The World Cup qualifiers return again tonight, and there looks to be some tremendous value in terms of the scorers market.
With many games looking set to be one-sided affairs, i.e Germany (1/50) and Holland (1/4), it looks set to pay to side with the better value of the any-time scorer markets.
Our first scorer we hope will hit the back of the net is the in-from Welshman Gareth Bale. After coming off at half-time in their victory over Scotland, he will be in peak condition to take on a strong Croatian side.
Luca Modric ran the show the last time the two sides met, in what was a comfortable 2-0 win for Croatia. However now the Welsh have picked up a bit of form, and with it the self-belief they can actually qualify from the group.
They know a victory is imperative to any lingering chances they do have, and with skipper Ashley Williams issuing a rally call for the Welsh players to deliver, it looks up to their talisman Bale to lead the line.
He is sure to have a number of set-pieces tonight, with the rough and ready style of tackling the Croatians are likely to launch in an attempt to stop his mazy runs, and with his brilliant free-kick technique, he should be able to take advantage.
The 5/2 on offer for the Welsh wizard to hit the back of the net at any point during the 90 minutes has to be added to any acca.
The next likely looking scorer is Stefan Jovetic for Montenegro. England’s defence has been called into question as of late, and with the exception of San Marino, they never look to assured in their own defensive third.
Jovetic is a class-act and his goal scoring record on the International stage only backs up his future Premiership credentials. Having scored 10 goals in 24 games at the highest level for his country, he has proven he can do it at the toughest levels. This accompanied by his 12 goals in 24 games in Serie A for Fiorentina this season, has brought him into the limelight for a potential move to Arsenal in the summer.
He will be out to prove he can do it against English opposition, and move one step closer to finalising his move to Arsenal. Expect a big display from the striker, and it would be no surprise to see him have enough creative ability to cause the makeshift centre-half duo problems all evening.
The 7/2 on offer for him to score any-time looks massive, and this means he is better value than his likely strike-partner Mirko Vucinic, who is a lot shorter in the betting.
The third and final member of our any-time scorer treble is Karim Benzema.
The Real Madrid man knows what it takes to get the better of the Spanish defence, as he plays against them week in week out in La Liga. His pace and power constantly cause defences trouble, and with the Spanish national side flopping on Friday evening, only managing a draw at home to Finland, now’s the best time to play them.
They are beginning to feel the pressure of qualification, and Spain know if they don’t win tonight, they will be in real danger of finishing behind France in the group, and have to go through the play-offs.
This means they are likely to attack this evening, which will play into France’s counter-attacking style’s strengths, and allow Benzema to have direct runs at the rather slow Spanish centre-halves.
If he manages to get a clear run, his natural finishing ability will see him get on the score-sheet at least once and the 9/4 on offer, again looks too big to ignore.
France come into the game on a high, after easily dispatching Georgia 3-1, in what had the potential to be a tricky encounter. The creativity of Ribery, Matuidi and Valbuena was key in the victory, and if Benzema is given the same service tonight, he is sure to hit the back of the Spanish net.
1 point: Bale/Jovetic/Benzema any-time scorer treble @ 50.18/1 (BetVictor)