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It came up via Karim Benzema in France’s 3-0 cruise over Honduras, before Thomas Muller did his chances of successive World Cup Golden Boots no end of good with a hat-trick in Germany’s 4-0 schooling of Portugal.
Today we’re taking on Belgium and Algeria’s striking ranks with midfielder Kevin De Bruyne for the European side at 13/2, and there’s plenty of reasons to believe the Wolfsburg man will deliver in Belo Horizonte.
First off there’s the fact that Benzema and Muller’s multi-goal tallies are among a whopping four doubles and a treble notched in the first 14 matches, with Brazil one-man-show Neymar in the opening match and Dutch pair Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie against Spain obliging the rest.
These bastions of attacking verve have contributed to the most exciting start to the World Cup in recent memory, with 44 goals grabbed so far compared to 25 in the entire opening round of fixtures four years ago in South Africa.
Marc Wilmots’ Belgium are still among the fancied teams at 22/1 to lift the trophy and go into their clash with Vahid Halilhodzic’s unknown quantities as the 1/3 favourites.
Despite never getting a chance under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, De Bruyne has been a lynchpin for his country and was the top-scoring Belgian in World Cup qualifying with four strikes, of which – crucially for this bet – three opened the scoring in their respective matches.
Of the other players expected to line up for Wilmots in south-east Brazil, only Kevin Mirallas and Eden Hazard managed to get on the scoresheet more than once during qualifying, while a Romelu Lukaku brace against Croatia was all the in-limbo striker brought to the party.
De Bruyne showcased his sharpness as the Bundesliga campaign closed out, with three strikes – among them two openers – in his last four 2013/14 appearances, so stick with the £18 million man in Estadio Mineirao.