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Time to cash in on Manchester United’s frailties?

Manchester United

One of the best Tweets over the weekend came from former Chelsea player Eidur Gudjohnsen who said that “Mourinho still knows how to get the best out of Chelsea.” Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United were hammered 4-0 at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, falling behind through some shocking defending within thirty seconds of the start and they never looked to have the fight or passion to get back into the match up at all. In fact it got worse for them, with their defence going in decline across the 90 minutes.

So a tough time of things for Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford at the moment with a quarter of the league season gone and punters will have to start asking themselves whether or not The Special One is likely to be there come the start of next summer? Mourinho is a 7/2 shot with online betting site Ladbrokes to get the sack by next summer. You can go bigger at a price of 10/1 for him to go by Christmas, a price which has been cut recently from a 20/1 shot.

Manchester United have now scored just one goal in their last three domestic matches and in the Premier League they have taken just five points from their last six games. During that sequence they lost a game against Watford for the first time since 1986 and could only manage a home draw against league strugglers Stoke as well. After their 4-0 humiliation at Stamford Bridge, will there be an Old Trafford exodus of epic proportions coming up?

Since his world breaking move to Manchester United for Juventus, Paul Pogba has been a man under scrutiny and he hasn’t looked a good fit at all. He is 5/2 to follow in the footsteps of their previous club record purchase Angel Di Maria who left the English giants after just one season. It is actually hard to see that happening as he is a bit of damaged goods at the moment, and one of only a few world class players that United can build around.

Another of their top players, David De Gea is now 7/4 to make a move out of the club next summer and he will be a keeper in demand. Manchester United are now an odds on price of 4/6 to finish outside of the top four in the Premier League this term, which would mean them missing out on UEFA Champions League football again.

A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: “As we head towards Halloween, it’s looking like United’s horror show will continue at the Theatre of Screams, and their key men could be quick to try and escape.”

Manchester United Specials:

Season Specials
Man United to finish outside the top 4 this season – 4/6

Player Specials
Paul Pogba to leave OR be sold by next summer – 5/2
David De Gea to leave OR be sold by next summer – 7/4

Jose Mourinho Specials
To be sacked OR leave before next summer – 7/2
To be sacked OR leave before Christmas 2016 – 10/1
To be sacked OR leave before the Manchester Derby [October 26] – 20/1

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Jose Mourinho Next Club Odds and Predictions

Football Betting

Whether Chelsea were right nor not to sack Jose Mourinho is a moot point, because The Special One, for the second time in his career has been given the boot by the club. With Chelsea sitting 16th in the Premier League and having lost more games this season than the previous two combined, the axe fell on the head of the manager.

So with Chelsea on the hunt for  new manager a bigger question may well be where will Jose Mourinho head to next? If he is still out of work next summer then there could be some major reshuffling of the world’s best bosses around the top European clubs.

With Louis van Gaal failing to have made a positive impact so far at Old Trafford with Manchester United, the Red Devils are 11/10 favourites with online betting site Betfair to be Mourinho’s next club. That is just the type of challenge that he would love and it would give him the chance to stay in England and renew his rivalries with the likes of Arsene Wenger and perhaps prove a point that the Blues were hasty in their decision to fire him.

Pep Guardiola is out of contract with Bayern Munich in the summer, so would there be a trade of jobs? Would Guardiola go to Stamford Bridge while Mourinho moves to the Allianz Arena. That is a fascinating prospect because frankly, it is a swap of two of the best managers in the game at the moment and a huge contrast in style between the way they approach the game as well. Bayern Munich are 4/1 to be Mourinho’s next club.

That is the same price as PSG whose ambitions probably fit well with Mourinho’s own and he would have spending power there. But the Parisians are growing nicely with Didier Deschamps and it seems unlikely that the apple cart will be upset there. Rafa Benitez is struggling with Real Madrid at the moment, would they take Mourinho back as Chelsea did? Madrid are 12/1 at Betfair to be Mourinho’s next club.

He is 16/1 to go back to Inter and 20/1 to replace Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City. But why settle at a league club, why not a move to the international scene for Mourinho? There will probably be some international managerial casualties next season after Euro 2016 and Portugal is a 12/1 punt to be Mourinho’s next managerial position. England are 25/1 to be his next position.

