Barcelona’s attacking arsenal is stocked with enough firepower to bring about FIFA-sanctioned footballing Armageddon and their players are rightful 6/4 favourites to outscore delegations from the other clubs across the globe at the World Cup.
Manchester City come next in the betting at 7/2, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid at 9/2, but it’s Chelsea odds of 6/1 that look like an uncharacteristically generous assessment from the bwin.com odds moguls.
Make no mistake about it, Barca have Lionel Messi and Neymar, the top two in the Golden Boot betting, along with Pedro and Alexis Sanchez, both of whom hit 19-plus club goals this term.
That’s before the potential contributions of goal-getting midfielders of the calibre of Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta are even factored into the equation.
Catalunya’s finest are very worthy favourites, but for those who class themselves as the type of punter who prefers a little cushion for their betting pushing, Chelsea must be considered.
First and foremost in their favour is a four-strong representation in hosts’ squad.
David Luiz and Oscar could be forgiven for feeling most aggrieved if they’re not in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s starting XI, while Ramires and Willian are both more than capable of chipping in with goals if favoured with pitch time.
Brazil are sure to go deep, it’s true, but readers are forgiven for questioning quite where a Barca-beating amount of strikes are coming from amongst Stamford Bridge’s Selecao ensemble.
Step forward the Blue Belgians Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, who can sink their fangs into the tournament’s most benign trio of group-stage foes, Russia, South Korea and Algeria in pool H.
It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that England’s Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard could further swell the Chelsea World Cup goals total, but less trusted squad member Andre Schurrle is perhaps more likely to make a sizeable contribution.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man has struck 11 times in 31 games for Die Mannschaft and having notched hat-tricks for club and country this term he’ll make a fair amount of hay if the sun shines his way.
Elsewhere FC Bayern Munchen look long at 9/1, but theirs is a defender and midfielder-heavy landing force, while prime attackers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are fancied to be held back by defensive tactics and humdrum teammates respectively.