Maurizio Sarri has shortened to 21/10 in the Next Premier League Manager to Leave Their Post market after admitting that, "maybe I am not able to motivate these players" following Chelsea's humiliating 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
Second half goals from Josh King (two), David Brooks and Charlie Daniels condemned the Blues to their worst league defeat for 22 years meaning they drop out of the top four for the first time this season.
But it was Sarri's subsequent admission about his ability to motivate his players - as well as conceding that the defeat was his fault - that raised eyebrows, this coming just weeks after he publicly accused his team and some of his senior players, including leading goalscorer Eden Hazard, of lacking determination.
Sarri, who has yet to win a major trophy in almost 30 years of being a manager, also came in for criticism from his own supporters during the defeat at the Vitality Stadium, with sections of the away crowd chanting, "you don't know what you're doing" when he replaced Gonzalo Higuain with Olivier Giroud in the 65th minute with no hint of a tactical change.
Chelsea have drifted to 1.80 in the Top 4 Finish market.
Late joy for Spurs as title chasers stumble
Tottenham were the big winners from the midweek games as they came from behind to beat Watford 2-1 at Wembley to move within seven points of Liverpool - who could only draw at home to Leicester - at the top of the table and two of Manchester City who surprisingly lost to Newcastle on Tuesday night.
Late goals from Son Heung-min and Fernando Llorente sealed the victory for Spurs who now trade at 36.00 in the Premier League Winner market.
Liverpool remain favourites to win the title and have shortened to 1.60 despite behind held by the Foxes, the draw increasing their lead over Man City to five points followng the Citizens' 2-1 defeat to the Magpies. Newcastle - who trailed to a Sergio Aguero goal inside just 24 seconds - were matched at a high of 150.00 in-play to win the game but second half goals from Salomon Rondon and Matt Richie sealed a famous victory.
Pep Guardiola's men can be backed at 2.86 to defend their Premier League crown.
Gunners in pole position in Top 4 Finish race
With third-place Spurs now at least seven points ahead of those below them in the table it looks like a race between three teams - Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United - to claim the final Champions League qualifying spot.
The Gunners moved above the Blues and into fourth with an unconvincing 2-1 win over Cardiff on Tuesday night thanks to second half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangand Alexandre Lacazette, while United's winning run under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær came to an end when his side could manage just a home draw with Burnley, though two late goals did save the Red Devils' blushes after trailing 2-0 with just minutes remaining.
Man Utd are two points adrift of both Arsenal and Chelsea and can be backed at 2.90 to record a Top 4 Finish; Unai Emery's men trade at 3.30.
Glimmer of hope for Cottagers
At the bottom of the table Huddersfield are now 11 points adrift of safety following a 0-1 home defeat to Everton, the Terriers now trade at an almost unbackable 1.02 in the Relegation market, while Cardiff's defeat at Arsenal means they remain the second most likely team to go down according to the layers, currently trading at 1.36.
Fulham have drifted to 1.42 to be relegated after coming from two goals down to record a stunning 4-2 victory over Brighton on Tuesday night. Claudio Ranieri's men are still five points adrift of safety but they are within touching distance of the teams above them, including 17th-placed Southampton, 12.00, and 16th-placed Crystal Palace, 15.00, who played out a 1-1 draw at St Mary's.