Pressure builds on Benitez

  • Last Updated: February 24 2013, 16:47 GMT

Rafa Benitez is 6/4 with Coral to be the next Premier League manager to go following Chelsea's 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Mancini and Benitez are feeling the heat
Mancini and Benitez are feeling the heat

The result means Chelsea could slip to fourth in the Premier League table should Tottenham beat West Ham on Monday evening.

It's 1/5 for Chelsea to finish the season in the top four and 2/9 that Benitez leaves Stamford Bridge before the opening day of the 2013/14 season.

Despite their victory over Chelsea, Man City's hopes of defending their title still look all but over with Man United 12 points clear at the top of the table.

It's 6/4 for Roberto Mancini not to be at City at the start of next season and 11/4 is quoted for the Italian to leave the Etihad Stadium before Rafa Benitez leaves Chelsea.

"Rafa Benitez's future at Stamford Bridge is looking more and more under threat and if the Blues fail to overcome Middelsbrough in the FA Cup on Wednesday evening, the Spaniard will be lucky to last the season," said Coral's Tim Reynolds.

"Chelsea also have to play five of the top eight teams in the Premier League before the end of the season so they could still end up failing to finish in a Champions League qualification position."

Manchester City may have just kept themselves in the title race but they are 14/1 with William Hill and it may well now be damage limitation.

The odds suggest that Manchester United are going to win by some distance with Hills offering 15/8 that they win by 16 points or more.

Southampton would have hoped to put some distance between themselves and their fellow relegation battlers but after a 4-2 loss at Newcastle they are 4/1 to be relegated.

QPR are now 1/8 to go down, Reading 3/10 and Villa are 8/11.

"It is now a question of when, rather than if the title the title returns to Manchester United," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.