This summer’s FIFA World Cup will have plenty of talent on display – and many of the best attackers on the planet battling it out for the title of the Golden Boot.
With this in mind, we’ve outlined five players who may well be worth a punt when it comes to the top goal scorer title in Russia.
All odds are courtesy of Paddy Power and we reckon one of these five could well be a sure thing come the end of the tournament.
Gabriel Jesus – Brazil (16/1)
Group Opponents: Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia.
The Manchester City striker is a real poacher, and while Neymar will be the one expected to carry Brazil in Russia, Jesus is more than capable of playing his part.
The 21-year-old has 9 goals in 15 appearances for his country, and with Brazil widely expected to come out of the group stages with a 100% record, as well as to go far in the tournament, one would not be surprised to see Jesus bagging 4 or 5 goals along the way.
He is a consistent goal-scorer for both club and country, and when presented with an opportunity – he very rarely squanders it.
At 16/1, he is a more than worthy shout.
Luis Suarez – Uruguay (20/1)
Group Opponents: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt.
While Uruguay may not be the force they once were – they still possess an abundance of talent, with the likes of Suarez and Edinson Cavani among their ranks.
Though they are not expected to achieve much this time around, Suarez could yet bag the title of top goal scorer given the calibre of opponent within the group.
The Barcelona forward is a menace for defenders and could easily score in all of Uruguay’s group games – and should he manage that, it is likely they will qualify for the knockouts.
He is in excellent form for club at present, having bagged 31 goals this season – and at 20/1, Suarez is a real dark horse.
Harry Kane – England (12/1)
Group Opponents: Tunisia, Panama, Belgium.
England may often underperform at big tournaments, as do their star players – but with games against Panama and Tunisia, England captain Kane has the perfect opportunity to set the benchmark for other attackers to reach.
There is no reason why the Spurs striker is not capable of scoring a hat-trick against either opponent, while also possessing the ability to be the difference in their crunch clash with Belgium.
Kane ended the season on a high note with multiple goals and will likely carry that form into Russia.
Should England qualify, as expected, to the latter stages, it is he who will spearhead the challenge. Kane is also likely to take up penalty duty for the Three Lions and, at 12-1, expect him to be well in the mix.
Robert Lewandowski – Poland (33/1)
Group Opponents: Senegal, Colombia and Japan.
The Bayern Munich man was the top scorer in World Cup qualifying, and while Poland likely won’t ruffle too many feathers in Russia, they should get out of their group. Lewandowski will be at the forefront of proceedings.
A clinical striker of his calibre is well worth a shout at high odds of 33/1 and if he is on top form, it will be hard for Senegal, Colombia or Japan to be able to contain his firepower.
41 goals in 48 matches this campaign, it will be a major surprise if Lewandowski does not find the target with some regularity in Group H.
Timo Werner – Germany (14/1)
Group Opponents: Mexico, Sweden, South Korea.
The only sticking point with Werner is whether or not he starts for the reigning champions. Should he do so, one would imagine Germany will occupy the last four, and his contribution will be monumental given his goal-scoring prowess.
The Leipzig man scored 21 goals for his club this season and has a record of 7 goals in 12 appearances for his country.
With Germany taking on Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, they should knock in a few goals in the group stages, and Werner’s name is one likely to occupy the scoreboards.
At 14/1, he is a gamble worth making. He may not be as big a name as the others, but is just as capable of providing when it matters.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena