Bet365 has installed former manager Jose Mourinho as the 9/4 soccer betting tips favourite to replace sacked Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge.
The west Londoners parted company with the 34-year-old former FC Porto coach on Sunday off the back of a miserable 1-0 defeat by West Brom at The Hawthorns – a result which leaves them three points off Arsenal in the final coveted Champions League spot.
Villas-Boas hinted his time was up in the capital when he suggested “something’s wrong” at the weekend and a run of just three Premier League wins in their last 12 games sealed his fate.
He said: “It’s not been good enough for some time. We’re fifth and if that is the case, something’s wrong. Every defeat piles more pressure on any Chelsea manager. We don’t win enough and that does not make us proud.”
Mourinho guided Chelsea to back-to-back Premier League titles during his first spell in charge, as well as winning the FA Cup, and last week was spotted house hunting back in London.
His current club, Real Madrid, lead La Liga in Spain and have reached the last 16 of the Champions League.
Next best in the betting is the former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez at 11/4, while Pep Guardiola can be backed at 9/2 to end his fledgling yet distinguished career with reigning Spanish and European champions Barcelona for a move to England.
Former midfielder Roberto Di Matteo, who has been placed in charge of first-team affairs on an interim basis until the end of the season, has been priced up at 13/2, while the former England coach Fabio Capello is quoted at 8/1 to make a return to club football.
Chelsea visit Championship side Birmingham for an FA Cup fifth-round replay on Tuesday and the following week they must overturn a 3-1 deficit against Napoli at Stamford Bridge to avoid exiting Europe’s elite club competition at the last 16 stage.
Those looking to bet on soccer games should monitor these developments.