There is a defensive bias to Arsenal’s representatives at the 2014 World Cup, yet Lukas Podolski still finds himself as long as 5/1 to be club’s leading goal getter at the tournament.
Ahead of him is Olivier Giroud, who shares 3/1 favouritism with the rather more pessimistic no goalscorer, followed by off-colour Gunner Mesut Ozil at 17/4.
Podolski’s chances of starting have drastically improved after Marco Reus’ deeply regrettable ankle injury against Armenia and at the prices he’s the wager in this particular betting heat, here’s why.
Germany are 11/2 to win the World Cup, France are 22/1.
The outright betting odds alone suggest Die Mannschaft and their representatives are likely to have more games in which to find the back of the net than their French colleagues.
Podolski has notched once every 2.46 games during his 113-cap Germany career.
When it comes to international football the uber-experienced 29-year-old comes out well on top of his club colleagues.
Ozil has struck once every 3.18 games for his nation, while Giroud has bagged at a sloth-like rate of a goal every 4.14 outings for Les Bleus.
Besides Miroslav Klose, ‘Poldi’ is his country’s most genuine centre-forward option.
Mario Gotze laboured as a false nine in the friendly against Cameroon and it would be no surprise to see Joachim Low revert to the use of an attacking spearhead if goals aren’t forthcoming.
With Klose turning 36 in a matter of days, there’s sure to be ample playing time for the Arsenal man if ‘Plan A’ reverts to the use of centre-forward.
Giroud is by no means certain to be ahead of Karim Benzema in the French pecking order.
He may have put two past Norway in on his penultimate run-out, but the former Montpellier man drew a blank starting against Paraguay.
It could well count against him in a nip and tuck battle for the number nine shirt with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, who has struck on his last two starts for Didier Deschamps.
Low has suggested Ozil still need ‘two weeks to get to his best’.
An underwhelming performance from Benzema’s former Los Blancos teammate against Cameroon was attributed to a lack of match fitness by his international manager, suggesting Podoloski has the edge on him in terms of physical shape too.