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Jon Riley 29th Feb 2012 - 12:27

Midweek football specials

Captain Scott Slashed For France Match...Tevez Start Anytime Soon Could Be Stretch...Mourinho Househunt Sparks 4/9 Gamble

Scott Parker is strongly rumoured to have been offered the England captain's armband for tonight's match vs Holland and this has seen his odds of captaining the Three Lions against France in the Euros slashed by William Hill. Having previously been 7/4 second favourite, he is now 11/8 joint favourite with Steven Gerrard (whose odds have drifted from 10/11).

"Stuart Pearce has reportedly made Scott Parker his captain, but he may not be in charge when the Euros roll around," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly. "A new manager may well have a very different opinion of who should lead the country."

Carlos Tevez pulled on a Manchester City shirt for the first time since September (albeit for the reserves) and William Hill make him 1/8 to make an appearance for City at any point during the rest of the season (9/2 not to). He is 9/2 to feature at any point during the Bolton game this weekend, although he is 2/1 to fail to feature for the City senior team during the next five matches.

"Tevez looked somewhat distressed (as did the shirt that he had squeezed into) and he would appear to be a long way from match fitness," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.

Jose Mourinho has been spotted in the UK, sparking rumours that he is set for a return to the Premier League. William Hill make him 4/9 to no longer be in charge of Real Madrid by the first game of next season. He is 5/2 to become the next permanent Manchester United manager, 7/2 for Chelsea, 6/1 Tottenham and 14/1 Arsenal.

When will Tevez next play: 9/2 Bolton; 11/4 Swansea; 10/3 Chelsea; 4/1 Stoke; 6/1 Sunderland; 2/1 none of these fixtures

Carlos Tevez to play for Manchester City again: 1/8 yes; 9/2 no

Mourinho at Madrid on first game of next season: 13/8 yes; 4/9 no

Mourinho to be next permanent Arsenal manager: 14/1

Mourinho to be next permanent Manchester Utd Manager: 5/2

Mourinho to be next permanent Tottenham manager: 6/1

Mourinho to be next permanent Chelsea manager: 7/2

England captain for Euro 2012 game vs France: 11/8 Steven Gerrard; 11/8 Scott Parker; 4/1 Joe Hart; 10/1 Frank Lampard; 14/1 Gareth Barry; 20/1 Ashley Cole; 33/1 Rio Ferdinand


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