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Mourinho trimmed to even odds in Next Manager To Go betting market

Premier League Betting

Is Jose Mourinho heading for the Stamford Bridge exit? There were extensive talks by the Chelsea board this week, discussing the future of The Special One and after Chelsea’s latest league defeat of the season, their ninth of the term, bookmakers trimmed the odds on Mourinho to be the next Premier League manager to go.

Mourinho has been pulled into a price of 8/11 with online betting site Coral to be the next manager out of the door in the Premier League. Now that Garry Monk has been given the push by Swansea, Mourinho really is next on the managerial firing line. Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal is second favourite in the market at a price of 2/1 after the Red Devils were dumped out of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Chelsea head into the weekend’s Premier League action just one point above the drop zone and with just one win in their last six games. While they have progressed to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, five defeats in their last seven league games and just two goals in their last five league outings has seen the reigning champions fall from grace with a bang.

It does off course open the question about who would replace Mourinho? Former boss Carlo Ancelotti is a 4/1 favourite but on the drift after rumours that he is being lined up to go to Bayern Munich next season when Pep Guardiola’s contract expires there. Fabio Capello is 5/1, Deigo Someone 7/1 and Pep Guardiola 8/1 are the main challengers in the Next Chelsea manager betting market.

The latter of course is the big name here. Pep Guardiola is out of contract next summer from Bayern Munich and is probably one of the very few men who replace Jose Mourinho. That is the dilemma for Chelsea, finding a genuine replacement for The Special One. Guardiola would fit the bill perfectly but has strongly been linked to a move to Manchester City instead so it probably a move for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone which would probably be the best fit.

Next Chelsea Manager Betting Odds

Carlo Ancelotti 4/1, Fabio Capello 5/1, Juande Ramos 15/2, Diego Simeone 7/1, Pep Guardiola 8/1, Brendan Rodgers 10/1, Guus Hiddink 12/1


Hiddink a temporary replacement for Chelsea if 9/4 Mourinho gets the sack?

Football Betting

While Jose Mourinho is a 9/4 second favourite option in the next Premier League manager to leave market, it’s worth considering the scenario if Chelsea do sack him. It is is heading towards mid-season and all the top managers around are pretty much tied up at the moment. So if Mourinho gets the push now then it’s likely that they will run with an interim boss until the end of the season.

It would make sense therefore that Guus Hiddink could be the one to step into the breach after becoming such a popular figure there in rescuing Chelsea’s 2008/09 season in winning the FA Cup and eleven of the thirteen league matches which he coached with the Blues.

But looking further ahead in the next Chelsea manager betting market, There hasn’t been much said about Carlo Ancelotti making a return, the former Chelsea boss was somewhat unceremoniously booted out of Stamford Bridge the season after winning the double with the club. He at least is a man out of work at the moment after having stepped down from his Real Madrid role in the summer.

But all the hype and rumours seems to point to Chelsea getting their hands on Pep Guardiola for the start of next season, which would throw fuel on the fire of Chelsea not actively looking for a direct replacement right now for Mourinho. It also hints that they may just let Mourinho run through to the end of the season.

Guardiola is a 6/1 favourite in the next Chelsea manager betting with Sky Bet, with Carlo Ancelotti at 12/1. Current Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has been trimmed a little bit into a price of 8/1 and makes for an interesting name in the hat, as he would team up with former striker Diego Costa and may be able to get the best out of the Spaniard.


Next Aston Villa Manager Betting – Football Odds

Football Betting

Aston Villa appear to be wasting little time looking for a successor to Tim Sherwood, who was sacked by the club on Sunday following a seventh straight Premier League defeat.

Villa are currently bottom of the table but there have been no shortage of managers and ex-players prepared to put their names forward for the post.

Remi Garde is currently top of the short-list, according to some sources. The ex-Arsenal midfielder, who had talks with Newcastle United last year, is ready to take up a managerial role again having taken a break since leaving Olympique Lyonnaise in 2014.

Garde is a respected tactician and has a reputation for developing young players so would be an attractive proposition for Villa. But word of their interest has leaked out and most bookmakers have the Frenchman at odds-on to be Next Aston Villa Manager.

Coral are currently the biggest price on a Garde appointment at 8/15 but he is by no means the only man to have attracted the interest of punters. Real Sociedad head coach David Moyes is only 7/2 with the same firm but the former Everton and Manchester United boss can be backed at twice those odds in other places. Nigel Pearson is 12/1 while former Aston Villa player Dwight Yorke has thrown his hat into the ring.

