The Punter: No way Jose Mourinho is staying at Real Madrid for rest of year
Published 04/01/2013 | 10:51
Looking into punting's 2013 crystal ball, one bet stands out a mile and that's 6/5 Jose Mourinho to part company with Real Madrid.
No way will Jose be in charge at Real Madrid by the end of the year. He'll be long gone now that Madrid have no chance of winning La Liga and Champions League glory is far from certain.
Jose has made it clear he wants to return to the Premiership and don't be surprised if it's in Manchester as a replacement for Roberto Mancini or at Old Trafford if Sir Alec Ferguson decides to call it a day.
The 'Special One' has fallen out with president Florentino Perez and has even had to endure the whistles from dissatisfied fans.
There's an internal rift with some of his star players such as Sergio Ramos and capain Iker Casillas, both of whom have been dropped. The writing is on the wall and Champions League elimination by Man United will bring down the curtain. In all honesty, Mourniho should be odds-on not to be in charge for the whole of 2013.
If Jose does end up in Manchester, there is every possibility that Cristiano Ronaldo will follow him. The latter is 9/4 with bet365 to join a new club.
Firms are offering 100/1 on Man City and United to each go unbeaten throughout the calendar year but no one in their right mind would consider that, nor the prospect of an all-English Champions League final at similar odds.
The Premier League is raining with goals in the last month or so and Hill's go 12/1 that a player will score five or more in a league game which, with some of the defences on show, is worth a look. If Chelsea and Arsenal can score eight and seven then that bet may well be landed. It's a better call than only 10/1 a team hitting 10 goals in a match.