MARIO BALOTELLI is 10-1 to score with a backheel in the Premier League this season despite missing his outrageous effort in Manchester City’s friendly with LA Galaxy.

Paddy Power are also betting on how long it takes boss Roberto Mancini’s patience to snap with the volatile forward.

It's 7-2 he's shipped out of Manchester before the end of the year with 2012 the most likely departure date for the Italian, despite him signing a five-year deal in 2010.

It’s 11-4 he sees out his contract, or even extends it, and is still at the club in 2015.

Show-boater Balotelli’s make-or-break season sees him 22-1 to be the league’s top scorer and 33-1 to be crowned Player of the Year.

The striker is 9-4 to score in the all-Manchester Community Shield, 80-1 to net and get sent off and 125-1 to do a Kevin Keegan and get sent off for fighting with an opponent.

Darren Haines, spokesman for Paddy Power, said: “Balotelli can be sublime the one minute and ridiculous the next, seemingly changing moods like the wind.

“He already has a strained relationship with Mancini so it’s a question of whether he can start producing the goods consistently before Mancini’s patience snaps.”

Bet365 make Balotelli 12-1 to be substituted in the first half of the Premier League opener against Swansea and 2-5 that he sees red during the campaign.

Spokesman Steve Freeth said: “Balotelli has talent but he also has that ability to self-destruct at any moment.”


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