Yorke has no managerial experience and is 50/1 in most lists but makes the point that people with experience have had a go to revive Aston Villa’s fortunes and struggled to make an impact. The former Manchester United striker still has close links with Villa and knows the club inside and out. Unfortunately, the Midlanders need both a quick fix and a long-term strategy and it’s most unlikely to club’s owners would take a gamble on an unproven manager.

After yet another defeat at West Ham on Saturday, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is only 23/10 with 888sport to be the Next Premier League Manager To Leave His Post. Mourinho was also sent to the stands at the weekend as the stuttering champions finished the game with 10 men following the first-half dismissal of Nemanja Matic.

But Newcastle’s Steve McLaren continues to head this market at 11/10 having seen his side crushed by Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby. Newcastle have still only managed one victory so far this season.

Next Premier League Manager To Leave His Post

11/10 Steve McClaren, 23/10 Jose Mourinho, 9/1 Garry Monk, 14/1 Eddie Howe, 16/1 Alex Neill


Champions League Group Odds and Outright Betting – Champions League Football Odds

Champions League Betting

The Premier League has its full contingent competing in the group stages of this season’s Champions League but some have fared better than others in the draw.

While the likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona will always be expected to top their sections, no matter which teams they are paired with, for others it’s a question of survival with just the outside chance of progressing.

One would imagine that it’s a make-or-break season for Manchester City. They got through the group stages last season by the skin of their teeth but found eventual champions Barcelona much too strong in the last 16. Their mega-rich owners need to see their team up there challenging the best and have laid out the cash again this summer. Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph and, latterly, Kevin De Bruyne have been among the big-money signings and Manuel Pellegrini says he won’t make excuses if his team fail again.

However, the early Premier League leaders could hardly have had a tougher draw in Group D. They’ve got Serie A champions Juventus, Europa League holders Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach. City have been made general 11/10 favourites because of the signings they’ve made but Monchengladbach are always tough to beat and, though Juve have lost Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez, they’ll still be competitive. Sevilla have brought in Yevhen Konoplyanka, Ciro Immobile and Fernando Llorente, from Juventus, and could the danger to City topping Group D at 11/2 with Ladbrokes. Sevilla are a general 80/1 to win the 2016 Champions League while City are a best 14/1 with Boylesports, Stan James, sportingbet and 10bet.

City’s cross-town rivals Manchester United are 20/1 with Skybet having made it safely through qualifying. They look to have an easier draw in the group stages against Wolfsburg, PSV Eindhoven and CSKA Moscow and are 10/11 with bet365, Skybet and Coral to top their section.

Chelsea appear to have fared even better in Group G. The Blues may have started the Premier League in unconvincing fashion but it would be a shock of epic proportions if Jose Mourinho can’t guide his side safely through against former club Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv. The Londoners are a best 6/17 with Unibet and 888sport and 10/1 with Skybet, Paddy Power and betfair to win the Champions League.

But Arsenal are out to 25/1 with BetVictor and 10bet having drawn Bayern Munich in Group F. The Gunners are a general 11/4 to pip the Bundesliga champions to top spot in the group with Bayern at 2/5 with Boylesports, Paddy Power and sportingbet. Olympiakos are 25/1 with Betfred while Dinamo Zagreb are 100/1 with BetVictor.

The Germans are a best 19/4 with sportingbet to win Champions League with reigning champions Barca at a general 3/1. Real Madrid are 11/2 with most bookmakers.



Champions League Odds – Football Betting

Champions League Betting

And then there were eight!

The quarter-finals of the Champions League has thrown up few, if any, surprises and have emphasised, yet again, that it’s imperative that you win your qualifying group. Manchester United‘s name is probably the only unexpected one in the last eight after the first leg of the last 16 ties. They became only the sixth side in Champions League history to overturn a two-goal deficit. Robin van Persie becoming only the fifth Manchester United player to score a hat-trick in the competition. But their victory over Olympiakos came at a price with the Dutchman stretchered off with a knee injury near the end of their game against the Greek champions – at the time of writing, the damage still had to be assessed. It says much about United’s season that their victory was inspired by a recalled 40-year-old and their hopes of getting their hands on the trophy still look remote ahead of the quarter-final draw. Bookmakers concur and David Moyes‘ beleaguered squad are 20/1 with BetVictor, Coral and sportingbet as their possible rivals looks like a who’s who of European football.

