Euro 2012 Top Goalscorer markets busy as Golden Boot adds to excitement

With Euro 2012 now underway, there is plenty of discussion with regards to which players are going to light up the tournament, as Paddy Power report free bets and increase activity on the Golden Boot, or Top Goalscorer  odds markets at Euro 2012.

As ever, the main attention will be on the strikers. After all, goals win matches and heroes can be created if they manage to score a crucial goal or two in a major tournament.

So, as far as the top goalscorer betting goes, how are things looking on the eve of the action getting underway in Poland and Ukraine?

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Well, one man who has had his odds shortened in recent weeks is Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker carries the hopes of the co-hosts and with home advantage, he could find himself in the goals.

Another mover in the last week or so and a much discussed contender for the top goalscorer berth is Karim Benzema.

The French forward scored two against Estonia in the final warm-up game and with France looking extremely good going forward, the Real Madrid man appears to be a decent shout to lead the way this summer.

In the end though, it could all come down to the leading contenders. The likes of Mario Gomez and Robin Van Persie are fully expected to be in the goals this month and with their teams likely to progress to the latter stages, they could be high on the list.

Another outsider for the top goalscorer position could be Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He is widely considered as one of the best strikers around and with Kim Källström – who had the joint most assists in Euro 2012 qualification – pulling the strings behind him, he should get plenty of chances.

In the end though it could come down to which teams progress to the semi-final and beyond. This is why the likes of Van Persie, Gomez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Fernando Torres are major contenders.

As for England, they don’t have anyone in the top of the betting for top goalscorer, with Andy Carroll – who isn’t even certain to start against France in the opening game – the most likely for Roy Hodgson’s men.

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