The World Cup wheat and chaff begins to be separated as more sides are pointed in the direction of the closest airport, but excellent value still remains in several team top scorer markets.
It’s Belgium and the Netherlands who offer the best value in these fields, while it’s also not worth discounting making big bucks from betting on who’ll be the leading scorer for France.
Here are the players to back in bwin.com’s individual top team goalscorer field and the reasons why:
Netherlands – Robin van Persie @ 4/5
The Manchester United ace is currently level with Arjen Robben at the top of de Oranje’s scoring charts, but the Bayern Munchen wing wizard has been afforded a game more to build his total.
RVP will return to the fray to spearhead the Dutch attack against Mexico who Louis van Gaal’s side always seem to score twice against.
They’ve done so in each of their previous four meetings and their skipper will be looking to augment a recent record of eight in as many international outings here.
Should his goal-per-game rate continue, he should have enough firepower to see off Robben’s challenge.
Belgium – Romelu Lukaku @ 4/1
De Rode Duivels have been distinctly lacking in verve and panache in their performances to date and, as a result, their four leading scorers are tied on one.
Chelsea rent-a-striker Lukaku is yet to notch in Brazil, but his country tackle a far from watertight USA side in their next outing which could open the door to the hulking youngster.
He hit four in the pre-World Cup warm up games and may finally cash in against a Stars and Stripes defence whose only clean sheet in eight came against Azerbaijan.
France – Olivier Giroud @ 8/1
Karim Benzema has been one the many world-class players to sparkle at this tournament.
A missed penalty and a spectacular post-final whistle effort against Switzerland would’ve taken him to an uncatchable, as far as fellow countrymen are concerned, five goals, but these setbacks followed by a blank against Ecuador suggest the Golden Boot gods aren’t shining on Benzi.
Giroud has got one to his name so far, but based on how Les Bleus tried, and succeeded, in dismantling a defensively resolute Swiss side, the Arsenal man will likely be utilised against similarly stern Nigeria.
Should another goal avalanche ensue, the outsider could feasibly bag the numbers to draw level with his Real Madrid counterpart and, should things go his way, it’s not impossible that he could still end the samba jamboree having outgunned him.