While John Terry’s last chance saloon may not come until he steps foot into the West London magistrates court on February 1st, Sportingbet believe Andre Villas-Boas' managerial trial is coming this weekend and have offered odds on whether the Portuguese will still be at the helm on the last day of the season.
When Villas-Boas made the short journey across West London back in October to see his side play their first Premier League derby against QPR since 1996, not even Nostradamus himself could have predicted the impending clouds of doom on the horizon.
Two red cards in a defeat that became the first of five in nine matches was bad enough, but an impending police charge for racism against the club captain became a flash point that has continued to dominate headlines throughout the season.
Chelsea now return to Loftus Road on Saturday for their FA Cup 4th Round tie and the result could have significant ramifications for the fate of Villas-Boas.
John Terry will no doubt relish the pressure and put in a typically robust performance; Chelsea are 4/7 (1.57) to win and Terry will probably fancy his chances of scoring too. Yet his manager may not feel so secure.
Rumours of dressing room rifts and the gentle easing out of the old guard suggest Villas-Boas has made his stance – out with the old and in with the new. Fail to deliver however and it may be a case of out with the new for the former Porto boss.
Villas-Boas is currently 17/10 (2.70) with Sportingbet to be out of a job come the end of the season and with Chelsea far from the heights of three or four years ago, the FA Cup may represent his only chance of glory.
Many see the Portuguese as an esteemed thinker and master tactician - and he is still odds on at 2/5 (1.40) to last the season at the helm. Yet if QPR win on Saturday at 17/4 (5.25), the man charged with revolutionising Chelsea may yet become a victim of the revolution.
Of the six men brought in by Roman Abramovich to manage Chelsea, only Luiz Felipe Scolari has under performed in a similar vein to Villas-Boas with even Avram Grant coming within a John Terry shoelace of winning the Champions League.
And as if pulling another page from Nostradamus’ predictions of fate, Villas-Boas will face his trial against the man who had the Chelsea hot seat firmly in his sights before the Portuguese was appointed; four-time FA Cup winner Mark Hughes.
Will Andre Villas still be in charge on the last day of the season? No 17/10, Yes 2/5
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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