Euro 2020 begins on Friday, with some of the world’s elite competing for their respective nations. The favourites to win the tournament are France available generally at 9/2, followed by the likes of England and Belgium. In regard to the top goal scorers’ market, Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku is priced as the 6/1 favourite, with Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo among the next best picks. However, one man who is available at a monster price of 40/1 to net the most is France’s Olivier Giroud. With the inclusion of Karim Benzema into Les Blues squad for the first time in over 5 years, many would’ve predicted the Real Madrid man to lead the line – however after being taken off injured earlier this week in a friendly, the number 9 spot may be open to the clinical Chelsea man to take advantage. Giroud has scored 46 times for France in 108 appearances, including scoring two goals as a substitute in their 3-0 victory over Bulgaria on Tuesday, which could be a sign of things to come. The brace means that the Frenchman is just 5 goals off of equalling Theirry Henry’s record of 51 goals for France and with the 34-year-old not getting any younger, this Euro’s may be the last for the Chelsea man – he will therefore be eager to go out on a high and write his name in the history books. Having picked up the Champions League trophy last month with his club side and with France being well fancied to progress far into the competition, there is every chance that Giroud can hit strong form. With the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann around him, the goalscoring opportunities may come thick and fast for Giroud, who has built up a reputation over his career of not need many chances to find the back of the net.
The second outsider with a strong claim is Netherlands’ Memphis Depay, available at a big 18/1 in places. Holland are drawn in group C alongside Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine, meaning an abundance of chances might be likely. North Macedonia are the biggest outsider in the tournament with some bookmakers pricing them up to 750/1, Ukraine and Austria are both around the 100/1 mark for the trophy. The Netherlands have scored 12 goals in their last three games with Memphis himself scoring 5 of these, so the 27-year-old will be coming into the competition full of confidence.
Memphis enjoyed a strong season with Lyon, scoring 22 goals and providing 12 assists in 40 matches – not far off of one goal contribution per game. Another factor which might spur the Oranje forward on is his contract situation, Depay is currently a free agent after his Lyon contract expired. It is thought he is edging closer to a move to Barcelona but PSG are also interested, Memphis will therefore be keen to showcase his talents to try and secure a club for the upcoming season. There is also the bonus of Memphis being the Netherlands penalty taker as well as free kick taker, further increasing his chances to beat his rivals to the sought after golden boot.
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