Bookies offer odds on more Mario madness during 2012
To mark the onset of the New Year bookmakers Stan James have unveiled a number of special football bets for 2012 involving clubs, players and managers, with a familiar face leading the way.
The bookies have created a market relating to madcap Man City striker Mario Balotelli being arrested during the next year, with a price of 4/1 on an arrest indicating that more antics could be in store from the man who has already been involved in numerous capers during his relatively short spell on these shores.
Elsewhere, on a somewhat downbeat note, odds of 4/1 are available on a Premier League club going into administration during 2012, indicating that the odds compilers consider it perfectly possible that a top flight team could be struck by the sort of financial problems more commonly associated with lower league outfits.
More encouraging is the potential return of David Beckham to the Premier League within the next 12 months, although the chances of such a development are rated at a pretty unlikely 25/1. A Jose Mourinho comeback is regarded as more possible, with the Special One offered at odds of 7/1 to manager a Premier League team during 2012.