Tonight marks the opening ceremony of Euro 2016 which this time round is being held in France.
For bookies across the land and online, this is a major event as millions of pounds, dollars and euros will be wagered throughout the month-long tournament.
Today, Gamblers Pro has a look at a few players who stand a decent chance of claiming the Euro 2016 Golden Boot – the honour which is giving to the player who scores the most goals in this year’s championships.
After bagging 5 goals during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it is clear to see why Muller is the favourite in most bookies’ eyes to lift this year’s Golden Boot as he is getting a reputation for producing the goods on the big stage. He also scored in Germany’s last warm-up match against Hungary just last week so he is definitely going to be in the mix.
888Sport and UniBet are offering the best prices at 9/1 on Muller; however, if you want to play it a bit safer, sportingbet offer 8/1 and a quarter payout on their each way bet (top 4).
So 10 euro at 888sport will win you 90 euro + your 10 euro original wager as long as Muller is the outright Golden Boot winner.
If you placed 5 euro each way (10 euro in total) at Sportingbet at 8/1; you could win:
5 euro at 8/1 = 40 euro + 5 euro original wager. Plus the 5 euro each-way bet at a quarter of the odds, so that’s 5 euro at 2/1 = 10 euro + 5 euro original wager. Naturally, it’s not as good as being on the nose but you have the comfort of the each way bet so if Muller were finish as 2nd, 3rd or 4th in the Golden Boot table, you would still walk away with 10 + 5 euro for your effort.
For many, Ronaldo is the world’s best player but we at Gamblers Pro are not tipping him to scoop the Euro 2016 Golden Boot.
Although he boasts a very respectable 58 goals in 126 appearances for Portugal, including 2 goals against Estonia on Wednesday night, he just doesn’t have enough all-round quality players beside him and at an international tournament it is very difficult to carry it alone on one’s shoulders.
Prices range from 6/1 up to 17/2 for Ronaldo so the bookies aren’t giving too much away so this is one name we suggest you steer clear off for this bet.
A few punters from England will most certainly be having a look at Harry Kane and at 16/1 (with Ladbrokes and William Hill), he will certainly get a few takers.
Kane was the winner of this season’s Barclays Premier League Golden Boot so his form is good. He already has 5 goals in 12 appearances for his country so the international stage doesn’t scare him.
But, is he a guaranteed starter for every match? We don’t think his place is set in stone just yet. Sure, he will most likely start England’s first game against Russia but England Manager Roy Hodgson has taken five strikers with him so unless Harry hits the ground running, Roy might well opt for a change up front. Plus, how far are England going to progress? If they win their group, then they will have a relatively comfortable last 16 game with the possibility of meeting Portugal in the quarters and Spain in the semis. If they are runners up in their group, then a quarter final against host nation France is the most likely event.
So it looks like 5 or 6 games maximum for Harry and that’s if he plays every game.
Taking the each way bet looks most favourable for Kane just to give you a bit more breathing space.
France are the tournament favourites and they do have a very good record of performing well when they host a major event but is Griezmann’s name on the Golden Boot?
In a word “No!’
We know France have some outstanding players in Pogba and Payet so they will create chances but some of those will be snapped up by Griezmann’s strike partner Olivier Giroud. Plus Deschamps still prefers to play Giroud at the tip of the spear with Griezmann pushed out on the right which we find off-putting for this bet.
The best price offered is 11/1 at 888Sport with most other bookies coming down as low as 9/1 which given he has only scored 7 international goals in 27 appearances is not the most generous of prices.
At odds of 21/1 at 888Sport and 20/1 for an each-way bet at Ladbrokes, Spain’s young gun looks decent value.
He is not as prolific for his club as the names mentioned above but this is tournament football and things are different.
Morata is only 23 and has 3 international goals to his name in 9 appearances. His place is not set in stone like Muller’s and Ronaldo’s but he is expected to start Spain’s first game against the Czech Republic on the 13th of June.
With some wonderfully gifted attacking players in their squad, Spain will create chances and definitely should score goals. Fernando Torres, also from Spain, won the Golden Boot at Euro 2012 with 3 goals, and we won’t write-off another Spaniard’s name being added to the list.
Certainly worth an each-way bet at 20/1 as we predict Spain to be good for at least the semi finals if not the final which means a possible 7 games for him.
There you have it, Gamblers Pro’s Golden Boot tips: Muller, Morata or Kane are our choices but as this is a tournament, we suggest you stick to each-way betting for the Golden Boot to avoid disappointment if your pick is rested or gets subbed off early in a game.
As always – Good Luck!