Chelsea’s Premier League title hopes written off after more dropped points

Blues unable to match the relentless pace of Man City and Liverpool, while draw does little to ease pressure on Benitez.

Chelsea's title hopes have been written off by the bookies following another disappointing result on Thursday night.

The European champions were held 1-1 by an out-of-form Everton and have now won just three of their last seven Premier League fixtures.

League leaders at the start of December, they have fallen four points behind Manchester City at the summit and the bookies have reacted accordingly.

Jarrad Branthwaite goal Everton Chelsea Dec21

Thomas Tuchel's side are now 8/1 to win the Premier League, having been 11/4 with Planet Sport Bet when the month kicked off.

The first signs of discontent among the fans have also seen a slight shortening in the price on Tuchel to be the next top-flight manager to leave. However, 100/1 is still widely available.

Despite the encouraging point, Rafael Benitez is still seen as the most likely next boss out of the door. Having overseen just one win in 11, Benitez is generally available at 4/6 and is as short as 1/4 in some places.

Also on Thursday evening, Liverpool survived an early scare at home to Newcastle to beat the Magpies 3-1 and can be backed at 5/2 to regain their title. It was the Reds' sixth successive win since being beaten 3-2 by West Ham at the start of November.

Jugen Klopp Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool Dec21

However, the bookies cannot see past Pep Guardiola's Manchester City for the crown. Nine wins from ten have shot them to the top of the Premier League and they are now 8/15 to make it back-to-back titles.

At the other end of the table, Norwich (1/8), Newcastle (4/6) and Watford (8/11) remain favourites for the drop.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa will be suffering a few sleepless nights after their 7-0 humbling at the hands of Man City, however. The Argentine can be backed at 9/2 to be the next manager to leave their post, while the not so Mighty Whites are 7/2 to slip back into the Championship.

And clubs contemplating a change of manager will have taken note of the transformation at Villa Park.

Steven Gerrard has overseen four wins from six to push the Villans up to tenth. Having been in serious danger of being dragged into a relegation scrap when he took over, Villa are now odds-on for a top-half finish.

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