Now onto the outlandish specials. I think Fred is a good bet for the golden boot, so why not Brazil’s top scorer and the top 30 and over category when many of his main rivals may not play – David Villa is listed at just 8/1.
Asamoah Gyan is the exclusive choice to lead Ghana and while they may exit at the group stage, so too could every team but the Ivory Coast – with Japan no given – so the 9’s on offer for him being the top African goalscorer makes appeal. One goal from Mezut Ozil could be enough to land the top Arsenal goalscorer prize with Podolski and Giroud not assured of places upfront. Sergio Aguero has close competition from Edin Dezko on paper for the top Manchester City striker but is likely to get more games and chances for a longer run. No north-east goalscorer is a tempting 13/8 shot – the bet wins if Remy, Altidore, Ameobi, Sung-Yueng, Sissoko, Debuchy or Tiote fail to net.
As for the top scoring Premier League team, Dezko and Augero could be a powerful combination for Manchester City to overturn Chelsea with those two guaranteed places in their sides along with Yaya Toure coming from midfield. Chelsea have a wide range of chances but possibly less concentrated ones than City, and they make a fair 5/2 shot.
1 pt Fred to be Brazil top scorer (7/2 Coral)
1 pt Fred top over 30’s goalscorer (10/3 Ladbrokes)
1 pt Asmoah Gyan top African goalscorer (9/1 Ladbrokes)
2 pts Sergio Augero top Manchester City goalscorer (8/11 Coral)
1 pt Mezut Ozil top Arsenal goalscorer (5/1 general)
1 pt no North-East goalscorer (13/8 Coral)
1 pt Manchester City top Premier League scoring club (5/2 Skybet)