Conte odds-on in sack race after latest loss

Antonio Conte is 8-15 with Hills to be the next Premier League manager to leave his current position after his Chelsea side were thrashed 4-1 by Watford at Vicarage Road.

It was billed as a must-win game for Conte in some newspapers but the champions made a shocking start with Tiemoue Bakayoko sent off after just 30 minutes before things got much worse for the worse.

Troy Deeney's penalty shortly before half-time put the 21-4 outsiders ahead and Watford were barely troubled until Eden Hazard looked to have saved a point for Chelsea with a superb strike to level matters with nine minutes remaining.

However, from that moment the Blues fell to pieces.

Daryl Janmaat put Watford back in front before further goals from Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra completed a humiliating night for Conte, coming just days after the 3-0 home loss to Bournemouth last Wednesday.

Betway are 3-10 from 2-1 that Conte is the next Premier League manager to leave his current position, with Sky Bet shorter still at
1-4, while Hills offer 1-3 the Italian does not last the season at Stamford Bridge and 9-4 he can ride out the storm.

Fourth-placed Chelsea have a one-point advantage over Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification and bet365 shoved the Blues out to 4-6 to finish in the top four. Spurs are 8-11 and Arsenal have been trimmed to 5-1.

Match in Focus

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Real Madrid v Liverpool

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  • Real have won just one of their last four Champions League meetings against English opposition
Expert verdict
Real Madrid have lifted the Champions League in three of the past four seasons but they could struggle to retain their crown against a lively Liverpool. Real have been the dominant force in Europe, with last year’s 4-1 thumping of Juventus in the final in Cardiff showcasing their superiority. However, Zinedine Zidane’s men have not bumped into a front three like the Reds’ often - Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have netted 29 of their 40 Champions League goals this season - and they are vulnerable to the counter-attack.

 

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