We take a look at the Golden Boot betting market following the first round of games at this summer's Euro 2020. We dig into the pre-tournament favourites, as well as who may be on the radar following a good first game.
Euro 2020 is well and truly underway with the first round of group matches now in the bank, and we have a picture of how the Golden Boot market is likely to play out.
Online bookmaker Betway has already got this discussion underway with an informative piece on who will be lethal inside the six-yard box.
Every team has now played at least one game, and although it comes as no surprise, I think it is safe to say that both Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo will be in the mix come the end of the campaign.
Belgian striker Lukaku has moved to the favourite at 5/2 to walk away with the Golden Boot after helping himself to a brace in their opening match against Russia as they ran out 3-0 winners.
The Inter Milan frontman only had two shots on target in the whole 90 minutes against Russia, and they both went in. That shows how clinical he is in front of goal. If he can repeat that against Finland and Denmark, then I cannot see anyone beating him.
Despite being 36 years of age, Ronaldo, once again, showed the world that he shouldn’t be underestimated. Yes, he gets frustrated and angry with his teammates when he doesn’t get the ball – Diogo Jota found that out against Hungary – but there is a reason for that.
Ronaldo scores goals.
He grabbed his first of the tournament from the penalty spot in the 87th minute before adding a second in injury time following a neat passing move with Rafa Silva.
The longer Portugal are in the tournament, the chances of Ronaldo adding to his tally is very high, and with odds of 9/2 to win the Golden Boot, he is worth a shot.
Before the tournament started, all eyes were on England captain Harry Kane adding the Golden Boot to the one he won at the 2018 World Cup, but I think there will be a surprise package when it comes to the Three Lions.
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling always seems to be heavily criticised for not scoring enough for England, and up until last Sunday, he had not scored in a major tournament.
Well, he put an end to that against Croatia with a sublime finish after being put through on goal by Kalvin Phillips. You could see the relief and delight in his face when the ball hit the back of the net.
His confidence will be through the roof now, and I believe he will be the first choice for Gareth Southgate for the remainder of the tournament. All good strikers go through a bad run of form. Hopefully, Sterling has had his, and he goes on to find the back of the net frequently from now on. Backing him at 25/1 is not the worst idea in the world.
I have covered the players who scored goals in the tournament, but what about the ones who failed to score in the opening matches – are they still capable of catching up the leaders?
Kylian Mbappe is an amazing talent, and he did get the ball in the back of the net before it was ruled out for offside. My problem with Mbappe is that he tries to beat his man four times before getting a shot away, he should just let fire when he sees sight of the goal – if he does that then the goals will start to come.
Spain’s Gerard Moreno is still available at 40/1 to finish the tournament as the leading goalscorer. He might have only got 16 minutes of action in their 0-0 draw against Sweden, but he did create a couple of chances and was unlucky to score.
Moreno should start their next game against Poland, and the way the Poles defended against Slovakia, I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a couple of goals to get his goal campaign started.