Fernando Torres was axed by Vincente Del Bosque for Spains victory midweek and Andre Villas-Boas has claimed he will not hesitate to drop the striker should his poor club form continue. Bookies, William Hill are offering odds on which will be the first game that he finds himself on the bench (or worse). He is 9/2 to miss Saturdays match against Sunderland and 11/2 to miss the match against Leverkusen midweek. Torres is 14/1 to fail to start any of the next three games.
Torres is certainly under pressure to start scoring, but the odds certainly indicate that he will be given a few more starts in order to find his form, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly.
Hills are also betting on how many Premiership goals Torres will get this season and make the favourite between six and 10 at 2/1. The days when Torres used to score 20 plus goals a season seem a long way away at the moment, but he is 8/1 to bag over 20 this season. He is 11/10 to get his first Premier League goal of the season against Sunderland and 7/2 that it comes against Manchester United.
Next Premier League Goal: 11/10 Sunderland; 7/2 Manchester United; 4/1 Swansea; 9/1 Bolton; 14/1 Everton; 4/1 None of these five fixtures
Total Premier League Starts: 10/11 21-30; 7/4 Over 30; 4/1 11-20; 12/1 under 10
Total Premier League Goals: 2/1 6-10; 11/4 0-5; 3/1 11-15; 9/2 16-20; 8/1 20+
Vs Sunderland: 1/8 yes; 9/2 no
Vs Leverkusen: 1/10 yes; 11/2 no
Vs Manchester United: 1/2 yes; 6/4 no
14/1 Start none of these matches
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