Will be the top scorer at Euro 2016?
Aside from the outright winners market, the race to be the top goalscorer at Euro 2016 is the other market that will dominate the betting landscape prior to the tournament. So with the likes of Germany, Spain and France all expected to do well this summer, who will be the leading marksman come the tournament's end?
With a host of stars on show this summer, it will come as little surprise to see the betting for the Euro's top scorer to feature some of the continents biggest stars. Taking a look at the favourites and at the top of the market are the illustrious names of Cristiano Ronaldo and Thomas Muller. Ronaldo has been a goalscoring machine for Real Madrid since his move to Spain and his career to date can now see him having a legitimate claim as being the greatest footballer Europe has ever produced. For such a long time he received criticism in Portugal for not matching his club standards at international level. However since taking the captain's armband for Portugal, he has drastically improved and once again he will carry the hopes of a nation this summer. Whilst not many people expect Portugal to be among the leading contenders in France, their group containing Austria, Hungary and Iceland looks to be a good opportunity for Ronaldo to amass a healthy tally early doors.
Thomas Muller on the other hand is somewhat of an international tournament specialist. He already has 10 World Cup goals to his name and was on the scoresheet nine times in qualifying for the World champions. Whilst not an out and out striker, Muller always seems to find himself in the right place at the right time and having scored 32 goals in all competitions for Bayern Munich this season, he will come in to the tournament in very good form. With Germany expected to fare well this summer, he may well feature in every game right up to the final. In the eyes of the bookies, there is very little to choose between this pair with Ronaldo available at a best price of 8/1 with William Hill whilst you can get odds of 9/1 on Muller with 888 sport.
Behind those two in the running are a couple of players from host nation France. The French are the favourites for the tournament and thus you would expect them to be firmly amongst the goals. Antoine Griezmann is expected to play wide in a front three for them but with the licence to roam across the frontline. The Atletico Madrid man has emerged as a true star since his switch to the Spanish capital in 2014 and is another player who comes in to the tournament on the back of a very successful season. He is available at 11/1 with 888 sport to win the tournament's golden boot. Olivier Giroud is another French frontman in the running and despite his detractors, the bookies still believe he could be amongst the goals this summer. Acting as the focal point of a fluid France attack, the Arsenal man will certainly get chances and having notched a few times recently in the warm up games, he looks to be in form. Often criticised, Giroud will be desperate to silence his critics and if you think he will do that in the best possible way this summer, you can get odds of 14/1 with Bet365 on him top scoring this summer. Another Frenchman that could be an interesting proposition is Paul Pogba. This tournament will provide the Juventus midfield with the perfect platform to announce himself as a genuine global superstar and acting as the fulcrum of a much-fancied French side, he could well pop up with some important goals. Though not a prolific goalscorer, odds of 100/1 with BetVictor look an attractive proposition.
Whilst logic suggests that someone playing for one of the tournament's favourites are likely to be among the leading scorers, looking further down the list makes for some interesting reading. Much of Wales' play will go through their talisman Gareth Bale and having almost single-handedly dragged his side to the finals, more inspiration will be expected of him this summer. At odds of 50/1 across the bookies he could well be worth an outside punt. Robert Lewandowski will be similarly key to Poland's chances whilst Austria are a potential dark horse this summer and their towering striker Marc Jank could be another solid outside bet at 50/1.