Euro 2012 Golden Boot latest odds, news and free bets

There’s a four-way tie at the top of the Euro 2012 scoring charts after Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner against Czech Republic, with the Portugal forward having now scored three goals in his last two matches to go level with Mario Gomez, Mario Mandzukic and Alan Dzagoev

Mandzukic and Dzagoev won’t be adding to their total of three as their respective teams were eliminated at the group stage although you can still get 40/1 with Stan James about the pair and the plain fact is that a tie of the lead will mean the dead heat rules apply so there might be some value in backing them.

Ronaldo is available at 9/4 (Coral free bets) to claim the Golden Boot although he could well playing his last game of Euro 2012 on Wednesday night when lining up against Spain, with the holders firm favourites to qualify for Sunday’s final.

The Real Madrid forward has had a strong past couple of games which saw him bag a brace against Netherlands before his winner against the Czechs and we can be sure he will take any penalties that come the way of Portugal, as well as free kicks from any range.

The other player at the head of the betting is Gomez which is unsurprising considering the Bayern Munich front man also has three goals. However, there is a doubt over whether he’ll line up against Italy in the semi-final on Thursday as Joachim Low’s decision to play Miroslav Klose worked well as Germany scored four goals on their way to a comfortable win over Greece.

Gomez is a 15/8 chance (William Hill) to outscore the competition although it’s possibly dangerous to think this is a two-horse race as someone could still spring from the pack, especially as three Spaniards all have two goals to their name.

Fernando Torres is one such player and the Chelsea front man is a 7/1 chance to finish top of the pile although there is a strong chance that Torres will be warming the bench for the semi-final against Portugal, with Del Bosque seeming to prefer Cesc Fabregas in the false nine position.

Fabregas also has a brace of goals during Euro 2012 and the Barcelona midfielder is a 20/1 chance although we know that the semi-finals and final are likely to be low-scoring affairs, with Italy and Portugal making it difficult for the two favourites that remain in the competition.

Xabi Alonso is the penalty taker for Spain and his late converted spot kick saw the team claim a 2-0 quarter final win over France which could see the former Liverpool man make a late claim for the Golden Boot prize despite largely playing as a holding midfielder.

It looks to be a race between these seven mentioned players and Gomez is probably the best bet as there’s every chance he could be restored to the Germany line-up for a semi-final against an Italy side that are sure to get tired.

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