Antonio Conte

Odds crash on Chelsea sacking Antonio Conte before Barcelona

Chelsea vs Barcelona in the Champions League

On February 20, Chelsea will host Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The return leg in the Camp Nou is scheduled for March 14.

The Blues have a long history with Barcelona. Chelsea have faced them on several occasions with mixed results.

First Bournemouth, now Watford

Will Antonio Conte still be in charge of Chelsea by the time the Barcelona game comes around.

That’s now a hot topic of conversation following Monday night’s horror performance against Watford.

Following a 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth, Watford beat the Blues 4-1 at Vicarage Road.

Chelsea’s terrible evening began when Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off in the first half for two bookable offences.

Troy Deeney fired Watford ahead from the penalty spot just before the break, however the match exploded in the final 10 minutes.

Eden Hazard drew Chelsea’s 10 men level, but Watford scored three late goals. Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra earned Javi Gracia his first win at the Hornets.

‘Chelsea to sack Antonio Conte before Barcelona’

Following the Watford defeat, the bookies stopped taking odds on whether Conte will be next Premier League manager to be sacked.

Instead, the focus is now on whether the Italian will be in charge for the Barca game.

Claim a £50 free bet on Chelsea to sack Conte before Barcelona with Ladbrokes

Within that context, Ladbrokes have now closed betting on the Premier League sack race.

After another abysmal night for Chelsea, Antonio Conte was a short as 1/6 in the Premier League sack race market before the bookies decided to suspend betting.

Before the market was pulled, it was only a 1/4 shot that Conte’s axed before the crucial Champions League game against Barcelona.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Conte’s a dead man walking, and it’s surely a case of when, and not if, Abramovich says arrivederci.”

Also see: Chelsea next manager betting odds: Luis Enrique, Maurizio Sarri lead the way.

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