Euro 2012 Golden Boot Betting: The Group B Lowdown


Group B may look unpredictable in terms of match results, but with the myriad of attacking talent in its midst, one thing we are guaranteed is goals, and plenty of them...

Holland:

3.00 to win the group; 1.45 to reach the last 16; and 8.00 to win the tournament 

Holland boast the most comprehensive line-up of world class attacking talent in the entire tournament, led by Premier League player of the year ROBIN VAN PERSIE. The Arsenal skipper has 25 goals in 62 appearances for his country and is in the form of his life, justifying his status as second favourite for the Golden Boot at 7.00. I can see RVP lining up alongside KLAAS-JAN HUNTELAAR. Schalke 04’s hitman, who has a staggering 31 international goals in just 50 games. This Klaas act looks tremendous value at 12.00, especially given that the likes of Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder (themselves viable options at 20.00 and 75.00 respectively) will be laying things on a plate. 

Germany:

2.10 to win the group; 1.20 to reach the last 16; and 4.00 to win the tournament

surprised many at the 2010 World Cup, and I fully expect this exciting young crop to makes waves aplenty in Poland and Ukraine. The 5.00 favourite for the Golden Boot is their striker MARIO GOMEZ, who’s bagged a frankly outrageous 40 goals for Bayern Munich this term. Gomez’s odds are probably too short to make it worth your while, but his strike partner, MIROSLAV KLOSE, could well be worth a shout at 10.00 having netted 13 in 26 for Lazio in Serie A this season. The evergreen poacher supreme has a phenomenal record in major international tournaments, and though he’ll turn 34 during this tournament, he could be a chief beneficiary of the creative expertise from the busy trio of THOMAS MULLER (20.00), Mesut Ozil and Lucas Podolski (20.00) plus any of the other stars swimming around Germany’s bottomless reservoir of emerging attacking talent.

Portugal:

5.00 to win the group; 2.25 to reach the last 16; and 20.00 to win the tournament

Perennial underachievers Portugal will rely on their star man, CRISTIANO RONALDO, to blast them through this toughest of groups and into the latter stages. The cheeky winker has seldom replicated his best club form on the international stage, but oozes a newfound maturity and sense of responsibility these days, which should serve him well this June. He’s poised at 10.00, which isn’t terrible value given the 4,876 goals he scored in Real Madrid’s La Liga title-winning crusade, and the fact he takes penalties for his country. Among his support acts, Manchester United’s NANI is hardly prolific; as such his odds (40.00) are not at all generous. Meanwhile, HUGO ALMEIDA of Besiktas will lead the line. The 27-year-old flatters to deceive, for me, and has a pretty average goalscoring record to boot. Back him at 40.00 if you genuinely fancy Portugal to go far, but don’t hold your breath, will you. 

Denmark:

15.00 to win the group; 5.50 to reach the last 16; and 100.00 to win the tournament

Poor Denmark. They might’ve stood half a chance in any other group. But they got drawn in this one, and so will inevitably struggle. In a parallel universe, where NICKLAS BENDTNER is actually as good as he is in the mind of Niklas Bendtner, the Danes would cruise to the top of group B, with the Sunderland man sticking five goals past each of the other three teams. Sadly for the people of Denmark, the aforementioned parallel universe doesn’t – and will never – exist. The blonde bigot with the most unwarrantedly humungous of metaphorical craniums is at 75.00, but you could add a one to the start of those odds and still feel short changed.