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Stuart Dalgleish 13th Dec 2011 - 16:13

Drogba's gain means Torres pain

Didier Drogba's future may hang in the balance with his contract running out at the end of the season but his recent good form has seen William Hill make him 5/6 to still be at Chelsea on the first day of next season.

He is currently keeping £50 million man, Fernando Torres, out of the team and while Drogba is 4/9 to start Chelsea's next game, Torres is odds-on, at 4/6 to be sat on the bench.

"If Drogba continues his current vein of form, Torres could find it very difficult to get back in the team and Villas Boas could find it hard to turn down Drogba's request for a new contract," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.

If Torres' output does not improve considerably, there is a chance that he could be on his way and Hills offer 9/4 that he is not at Chelsea come the start of next season. He is 11/2 to fail to score again in 2011 and 16/1 to never score a Premier League goal for Chelsea.

Another player who has found himself on the fringes of the team at present is Frank Lampard and despite having 18 months to go on his contract, he is 6/5 to be elsewhere come the start of the 2012/13 season.

The pressure seems to have lifted off AVB's shoulders after two good results and he is 4/6 to still be at Chelsea next season.

To start vs Wigan:

Drogba: 4/9 yes; 13/8 no

Torres: 11/10 yes; 4/6 no

Fernando Torres' next Premier League goal: Evens Wigan (A); 7/2 Tottenham (A); 4/1 Fulham (H); 8/1 Aston Villa (H); 11/2 Fail to score again in 2011

16/1 Torres to never score for Chelsea in the Premier League again

To be at Chelsea on first day of next season:

5/6 Drogba (5/6 no)
1/5 Terry (10/3 no)
8/13 Lampard (6/5 no)
1/3 Torres (9/4 no)

4/6 Andre Villas Boas (11/10 no)

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