The life support machine continues to bleep it’s death-defying bleep, but Liverpool line-leader Mario Balotelli’s Premier League goal-coma shows no sign of change.
Neuroscience is not yet sufficiently advanced for the world to know for sure that, while seemingly putting in an ineffectual 78-minute showing against Chelsea, the Italian was in fact putting the league leaders to the sword in his head.
Sadly for all those attempting to fathom when, if ever, he will break his Premier League duck for the Reds, there’s little suggest a change is on the way beyond the one shot (off target) he mustered against the league leaders.
The bwin odds boffins have trimmed the former AC Milan man in to 4/1 to go an entire season without scoring in the wake of the Chelsea game.
In the market on when Balotelli will score his next Premier League goal only Crystal Palace, next up in the league for Liverpool, are shorter at 6/4.
News that Daniel Sturridge is expected to return from injury after the international break is doubtless the catalyst for such an eye-catching position.
That Sturridge may not start against Palace seems the reason for the short price, with second opponents down the line Stoke (9/2) deemed less likely to afford Super Mario a goal than for the striker to endure a season-long duck.
It’s 11/2 Leicester will yield the misfiring striker his first league goal for Liverpool, while Sunderland can be backed at 8/1, Manchester United at 12/1 and Arsenal at 14s.
With the January window looming on the horizon, the prospect that Brendan Rodgers may look to offload their misfiring frontman certainly adds extra juice to the price that the Italian won’t score 2014/15.
There will however be those inclined to take umbrage with bwin’s punchy assessment, not least because arguably Balotelli’s best showing of the season came alongside Sturridge against Tottenham.
Given the Italian himself has intimated that he much prefers playing with a strike partner, the England man’s return may just work the oracle.