchy

Chelsea's season went from bad to worse at Vicarage Road last night and Conte's future is now in the balance.

Pressure has been building on Antonio Conte for a few weeks now, with unsatisfactory results and rumblings of discontent between the Italian and the Stamford Bridge board.

Things took a turn for the worse again last night however, in what could be a watershed moment in Conte’s career at Chelsea. He is now the heavy 1/8 favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave their post, having been 2/1 before the 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road.

That’s been driven by a huge 90% of bets being placed on the Chelsea manager in the last 24 hours through Oddschecker.

If Conte is to leave over the next couple of days, it would be fitting that the performance of Tiémoué Bakayoko had a direct impact on the decision having topped off a miserable first season in the Premier League by getting sent off at Watford.

Southampton’s upturn in performances and win over West Brom has pushed Conte even further ahead in the sack race, with Pellegrino now best price 6/1 and Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez at 8/1.

Oddschecker spokesperson, George Elek: "The speculation surrounding Antonio Conte's future has been building for weeks and last night's result has seen punters pile into more misery for the Italian.

"Given the high volume of bets placed on his sacking it will be no surprise to see Roman Abramovich end his stint at the club having won the Premier League only last season."