Euro 2012 Golden Boot latest odds, news and free bets

Only one of sixteen teams can win Euro 2012, although there are many more runners when it comes to the Golden Boot, with two or three players from some nations capable of scoring the four or more goals required to be Top Goalscorer

David Villa has been the player to back in the past two tournaments, although the Barcelona forward will miss the European Championship through injury and Mario Gomez is instead at the head of the market despite a Champions League final to forget.

The Bayern Munich forward has never shone in a major tournament although one can’t quibble with the 40+ goals scored domestically this season and there will be plenty of backers at 8/1 (Paddy Power free bets) that he tops the scoring charts in Poland and Ukraine.

Not that he’s the only German in with a chance, considering that Thomas Muller scored for fun at the 2010 World Cup and the forward also broke the deadlock for Bayern against Chelsea, proving that he can be the man for the big occasion. His odds of 25/1 (Bet365) seem far more generous than Gomez’s based on his achievements in South Africa.

Lukas Podolski is the third Germany player to consider, someone who will be turning out for Arsenal next season and often seems to raise his game for the national team, with odds of 28/1 available about the forward.

Much depends on which team you think will make lots of progress at this tournament and Robin van Persie will be a popular selection based on the fact that he won the Premier League Golden Boot last term. The Dutchman is an 11/1 shot although he is involved in a tough group.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also involved in Group B with Portugal and perhaps looks worth swerving even at odds of 14/1 (Paddy Power bookmaker) and despite the fact that his goals have been torrential for Real Madrid all season.

Perhaps it will pay to look outside the first three in the betting who will all face each other at the group stage and Karim Benzema might have more joy in games against England, Sweden and Ukraine. The Frenchman is a 16/1 chance (Paddy Power £200 free bets) and also part of a well-oiled machine under Laurent Blanc.

Fernando Torres is a 20/1 chance, although it is compatriot Fernando Llorente on offer at a shorter price and likelier to start the opening game of Euro 2012, with Vicente del Bosque favouring one attacking player being flanked by Pedro and David Silva.

There has been money for Robert Lewandowski in the lead-up to this tournament and the Pole is now a best price 25/1 having been 40/1 at the beginning of May, with his hat-trick for Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich in the German Cup final alerting many to his abilities.

Mario Balotelli looks to be the main man for Italy and is on offer at 28/1 with Stan James to land the Golden Boot, while England’s Wayne Rooney is a 40/1 chance on account of the fact he will be suspended for the opening two matches of the tournament.

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