The day of reckoning is here for World Cup Groups E and F, and bwin.com have rolled out their top-value double/treble money first-goalscorer bets – where you get paid out twice if your pick lands the opener and bags another, and three times if he competes a hat-trick – for all four finales.
With an incredible array of attacking talent set to be on show in Porto Alegre when Argentina face Nigeria, the temptation to go mob-handed into the match with Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero – at 9/4, 7/2 and 15/4 respectively for first-scorer – will be strong.
However, set your compass north east for Brazil’s spiritual capital Rio de Janeiro to find a pair of goal-grabbers in the kind of blistering form that puts La Albiceleste’s stratospheric strike-force to shame.
Ecuador’s Enner Valencia is currently being hawked around Europe by Mexican outfit Pachuca, with Premier League patrons Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton all linked with the 25-year-old centre-forward.
All who have been paying attention to La Tri’s matches since the end of May will understand why, as Valencia has claimed five of his country’s six goals over the last four matches.
Three were scored in Ecuador’s prior World Cup engagements with Switzerland and Honduras, two opened the scoring in their respective fixtures, and – crucially for this bet – two were part of a match-winning brace against the Central American side last time out.
At 15/2, and with double/treble money potential, Valencia rates a stonking punt to break the deadlock against France, but Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps will have his own goal-scoring machine on the prowl at the Maracana.
Karim Benzema has made huge waves in the World Cup top-scorer market with his three goals so far – of which one was an opener followed by a double/treble-tastic second against Honduras – and is now 9/2 third-favourite to take the Golden Boot.
Big-match Benzy is the 3/1 jolly for first-scorer honours against Ecuador, which could pay out at 9s if he becomes the second player in Brazil to bag a hat-trick after firing an opener, which certainly isn’t beyond the realms of possibility in Rio.