EURO 2024 SPECIALS

AUTHOR: Lewis Williams

STAR FOOTBALL PREVIEW: EURO 2024 SPECIALS

The 2022 World Cup saw some larger than usual winners in some of the specials markets available. Examples include Gakpo for Netherlands, as well as Goncalo Ramos and Richarlison for their respective nations hitting the net all more than expected, writes LEWIS WILLIAMS.

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TOP NETHERLANDS GOALSCORER

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The top Netherlands goalscorer market is one that first caught my eye and I’m leaning with Cody Gakpo to pick up where he left off in Qatar at a current price of ? to be the Dutch deciding factor. In the most recent season, Cody was the 4th top goalscorer for Liverpool with 8 goals which coupled with 5 assists formed 13 goal contributions in 35 games which was the same number as Luiz Diaz and 6 less than Darwin Nunez.

The Netherlands squad is by no means as gifted in finishing ability and frontline prowess as that Liverpool side though, and he seems to find another gear of goalscoring form in a Netherlands shirt.

Cody was around the 20/1 mark to be the Dutch delight in Qatar, and he paid out his backers in style by scoring in each of the three group stage matches from open play which ended up being enough to seal the deal. That performance in Qatar saw Cody readily come into his own as a top-notch player and was subsequently purchased for a fair 42 million Euros from PSV.

Three goals doesn’t sound like a lot, however, a player on a side that is eliminated early in the playoffs would likely only need that many to be top of the list.

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Main market rival Memphis Depay notched just one goal from five appearances in Qatar and a current price of ? is far too short for a player now aged 30 who has just recorded one of his worst goalscoring seasons with 23 games yielding just five goals and one assist.

Behind Cody on the Qatar list featured the likes of the less-than-inspiring Wout Weghorst, defenders Denzen Dumfries and Daley Blind, and Davy Klaassen which gives you a better picture of potential attacking issues the country could end up facing later in the tournament. 21-year-old Leipzig star Xavi Simons is a fair price at ? , but for a player heading to his first major international tournament in the starting lineup of the Dutch side, I’m happy to stick with the proven Dutch form in Gakpo to reprise his World Cup efforts.


TOP PREMIER LEAGUE GOALSCORER

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The top Premier League goalscorer market is revived for Euro 2024 thanks to the departure of Harry Kane from the best League in the world and they bet 9/2 the field with favourite Kai Havertz installed at ? .

Although Germany had been the subject of a flurry of money in recent weeks to win the competition – now a current price of ? – the shadows of their disastrous Qatar campaign still linger in minds and such a short price for Havertz in that German side doesn’t interest me, despite the obvious home factor.

Two goals against Costa Rica from the bench was Kai’s biggest Qatar moment and although he’ll certainly get more game time than his Middle East trip, fierce competition for goals within that German team with the likes of Wirtz, Gundogan, Musiala, Sane, and Fullkrug all at single figure prices – it would be a huge ask of Kai to top them all, especially when player rotation will almost certainly play a factor.

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Second and third in this market are Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka at ? and ? respectively and have to be avoided for me. England are blessed with an unbelievable squad from midfield upwards in this year’s Euros and although both are obviously fit to be included in the starting 11, Gareth will surely be flip flopping the minutes of both players especially in the group stage. The same can’t be said for Roberto Martinez’s likely positive attitude to Bruno Fernandes who is the bullish selection here.

Both Portugal and England are in groups featuring two triple figure outright teams so there seems to be no obvious goal scoring edge in the context of opposition for an England side famously slow to start and had to settle for a goalless draw against Scotland in this tournament three summers ago.

Despite Ronaldo having just one goal from five appearances in Qatar (two were from the bench) a current price of ? for Portugal could well be justified and his absence from the Premier League makes Bruno a more attractive proposition for Portugal who will surely get all the gametime available. 10 goals and 8 assists from 35 games in this Premier League season was the closest he’s been to his best since an incredible first full season which saw 30 goal contributions from 37 games.

This market in the World Cup was won by Julian Alvaraz on four goals followed by Saka on three and Bruno on 2. Despite those numbers, I expect Bruno, arriving here in full stride to be part of a Portuguese team that will go very close in the outright market and certainly go further than their disgraceful quarter-final loss to Morocco. Bruno can be on penalty duty when required and I’d rather take the bigger ? for the Premier League goalscorer market instead of the ? , not least as he’s likely to be played more than the rotating quad of Joao Felix, Diogo Jota, Goncalo Ramos, and Cristiano Ronaldo.


TOP SPAIN GOALSCORER

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Spanish stalwart Alvaro Morata dominates this market at a favourites’ price of ? and with 15 goals in 32 games for Atletico Madrid this season there’s no knocking his consistency at a ripe enough age of 31. However, at a bigger price, I’m hoping Diego Simeone looks to his youthful talent available to put their dismal World Cup loss to Morocco firmly behind them. Therefore, Lamine Yamal at ? seems a big enough price for a player to the right of Morata and will surely get plenty of the ball.

Although at just 16 years of age with little international experience, Lamine scored 4 in 5 appearances at last year’s U17 Euros and the faith the Barcelona camp has in him speaks for itself. I fully expect him to get group stage gametime and in a tricky group including Italy and Croatia, two or three goals will surely see him go close for this market.

It’s unknown how much gametime Dami Olmo will get for the Spanish side after nursing an injury towards the backend of his Leipzig campaign and although his scoring strike rate has been top tier in recent matches for Spain, four club goals in 21 games and two in 23 last season doesn’t propel him to the top of my mind at a current short enough price of ? .


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