While the most popular antepost markets are Winner and Top Goalscorer, there is more value to be found when the bookies show some flair and offer markets such as top Premier League goalscorer, which has seen Robin Van Persie heavily backed.
Top Premier League Goalscorer
Some might say that the 9/2 (Coral free bets) about the Dutchman is buying money considering that he can be backed each-way and punters will get ¼ odds for the first three places. Therefore, two goals scored will probably be enough to see some kind of return on your investment.
Van Persie is a magnificent striker who finished top of the Premier League scoring charts for Arsenal last season, although he only managed one goal during the 2010 World Cup and seems to play as a foil for the national side rather than be the attacking focal point of the team.
Even so, there doesn’t appear to be too many opponents for RVP in this market and perhaps it could pay to consider Nikica Jelavic at odds of 20/1 (Paddy Power free £100 bet). The Everton forward enjoyed an excellent season at Ibrox before switching to Goodison and looks set to start for Croatia in all three Euro 2012 matches.
Fernando Torres is available at 10/1 (Betfred) although the jury’s out on whether the Chelsea forward will get much game time ahead of Fernando Llorente, while Mario Balotelli is completely unpredictable as are his Italy team who were trounced 3-0 by Russia in a warm-up match and appear vulnerable defensively.
Top Manchester City and Manchester United Goalscorer
Mario Balotelli is the unsteady favourite to be top Manchester City scorer at Euro 2012 and it’s your call whether the 6/4 (Paddy Power) represents a value proposition, with the striker likely to get the nod in attack for Italy although whether he can make an impact against Spain, Ireland or Croatia remains to be seen.
Not that he has a great deal of competition in this market, with club team-mate David Silva set to be facing Balotelli in the opening game of the tournament, while Samir Nasri is the other player thought to stand a chance at odds of 4/1 (Ladbrokes). Perhaps it’s a three horse race considering that James Milner is unlikely to find the net, although No City Goalscorer looks a decent shout at 7/1.
Top Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Goalscorer
Paddy Power are out to take on Robin van Persie with their 4/6 quote compared to the 4/9 on offer with bet365, although it remains to be seen whether the Netherlands formation is conducive to the Dutchman scoring at that same prolific rate enjoyed at Arsenal.
Perhaps Lukas Podolski is a viable alternative if he gets the nod in the Germany side at odds of 10/3 (Betfred), especially as the new Gunners signing could potentially play more games than RVP in the tournament, while some bookies also offer odds on Andrei Arshavin despite the winger’s move to Zenit.
Meanwhile, the top Chelsea scorer market is fascinating and features Fernando Torres at odds of 8/11 (Coral) although there is no certainty that he will start for Spain and it appears that Vicente del Bosque will instead opt for Llorente which could mean a nervous situation for anyone backing El Nino.
Again, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that no Chelsea scorer is worth a nibble at 11/2 when you consider Frank Lampard is ruled out of proceedings and that Juan Mata might struggle to break into a side which features David Silva, Iniesta, Xavi, Fabregas and Pedro.
Finally, top Tottenham goalscorer looks to be a toss-up between no scorer, Rafael van der Vaart and Jermain Defoe, although perhaps Croatian pair Luka Modric and Niko Kranjcar will have a thing or two to say about that.
No Spurs scorer is a 9/4 chance and Van der Vaart could be the biggest danger to that happening but there is a question mark over where he fits in when RVP and Huntelaar might play as twin strikers and then there is Wesley Sneidjer and Arjen Robben trying to fit into the side for the Netherlands.