It’s no surprise that Bayern Munich remain hot favourites (2/1 with Paddy Power and Stan James). The Germans have terrific strength-in-depth with several options should they lose a key player. The defending champions have had a couple of hiccoughs at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League season but only when the pressure was off. Generally, they win their home games and are able to adapt their tactics to keep things tight on the road so whoever meets Bayern will have their hands full. Only a calculator button is keeping them from being confirmed as Bundesliga champions again.

Real Madrid, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in fantastic form, look the biggest danger and are a general 4/1 with Barcelona 17/4 with bwin. The Catalans are unaccustomed to not being favourites but layers have realised that this is not the Barca of a couple of years ago and their defensive fragility is likely to be exploited now that they’ve reached the latter stages of the competition. But you underestimate Jose Mourinho and Chelsea at your peril. ‘The Special One’ is a master tactician and the Blues will make life tough for whoever they meet from now on. Stamford Bridge is certainly a difficult place to go in Europe and I’d rather have a punt on Mourinho’s men at the general 12/1 than on PSG at the same odds (BetVictor), who are so reliant on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


Champions League 2014 Odds and Preview – Football Betting

Champions League Betting

Has the balance of power in European football shifted? The Bundesliga provided both finalists in the Champions League last year with the Primera Liga‘s big guns both coming up short and showing that having a brilliant attack alone is not enough if they concede too many goals.

There were certain salutary lessons to be learned at Barcelona and Real Madrid – but have they been addressed? Madrid look on the verge of capturing Gareth Bale for a world-record fee and he’ll grace the Bernebeu with his skills. But they’ve lost centre-back Raul Albiol and replaced him with a right-back in Daniel Carvajal and may still be vulnerable under pressure. Real, now under Carlo Ancellotti, will still have high hopes of ending their wait for another European triumph at 11/2 with BetVictor, Ladbrokes and Skybet while Barcelona are pinning their hopes on Neymar to climb back to the top. The Brazilian looks a superstar but Lionel Messi has been picking up a few injuries lately and it could be the punishment that he takes, week-in week-out, is beginning to take its toll. Barca are 9/2 with Skybet to recapture the European crown but they’ll need to progress to dethrone Bayern Munich.

The German champions were deserving winners last season after several near-misses. They’ve strengthened again with the younger Mario Gotze looking an excellent replacement for the departed Mario Gomez and Pep Guardiola has raided former club Barcelona for Spanish international midfielder Thiago. Bayern will be a threat to all at the general 7/2 while last season’s losing finalists Borussia Dortmund (25/1 with BetVictor, Boylesports and Skybet) will again be expecting Robert Lewandowski to fire them into the latter stages.

Chelsea are rated the pick of the Premier League teams this season under Jose Mourinho, despite only finishing third in their domestic league last season. They’ll be harder to beat this season and having been handed a good draw in the group stages. They are a best 11/1 with Paddy Power while Manchester City are 16/1 with bwin despite failing to make it past the group stages since returning to Europe’s top table and being paired with Bayern. English champions Manchester United are 14/1 with BetVictor and bwin but this year will be a steep learning curve for new manager David Moyes and Arsenal, so far, haven’t made the big signings everyone expected. The Gunners are 40/1 with Boylesports, Ladbrokes and Skybet to lift the Champions League.

French football is undergoing a renaissance and big-spending Paris St Germain are 18/1 with Skybet while Marseilles are available at 250/1 with bwin, Coral and Skybet. Juventus head the Italian challenge and are 20/1 with Paddy Power ahead of AC Milan and Napoli, and you can  have 1000/1 with Skybet and William Hill on Celtic after the Scottish champions were drawn alongside Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax, though qualifiers Austria Vienna and Victoria Plzen are rank outsiders at 1500/1 with Skybet and Boylesports respectively.


Champions League And Europa League Odds – Football Betting

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

It’s not always the case but, this year, we seem to have been blessed with the best four teams in Europe in the last four of the Champions League and the Europa League has also come up trumps.

