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Bookies back Boas to keep job but doubt Chelsea title tilt

Following Chelsea’s fourth league defeat of the season against Liverpool on Sunday, questions have been raised over the future of manager Andre Villas-Boas, while the Blues’ quest for silverware is also under scrutiny.

Despite the league season being only 12 games old Chelsea’s four defeats, including two at Stamford Bridge, have already led to rumours that owner Roman Abramovich may be losing patience with Villas-Boas, who only took over from Carlo Ancelotti in the summer.

Bookmakers Stan James are offering odds of 2/1 that AVB is gone by the end of the season, with a price of 1/3 available on the former Porto chief still being in charge come the final day. Dutchman Guus Hiddink is 5/4 favourite to be the next Chelsea boss having already had a previous spell at the helm.

As for the team themselves, Sky Bet are offering 8/13 that Chelsea fail to win a major trophy this season, with 6/5 available on the Stamford Bridge side securing at least one notable piece of silverware. The same bookmakers are offering odds of 5/2 that the West Londoners finish in the top two in the league this season.
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