Euro 2012 Golden Boot updated odds and free bets

After one round of Euro 2012 group matches, there are three players that sit top of the scoring charts, with Alan Dzagoev, Andriy Shevchenko and Mario Mandzukic having all netted a brace for Russia, Ukraine and Croatia respectively in their opening matches

However, it is Mario Gomez who remains favourite to be Top Goalscorer at the European Championship, with the German scoring the winner against Portugal and he has now shortened to a best price 6/1 (BetVictor free bets) to claim the Golden Boot at the end of the tournament.

Gomez is likely to start against Netherlands, although manager Joachim Low was close to substituting the Bayern Munich striker against Portugal before his goal and better value might lie elsewhere.

Dzagoev looked very impressive when scoring twice against CSKA Moscow and the winger-cum-forward will be looking to add to his tally against Poland this evening, with Coral offering a best price 14/1 that the Russian finishes top of the tree.

Mandzukic is slightly bigger at 18/1 (Sportingbet free £50 bet) to claim victory in this market and that’s because the forward will be facing Spain and Italy in his two remaining matches which could be Croatia’s final two games, although this price will seem big if the Croatians do make it to the quarter finals.

Shevchenko wasn’t even favourite to be top Ukraine scorer at this tournament although the 35-year-old showed all his guile to score twice against Sweden and he’s an 18/1 chance to finish top of the scoring charts.

Robert Lewandowski was the big Golden Boot gamble before the start of the tournament and the Pole had his backers celebrating when breaking the deadlock against Greece on Friday, although a Greek equaliser jeopardises the co-hosts chances of qualifying, especially as they face Russia next.

Of the players yet to find the net, Karim Benzema is the shortest price at 14/1, with the Real Madrid front man not getting a sniff against England although that situation might change against Ukraine and Sweden with the striker ploughing a lone furrow but being flanked by Nasri and Benzema.

Robin van Persie drew a blank against Denmark and is now out to 20/1 (Sky Bet) to win the Golden Boot as he did in the Premier League last season. However, his Dutch team could be making a premature exit from the tournament and that is why Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is available at 33/1.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also on the drift to odds of 22/1 and it appears that Portugal’s defensive ways are not going to help their talisman, while Fernando Torres is also out to 25/1 and it’s not certain that the Chelsea man will start any of Spain’s games.

Perhaps Cesc Fabregas is the best Spaniard to back at 25/1 although he is no David Villa and it might be that the goals are spread more evenly around the team.

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