Euro 2016 Golden Boot Award best chances and odds

June 1, 2016

england-kaneThe 2016 UEFA European Championship, or Euro 2016, is set to take place in France from Friday 10th June to Sunday 10th July 2016 and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is favourite to claim the coveted Euro 16 Gold Boot award!

Ronaldo is $7.50 at online bookmaker Sportsbet to score the most goals at Euro 2016 from Germany’s Thomas Muller $9.00 and France’s Antoine Griezmann $10.00.

With so many outstanding footballers on display during Euro 2016, who better to ask for the cream of the crop than the Sportsbet footy analysts.

It’s worth noting that there’s an extra eight teams at Euro 2016, up from 16 to 24, which means a round of sixteen for the first time ever and a few weaker sides to score against.

That means more goals for forwards and more options for punters!

Spain’s Fernando Torres won the Golden Boot four years ago scoring three goals, although he was tied with a number of players on three goals.

Torres won the award with one assist and managing to score all of his goals in just 189 minutes. At Euro 2008, another Spaniard, David Villa, snared the Golden Boot with four goals.

Should we just back another Spanish player this year to score most goals? It has worked the past two tournaments.

The more games a team plays in the tournament, the more chances they have of scoring goals, especially with a star striker on the field.

Find the team you think may win the event and latch on to that team’s major striker for the Euro 16 Golden Boot.

Another thing to look for is if a team is offensive or defensive. Do they go on the attack all the time or do they sit back and wait for a counter attack.

Euro 2004 was taken out by Greece who won it largely due to an artful display of defensive discipline. Their top scorer, Angelos Charisteas, finished the tournament with three goals to his name, two behind Golden Boot winner Milan Barros.

So, which nations scored the most goals during Euro 2016 qualifying, satisfying the mentality criteria?

Poland lead the way with 33 goals, an impressive tally considering they finished second behind Germany in their group.

England were next with 31, while Belgium, Germany and Switzerland all scored 24. Reigning Champions Spain managed 23.

Of the teams mentioned above, Germany $5.00, Spain $6.50, England $9.00 and Belgium $12.00 all have odds that suggest they can win it. You can throw France $4.33 in too as hosts and tournament favourites.

That means there’s a big chance our Golden Boot winner will come from here. Let’s have a look at each side’s biggest goal threat.

Euro 2016 Golden Boot Best

Antoine Griezmann (France)

Playing up front for the host nation and current title favourites will surely give him a great chance of being the top goal scorer, however, will he get the nod to play ahead of Giroud? It’s a close call. Will be looking to make amends after missing out on Champions League glory with Atletico Madrid (where he missed a penalty in the 2nd half). Has scored 7 goals in 26 appearances for his country.

Verdict: Seems to get pushed to the wing for France. A big chance if that changes.

Thomas Muller (Germany)

The German scored 31 goals in 70 appearances for his country including nine in qualifying. The Bayern Munich player will be looking for more goals in the Euros. He has 10 goals at World Cups and was the Golden Boot winner in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Verdict: Massive chance.

Alvaro Morata (Spain)

Could Morata be the third Spaniard in a row to take out the Golden Boot? He’s had a solid season for Juventus where he netted 12 goals in all competitions – but that doesn’t look like it’ll be enough in this company.

Verdict: Stick a fork in him.

Harry Kane (England)

The EPL top scorer this season with 25 goals for Spurs, he’ll be looking to get a few on the board in a relatively easy group. Has scored five goals in 11 appearances for England, including in the recent friendly vs Turkey.

Verdict: Full of confidence, with a young English team in good attacking form. Only doubt is England’s ability to capitulate in tournaments.

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)

The Belgian was in super form for Everton early in the season, though tapered off somewhat late on. Belgium are strong all over the park and should go far in the tournament, but Lukaku has only scored for them twice since the World Cup in Brazil.

Verdict: Solid Nope. Better off looking at Hazard $34 who topped scored in qualifying or De Bruyne $41 for some value.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

A worthy favourite, Ronaldo has scored 56 goals in 125 matches for his country. Despite only playing in six of his Portugal’s qualifying matches, he still scored five goals as Portugal qualified with ease, winning seven of their eight qualifying matches. Fresh from scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League final shootout for real Madrid (he also topped the Champions League goal scoring charts), he’ll be looking to replicate his domestic success with his country

Verdict: If Portugal go deep, it’s Ronaldo’s to lose. Problem is it’s hard to see them getting through the round of 16. Avoid

Robert Lewandowski (Poland)

Was the top goal scorer in qualifying with 13 goals in 10 matches, although six were against Gibraltar. The Bayern Munich striker has scored 34 goals in 75 appearances for Poland, who also scored the most of any nation in qualifying with 33 in total.

Verdict: Poland could well make the quarters. Is that enough games? He’ll be there or there abouts.

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