The black and gold boys in bwin.com’s specials team are out in force at the World Cup, with all group games covered by the punt that gives you double winnings as a free bet if your first-scorer pick lands and goes on to grab one more, and triple if he gets another.
So far, there’s been a healthy tally of four braces and a Thomas Muller hat-trick in Brazil, and we’ve pulled out a few belting first-scorer bets to go into day six with.
Australia v Netherlands – Robin van Persie @ 9/4
The Socceroos look eminently capable of shipping a shed-load against Louis van Gaal’s men, having conceded at least three in six of their last ten fixtures, with successive 6-0 thrashings handed out to them by Brazil and France in September and October.
Van Persie’s lightning-bolt of an equalising header and opportunistic pounce on tortured Spanish keeper Iker Casillas for the Netherlands’ fourth goal last time out showed the world what he can still do, and five more multi-goal hauls for club and country in 2013/14 makes him the number one candidate for double/triple glory.
Spain v Chile – Diego Costa @ 17/4
Brazili-born Costa struggled against stout Dutch defenders Ron Vlaar, who hasn’t always played that well for Aston Villa, and frequent Feyenoord rumour fodder Bruno Martins Indi.
He’ll get much more change out of Cardiff’s 5ft 7in Chile defensive-midfielder/emergency centre-half Gary Medel, and after doubling up five times following openers for Atletico Madrid last term, the target of local abuse rates a value double/triple first-goal pick.
Cameroon v Croatia – Mario Mandzukic @ 7/2
The Bayern Munchen striker missed out on leading the line in his country’s opening day loss against Brazil through suspension, so expect him to get straight at the Indomitable Lions defence from the off.
Mandzukic is no guaranteed starter at FCB and made Pep Guardiola’s teamsheet just 30 times in all competitions last season, yet still managed 23 club and country goals in 2013/14, which includes eight openers and two braces.