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Euro 2004 Bets: Props, Part II

Who will be Euro 2004’s leading scorer? We’ve compiled a list of contenders, as well as players to avoid. Some choices might surprise you, but ignore them at your peril. 

Thierry Henry (6:1): He led France in scoring during qualifying with eight goals. But David Trezeguet was a close second with six, and that’s solid evidence France’s goals will be split between the two strikers. Considering France’s pathetic opposition in qualifying, expecting Henry to be as prolific against Europe’s finest is a big stretch at these odds. Avoid.

Ruud van Nistelrooy (8:1): The only thing RVN’s got going for him is he’s a penalty taker. But, as we said before, this Dutch team will not go far in this tournament and van Nistelrooy’s clashes with his coach and teammates are a big reason why. These odds are awful value, especially since Ruud’s got no chance. Avoid.

Christian Vieri (9:1): While it’s easy to see Italy winning Euro 2004, it’s harder to imagine them scoring bucket loads of goals. In any case, Vieri won’t score all of Italy’s goals, and he’s poor value to be the tournament’s leading scorer. If you must have a bet on an Italian, take Antonio Cassano (50:1). He’s had an excellent season, and if given enough playing time Cassano could really stand out at Euro 2004.

David Trezeguet (10:1): He’ll split his goals with Henry, making neither one a serious contender for leading scorer. Avoid.

Pedro Pauleta (12:1): He was fourth leading scorer at the 2002 World Cup. He’s Portugal’s only natural striker, and will get most of their goals since he plays alone up front. Playing at home will be a huge boost for Pauleta and his country, and Portugal could go all the way. The price is a bit shorter than we’d like, but still decent value and a good bet.

Michael Owen (14:1): Owen is a streaky player. He’d be a risky choice for top goalscorer even if he were at the top of his game. Plus, England don’t have to rely on him for goals. If you really fancy a bet on an Englishman, take Wayne Rooney (40:1). Although he had a disappointing season with Everton, the seventeen-year-old has excelled at the national team. Euro 2004 could be his time to shine.

Patrick Kluivert (16:1) and Roy Makaay (20:1): Even if Holland can get their act together, it would be foolish to expect any Dutchman to lead Euro 2004 in scoring. With such depth up front, goals will likely be divided among Kluivert, Makaay and van Nistelrooy. Avoid all three.

Fernando Morientes (20:1): He missed most of Spain’s qualifying matches, which explains the high price. But the coach was impressed with him at Monaco this season so Morientes will definitely be included in the starting eleven. His three goals at the 2002 World Cup prove that Morientes can perform at this level. The only worry is how far Spain can go in this tournament. If they manage to do well, Morientes will be the reason why. He’s a smart pick, and good value too.

Francesco Totti (25:1): A natural playmaker, Totti will set up Vieri and Cassano more often than scoring goals himself. The only reason Totti is priced so short is his name recognition. Avoid.

Kevin Kuranyi (39:1): Despite a string of awful results recently, the Germans are known to pull together when it counts. They finally have a real striker in Kuranyi, and if they make the late stages of Euro 2004, he could easily be the tournament’s leading scorer. And what a price!

Jan Koller (40:1): He was the Czech Republic’s go-to guy in qualifying, scoring eight important goals. He’s their main penalty taker, and the country’s leading scorer. The Czech coach rarely rotates players, so expect Koller to feature in all their games. The Czech’s have a strong team, fully capable of winning this tournament. If they do, Koller will lead the way. It would be a mistake not to like him at this amazing price.

Jon Dahl Tomasson (50:1) and Ebbe Sand (100:1): Tomasson is Denmark’s number one striker and main penalty taker. He was third in scoring at the 2002 World Cup. Sand is in excellent form this year. The Danes won this thing in 1992, and these two could help them do it again.

Henrik Larsson (50:1) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (66:1): Larsson was Sweden’s highest scorer at World Cup 2002 with three goals. Zlatan is always a threat too. Since Sweden is a high scoring team, don’t be surprised if one of these two takes the prize even if the Swedes only make the semi-finals.

Dimitar Berbatov (125:1): With five goals in qualifying, he is the best Bulgarian striker coming into Euro 2004. If the Bulgarians can pull off another spectacular run like at USA ’94, they won’t do it without Berbatov. And with odds in the three-digit range, it’s worth putting at least some small change on this guy.

So there you have it. Pauleta, Morientes, Kuranyi and Koller make the short list. These four have a combination of the best chance and the best value to be leading goalscorers at Euro 2004.

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