Turning to Group H, this tournament may represent the last chance for football fans to see one of Europe’s great goal scorers on the big stage.
Poland’s Robert Lewandowski has been a star for Bayern Munich and his country for a number of years, but will be close to 30 when this tournament starts. Already Poland’s leading scorer, with 52 goals in 93 games, he banged in a European high 16 goals in qualification.
Drawn into a group which includes Senegal, Colombia and Japan, he is likely to get opportunities to add to that tally.
This is especially so as the World Cup organisers have decreed that video replays will be used to determine controversial decisions. We think this could result in more penalties/free kicks being awarded, something that would benefit Lewandowski.
With this in mind, we like a bet that Paddy Power offers – 10/1 that Lewandowski, Timo Werner, Gabriel Jesus and Lionel Messi each score at least three goals in the tournament (excluding those in penalty shootouts).
Lewandowski we’ve touched on. Of the others, Werner we like for leading goal scorer (World Cup: Time for Timo…), Jesus leads the line for a free scoring and talented Brazil side that we think will go far (World Cup: Boys from Brazil vs Guys from Germany…), and Messi is one of the world’s true talents, who also takes penalties for Argentina.
Recommendation: Lewandowski, Werner, Jesus and Messi all to score at least three goals in the tournament, 1 pt, at 10/1, Paddy Power
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