Euro 2020: 100/1 Shots Boost
You guys loved my first one so I thought why not do another… This bet expires 8pm Friday night when Italy kick-off the Euro’s vs Turkey.
Back Memphis Depay, Ciro Immobile, Christian Eriksen & Ferran Torres each to have 8+ shots on target in the tournament @ 100/1 with Betfair
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Many still associate Memphis Depay with his underwhelming spell at Manchester United 5 years ago but the Lyon captain has come an awful long way since then. If rumours are to be believed then Depay is on the verge of signing a 3 year deal with Spanish giants Barcelona and will be an integral part of Ronald Koemans plans next season.
He has been fantastic for both club and country since moving to France back in 2017 and his goalscoring record in recent years is truly exceptional. Seventy-six goals in 178 appearances, including six last season in the Champions League, as Lyon made a surprise run to the semi-finals. This season, they briefly threatened a title charge with Depay a key player in formidable Lyon frontline.
He is also now scoring regularly for the National team with 26 goals to his name at a rate of a little under a goal every two games. He is expected to be the key forward player for the Dutch and the main source of goals and many bookmakers have him priced at around the fourth favourite to be top scorer in this summer’s tournament. Holland have a massive advantage in that all their group stage games are to be played in Amsterdam and I don’t see them having any issue in going through the group stages and making at least the quarter finals. He averaged an impressive 1.39 shots on target per 90 for Lyon this season and with group games against relative minnows North Macedonia and Ukraine to face I expect Depay to have few issues in getting the 8+ shots on target we need here.
The Italians despite not massively fancied by the bookmarkers are quite possibly the most in-form team going in to the tournament. They kick things off in Rome against Turkey on a 27 match unbeaten run with Roberto Mancini having completely turned around the fortunes of the national team in recent years. They like Holland have the advantage of all their group games being played in Rome which again offers them a distinct advantage and I have few worries about their prospects of qualifying from Group A and going deep in to the competition.
In Ciro Immobile they have one of the most consistent goalscorers in Europe over the past 3-4 years or so. He has bagged an incredible 123 goals in 177 appearances in his five seasons in Rome and although his international strike rate a little less prolific, I think this is the summer that he stars. That averages out at an average goal to game ratio of 0.70 since 2016 and with the games to be played at the Olimpico, his home ground I fully expect him to flourish! He will likely be on spotkick duty as the most natural player to take up the central role in Mancini’s adventurous 4-3-3 formation.
He averages nearly 4 shots per game for Lazio this season with 1.39 landing on target per 90. The Italians are stacked with creative talent and I expect Immobile to be afforded plenty of goalscoring opportunities this summer. The Italians should go deep in to the tournament (at least the quarter-finals) and 8+ shots on target shouldn’t be too much to ask for from a striker of his talent.
Eriksen will captain the Danes this summer who have been tipped by many to be the tournaments dark horses and to be fair it is hard to disagree. They are pitted in group B, a group I fully expect them to qualify from alongside Belgium. The route to the semi-finals on paper should be as straightforward as they come for the Danes with knockout games likely to be against Turkey/Switzerland and then a quarter final tie against Holland/Austria meaning they ‘should’ avoid any of the big guns until the semi-finals. They also have the distinct advantage of having all their group games being played in Copenhagen. Denmark are a team with all the attributes to go well this summer.
Eriksen has struggled somewhat at club level with Inter Milan but did play his way in to Antonio Conte’s thinking towards the latter stages of the season as they went on to win the Scudetto. He is undoubtedly the heartbeat of this Danish team though with everything coming through the skipper from a creative point of view. The extra responsibility seems to suit him and his goalscoring record since the end of World Cup 2018 is pretty exceptional with 13 goals in 24 appearances. He will be on all the set-pieces due to his exceptional right foot and is sure to get plenty of shooting opportunities from both freekicks and penalties further adding to the possibility of shots on target.
Denmark have actually lost just two of their last 34 competitive games in 90 minutes and their squad has a mix of genuine quality combined with strong and physical defensive foundations. They should go deep in the tournament and will look to their main man Eriksen to produce the goods from an attacking sense. He is given the freedom to roam in the number 10 position behind the main striker and I feel he should be afforded plenty of shooting opportunities from both open play and of course from set pieces. He averages well over a shot on target per 90 for the National team across the past two years with the most recent calendar year one of his most prolific in terms of goals as well as a very healthy 1.43 shots on target per 90. He is another player who I really fancy to have a strong tournament and 8+ shots on target shouldn’t be too difficult given his exceptional shooting technique.
We round things up with Spanish forward Ferran Torres who is tipped for big things this summer as the Spanish look to win their fourth European Championship which would make them the most successful team in the competitions history. The Man City winger showed glimpses of what he could do in England this season and finished this campaign with a very respectable 13 goals despite being predominately a bench player for the English Champions. He has however proved himself to be vitally important for the Spaniards and despite being just 21 will be one of the first names on the team sheet for Luis Enrique this summer.
His goalscoring record for the Spanish is superb with 6 goals in his 11 caps to date including a stunning hattrick in the 6-0 drubbing of Germany back in November of last year. Many tip him to be the main goalscoring threat for the Spanish this summer with the far from clinical Alvaro Morata expected to play as the Spanish number 9.
Despite being written off by many the Spaniards should still have a strong tournament. Again they are helped by home advantage with all their group games to be played in Seville so will be familiar surroundings for many of the squad. Spain have actually averaged the most shots per game and highest average possession of any side participating in the Euros over the past 5 years which shows they are still a very dominant team. Torres averaged around a shot on target per 90 for City this season as well as averaging around 1.7 per 90 for the Spanish National team across his 11 caps. He finished the season very strongly for City and I am expecting big things from him this summer.