Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. Chelsea target Edinson Cavani. Javier Hernandez of Manchester United. Barcelona’s David Villa. When it comes to picking the top scorer at the Confederations Cup, which kicks off on Saturday, there is certainly no shortage of star contenders.
But few of the players stick out in the betting like Spain’s Pedro, who at 20/1 looks like the stand-out bet to finish as the tournament’s top goalscorer and if you are looking for a punt that will last you the whole competition, then the Barcelona forward is definitely your man.
He might not the most exotic name on show in a tournament that is hosted by Brazil and is contested by Spain, Italy, Uruguay, Mexico, Nigeria, Tahiti and Japan, but he comes into the Confederations Cup as the in-form forward at international level.
Pedro has been in sensational form for Spain since Vicente Del Bosque’s side won Euro 2012 nearly 12 months ago and has scored ten goals in the nine games the Spanish national side have played since thumping Italy in the final in Kiev.
They haven’t been against any old opposition, either: Pedro has scored a brace against Uruguay as well as a vital winner away to France in a World Cup qualifier and there is no reason why he can’t continue his rich vein of form.
New customers who register today can claim a free £20 bet and placing this on Pedro to finish as top scorer would return a whopping £420 if successful.
And what’s more, it is easy to dismiss the other candidates.
Villa and Suarez are favourites at 8/1, while Cavani and Fernando Torres are 9/1, but all represent poor value: Villa is not the player he was after injury, Uruguay have scored one goal or fewer in 11 of their last 13 games with Suarez and Cavani up front, while if you’re backing Torres to be top scorer when he isn’t even going to play, you want your head testing.
Neymar, the great Brazilian hope, is also 9/1 but (whisper it) I am not convinced about the new Barcelona man and I’m happy to avoid single-figure odds.
Plus, Brazil are in the same group as Italy and Mexico, which puts me off backing any of those players given their tougher fixtures – Spain, on the other hand, face Tahiti and Nigeria in Group B and could well fill their boots.
And as such, the 20/1 on their main man Pedro doing the business looks like great value.