Spain and Germany dominate the latter stages of the continent’s premier club competition and bookmakers are almost united in making La Liga leaders Barcelona favourites. BetVictor are as short as 7/4 against Lionel Messi and company, even though they were just 20 minutes away from going out against PSG before being rescued by their Argentinian maestro and the away goals rule. Barca have the recent pedigree, of course, but it may be written in the stars that Jose Mourinho gives Real Madrid the European crown before he moves on and several firms can’t split the great rivals at 2/1.

But you just can’t rule out the two Bundesliga teams, who also have quality in abundance. Bayern Munich (3/1 with BetVictor, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power) have twice reached the final in recent years and have vast experience. They’ve not quite been able to get over the line but nobody would begrudge Jupp Heynkes‘ side a change of luck and they’ve already wrapped up their domestic title. Borussia Dortmund were undoubtedly lucky to beat Malaga in the quarter-finals and it’s no surprise that they are the outsiders of the four remaining teams (13/2 in several places). But they showed what they could do in the group stages and a return to that kind of form would make them a threat to all.

The Europa League is a two-horse race according to bookmakers, who expect Chelsea and Benfica to contest next month’s final. The Blues’ terrific record at Stamford Bridge has kept them afloat so far but they’ve not been as effective on the road and, though they are bidding to be the first Champions League winners to win the following year’s Europa League, I wouldn’t be rushing to back Rafa Benitez‘ men at the 13/10 with bwin and Ladbrokes. Benfica, 15/8 with Ladbrokes, BetVictor and Paddy Power look a bit more resilient and may be more motivated but are no certainties to get past Fenerbache (a general 6/1). But the fact that Basel needed penalties to beat an under-strength Spurs, who played extra time in the second leg with only 10 men, suggests they might have reached the limit of expectations. The Swiss team are 8/1 with bet365 and 888sport to win the final.


Next Chelsea Manager betting odds turn to Mourinho after Guardiola heads to Bayern

Football Betting

With Pep Guardiola making a return to football management with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga next season, it has left Chelsea in a bit of limbo. Guardiola was one of the favourites in Chelsea Next Permanent Manager betting, but with the Spaniard dismissing a move to Stamford Bridge, it has left a confusing situation for Roman Abramovich. The Russian billionaire is a big fan of Guardiola and wanted him at his club, but he has suffered rejection. With Rafa benitez on only temporary assignment in West London, where the leader for next Chelsea manager going to come from.

The speculation over a return for Jose Mourinho won’t go away. The Special One is having a tough season in La Liga, with reports over dressing room fallouts. However, he only signed a big new contract last year after securing the Spanish league title, so will he tough it out there? It is an interesting situation, and what makes Mourinho favourite is how much he was admired at the Bridge. The Portuguese manager knows what life is like at the club under Roman Abramovich and while he would be welcomed back by the Chelsea faithful, questions over his relationship with Abramovich may cause some hesitation in backing Mourinho in next Chelsea boss betting. It was fractured when he left, how much has it been repaired?

Offering much better value is Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp. He made Dortmund into a European force, fending off Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title last season. There is a lot of promise in a move for Klopp, who are highly unlikely to retain their league title this season. They are also in a tight scrap for a Champions League place as well. If that fails this season, a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer would be a good new challenge for him. Klopp is forward thinking and adventurous enough with his football philosophy to fit Abramovich’s plans.

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone has also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. This is an interesting one. No doubt the Argentine has done a superb job, with limited resources compared to the might of Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, he has had the benefit of having Radamel Falcao in his ranks. Should Chelsea make a move for Simeone, it may bring the factor of being able to lure Falcao to the Premier League. Germany’s Joachim Loew has also started to get linked with a move to the club as well. He again, is another who would bring the flair and style that Abramovich wants.

After bringing in the highly unpopular Rafa Benitez though, if that doesn’t yield any success, there may be a diplomatic move by the club to bring back a favourite. Gus Poyet has made a solid name for himself in managerial circuits and would be a familiar face back at the Bridge. So too Gianfranco Zola, regarded as the best player ever to pull on a Chelsea shirt. Odds on Zola have been trimmed over the past week or so, as speculation mounts that a move will be made for him.

Next Chelsea Manager Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power
Jose Mourinho 15/8, Jurgen Klopp 7/2, Joachim Low 9/1, Diego Simeone 14/1, Michael Laudrup 14/1, Gianfranco Zola 20/1, Frank Rijkaard 25/1

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