Antonio Conte vs Pep Guardiola
Following Monday’s defeat at Watford, many are wondering how much longer Antonio Conte will be at Chelsea.
Forget about Conte’s gripes with the board over recruitment in the past twelve months.
The Blues are now facing a potential season-ending collapse, which could see them drop out the top four, and lose heavily to Barcelona in the Champions League.
How can anyone have faith in Conte’s Chelsea right now? They’ve lost three of their last four, shipping seven goals to Bournemouth and Watford.
And yet, as the knives are sharpened for Conte, it’s also true that the Italian’s stats tell a different story.
As revealed by Opta, at 70.3%, Antonio Conte has the joint-best win rate of any manager in Premier League history (minimum five games), level with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
That said, Man City are 19 points clear of Chelsea in the table.
Luis Enrique favourite to replace Conte
If Chelsea do sack Conte, who will replace the Italian in the Stamford Bridge dugout?
Luis Enrique is the hot favourite with Ladbrokes to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea boss.Claim a £50 free bet to pick the next Chelsea manager with Ladbrokes
The former Barcelona gaffer leads the bookies’ betting market at 2/1, as the pressure mounts on Conte following his bizarre decision to rest his players over the next three days.
Carlo Ancelotti (3/1) and Guus Hiddink (4/1) find themselves next in the betting for another stint at the Bridge, or it’s a 7/1 chance Diego Simeone steps into Premier League management.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “We’ve already suspended betting on Conte leaving, and although the market is wide open at present, punters’ early money points towards Enrique’s services being required in SW London imminently.”
Betting odds – Next Chelsea manager
Luis Enrique 2/1
Carlo Ancelotti 3/1
Guus Hiddink 4/1
Diego Simeone 7/1
Thomas Tuchel 7/1
Maurizio Sarri 8/1
Roberto Mancini 20/1
Claudio Ranieri 20/1
Fabio Capello 33/1
Manuel Pellegrini 33/1
Frank Lampard 40/1
John Terry 40/1
Didier Drogba 40/1