Euro 2016 Top Goalscorer Odds and Preview30th June 2016 / lee
Who will shine the brightest at Euro 2016 in terms of putting the ball in the back of the net? The big individual honour of being crowned the Euro 2016 Top Goalscorer will have big appeal for the best that the game has to offer and the summer tournament in France will bring together a stunning array of attacking talent from across Europe.
Two general tips for picking a Euro 2016 Top Goalscorer is looking for the big stars who will be lining up against some of the weaker opposition in the tournament. Therefore that increases the chances of goals being returned and you also want to back a player who is, more likely than not, going to have a decent shot a making it through to the final with his nation.
More games played equals more goal scoring chances. So who is topping the Euro 2016 Top Goalscorer betting market after the close of the Group Stage? Not too surprisingly that will be the players who have netted the most goals so far and therefore you are looking at Gareth Bale, Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann. Bale is a 6/1 poke to land the individual award and he scored in each of his three group stage matches at the tournament, which is highly impressive. Spain’s Alvaro Morata has risen to the occasion with three goals as well, answering Spain’s striker questions. And Antoine Griezmann made two of his three goals against Ireland in the Round of 16.
So of the big names in the tournament haven’t quite fired as of yet, with the likes of pre-tournament favoured options Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller all having gone on the drift quite dramatically in the market ahead of the round of sixteen. For example, Muller was 6/1 before the tournament but is out at 25/1 now as he is still, somehow, in search of his first ever European Championship goal.
So going back to Bale, Morata and Griezmann you have to take a look at what’s to come from them. Wales have a shot against Belgium in the quartner finals. Morata will take on Italy’s tough defence in the round of sixteen which has only shipped the one goal so far in the tournament. But then again, would you expect Spain to go further in the tournament than Wales do? And France is probably playing next against England.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been a bit off key this tournament but has been trimmed into a price of 8/1 now to win the Euro 2016 Golden Boot. Portugal as a whole have had more struggles than expected at Euro 2016, drawing all three of their group stage matches and only getting though as the third ranked best third-placed team. However, Ronaldo netted a brace, and a crucial one at that in a 3-3 draw against Hungary in the last group stage match which will have boosted his confidence no doubt and is a genuine threat now in the market. Portugal’s poor finishing put them into a quarter final match against Poland.
There are only four other players, who scored more than one goal and who are still in the tournament. Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, Germany’s Mario Gomez, France’s Dimitri Payet and Portugal’s Nani.
Euro 2016 Top Goalscorer Odds
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England’s Top Goalscorer at Euro 2016
Much to the disappointment of fans, England once again have not been setting the goalscoring charts alight at a major tournament. Boss Roy Hodgson said that his side were ready to blitz someone, but that’s not looking likely with just three goals scored in the group stage. Eric Dier netted one against Russia, while Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge saved England’s blushes against Wales. Sturridge and Vardy are 9/4 joint favourites to finish the tournament as England’s top scorer, with Harry Kane having drifted to a 5/1 shot and Wayne Rooney out at 8/1. Eric Dier is 10/1 to top score for England at the tournament.
European Championship Top Goalscorer History and Stats
The all time leading goalscorer in the European Championships is Michel Platini. He scored nine goals in five matches during the 1984 campaign, helping the French claim the title on home soil. That’s a remarkable goal haul for one tournament and the second highest scorer behind Platini is England’s Alan Shearer with seven goals from nine matches, played across three European Championships.
Going into Euro 2016 you had two active players tied on six goals each at European Championships. That is Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo. This will be the fourth European Championship for both and Sweden’s Ibrahimovic has scored his six in ten previous matches, while Ronaldo has a worse goal average than that, having scored his six in fourteen European Championship matches before Euro 2016. Ibrahimovic bowed out of the group stage with Sweden and announcement his retirement, but Ronaldo had edged two goals closer at the close of the group stage, to Platini’s record.
Three other players entered the tournament with five goals each during their careers at prior European Championships. Spain’s Fernando Torres has five from 13 previous European Championship matches, while the Czech Republic’s Milan Baros had netted five from 11. England’s Wayne Rooney has a brilliant strike rate at European Championships, having scored five goals in six games at the Finals, his appearances coming in 2004 and 2012.
Euro 2012 saw a low production rate from goal scorers, with six players finishing as joint-top scorers with just three goals each, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Fernando Torres. Prior to that, the 2008 top goalscorer was David Villa on four, with the 1996 through 2004 Golden Boots each being won with a five goal haul. But of course, with the expanded format, the top goal scorer tally should be higher this time.
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