One of the most popular betting markets of any major football tournament is the top goalscorer market and from speaking to the various bookmakers, Euro 2012 is no different.
Top of the market is Germany striker Mario Gomez who is top price 9/1 with BetVictor
. The Bayern Munich forward has had a fantastic goalscoring season with his club find the back of the net an incredible 40 times in 47 games.
Next of the list is Netherland’s Robin Van Persie. Like Gomez, Van Persie has be breaking records with his phenomenal season with Arsenal. The Dutchman is as big as 11/1 with BlueSquare
to follow in the footsteps of 2008 winner David Villa.
The bookmakers have seen a lot of money coming on the next superstar – arguably the second best player in the world – Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid forward and captain of his national side at Euro 2012 is 14/1 with Boylesports
. This price would be considerable shorter only Portugal are in the so-called “Group of Death” with Germany and Netherlands.
Ronaldo’s club colleague, Frenchman Karim Benzema is in the market at 16/1 with Paddy Power, while Chelsea striker Fernando Torres – a surprise pick for Spain by many considering his form this season – is 18/1 with 888Sport
Elsewhere in the market, the top goalscorer in qualifying for Poland and Ukraine, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is terrific value with Paddy Power
at 18/1. If you do fancy Wayne Rooney to claim the golden boot, he is a massive 40/1 with Stan James
with the English man suspended for the first two group games.
If you do think the controversial Italian striker Mario Balotelli can continue to be in the headlines for all the right reasons, you back the Manchester City forward at 28/1 with BlueSquare
Group A may just bring some value to punters with co-hosts hero Robert Lewandowski being continually backed all week. The Polish striker – 25/1 with Betfred
– will face Russia, Czech Republic and Greece during the tournament and many fans believe the Dortmund striker will continue his excellent club form.
Some other long shots that may just case a surprise are the likes of England striker Andy Carroll is 50/1 with Ladbrokes
, Roman Pavlyuchenko 66/1 with Bet365 and German playmaker Mesut Ozil 66/1 with bwin.
Euro 2008 – David Villa – Spain (4 goals)
Euro 2004 – Milan Baros – Czech Republic (5 goals)
Euro 2000 – Savo Milošević (Serbia)/ Patrick Kluivert – Holland (5 goals)
Euro 1996 – Alan Shearer – England (5 goals)