Published on June 2nd, 2016 | by Sportingly Better Tipster0
Euro 2016 Betting – England Top Scorer
After successfully backing both Tom Heaton and Jack Wilshere to make the grade in the England squad last month, Sportingly Better analyses the best bets in the ante-post betting market for England’s top goalscorer this tournament.
Top Goalscorer Betting
With Roy Hodgson naming a total of five strikers in his final 23-man squad for Euro 2016, questions now remain over the formation and line-up for England’s starting XI for the first round of matches at the Euros.
Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford’s goal against Australia, two minutes into his international debut for the Three Lions may have helped book his place on the plane to France, but the Manchester United striker, who has recently signed a new contract with his club, looks set to be largely used from the bench.
Rashford’s rapid rise to prominence for both club and country could see a similarly unlikely journey in the Euros should the striker force his way into the reckoning during the tournament, but at odds of 10.00 the teenage forward is one to avoid in the betting markets.
A somewhat late addition due to fitness concerns, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge (8.00) is arguably the most natural striker in the England squad.
Having recently returned to training with the national set up as late as Monday, Sturridge will do well to start any of the group games for the Three Lions, especially given his fitness concerns. A total return of just five goals in 17 outings for England suggests that Sturridge will struggle to break into the goals during this tournament too, especially when looking at more Euro 2016 betting tips elsewhere.
Roy Hodgson’s decision to bring five strikers could suggest that England are likely to play a 4-1-2-1-2 diamond formation with Tottenham striker Harry Kane (3.00) and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (7.00) likely to lead the line.
Kane who secured the Premier League Golden Boot with 25 league goals finds favouritism in the ante-post betting market and whether England opt for a diamond formation or a more popular 4-2-3-1, Kane remains likely to lead the line for the Three Lions in both set-ups.
Whether Kane will keep penalty duties for England after missing a spot-kick against Turkey in the warm-up friendlies remains to be seen, but Kane is assured of starts in France and that clearly demonstrable game time has saw favouritism land on the Spurs striker.
Similarly to Rashford and Sturridge, Vardy has been deployed wide on the left for England and that potential fielding position is a big negative for the Leicester front man in the betting market (7.00).
Vardy’s goal return for Premier League champions Leicester has rightly sealed his place in the Euro 2016 squad for his country, but the player’s pace and work rate are two massively favourable attributes that Hodgson is keen to utilise.
Vardy stretches teams remarkably well and if England come up against a team who play a high defensive line in France, expect Vardy to be a hugely dangerous outlet for England as he has been for the title-winning Foxes this season.
Wayne Rooney’s introduction against Australia demonstrated the player’s keen eye for goal and there is little doubting the Manchester United player’s pedigree and experience on the international stage and major tournaments.
Rooney (4.50) found the net seven times during qualification and with 51 goals for England, the striker remains the all-time top scorer for the Three Lions.
Rooney has found himself playing increasingly deeper and deeper for his club, but for England the consensus is that he will likely find himself behind Kane or both the Spurs front man and Vardy in any given set-up.
Despite not playing in England’s attack this tournament, betting on Rooney to finish as team top scorer looks likely to provide the most value, especially given the potential upside of spot-kick duties too.
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Author Credit: Jonathan Day
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