The Euro 2020 finals take place in June and July with countries from all over Europe bidding to become champions. It's an open tournament and the same can be said for who will be the top goalscorer. There are some major candidates such as Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku.
The 2016 European Championships saw an average 2.12 goals per game, not the highest of figures. Antoine Griezmaan was the top scorer with six goals. Fast forward two years to the World Cup and the top scorer was Harry Kane with six goals. The England striker scored 12 goals in the Euro 2020 qualifying rounds. That was one more than Israeli striker Eran Zahavi and two clear of Teemu Pukki and Aleksandr Mitrovic.
Just who will be the top scorer in Euro 2020? A team that goes deep in the tournament is likely to produce the winner. Players such as Pukki and Mitrovic may do well but are likely to only be playing three group matches. Let's look at the contenders for the top scorer at Euro 2020.
Follow these rules when considering a top goalscorer bet:
- How fit is your selection for this month-long tournament?
- Have they been in good form in the latter part of their domestic season?
- Are they likely to play a lot of games in this tournament or see their country be knocked out early on?
- Have they got a good track record in major tournaments?
- Do they take penalties?
Kane Looks a Great Bet
Harry Kane is a major candidate to be the top goalscorer at Euro 2020. As we've just mentioned, the Tottenham striker scored more goals than any other player in the qualifying rounds. He was the top scorer at the World Cup and has been in good form with his club side in recent weeks.
England should have little difficulty in making it to the knock-out stages. That means more games for Kane to be playing and more chances to be scoring goals. With a month of the seson remaining, he's one short of 30 goals in all competitions for Tottenham this season. Kane is pretty good at assists too, so it is vital that he stays fit. If that is the case then a bet on him at current odds of 6/1 at William Hill to be top scorer at Euro 2020 has a good chance of success, even if England don't lift the trophy.
Lewandowski A Possibility If Poland do well
Robert Lewandowski has had another prolific season with Bayern Munich. He has to be considered for the top scorer at Euro 2020 as he's always capable of scoring a hat-trick in a game. Hopefully, he will be fit and ready to go but the Polish striker isn't the strongest candidate to be top scorer.
Why? Well it all depends on how well Poland do in this tournament. They didn't make make it out of their group at the last World Cup. In this tournament, they face Spain, Sweden and Slovakia in their group, not the easiest of draws. The longer Poland stay in the tournament (third in their group could see them reach the knock-out stages), the higher the chance that Lewandowski could top the goalscoring chart. You can get 25/1 on him being top scorer, if Poladnd do well, those odds will plummet.
Lukaku Always a Threat
Romelu Lukaku ticks all the boxes required for a potential top scorer. He's been in fantastic form for Inter all season and looks like helping them to the Serie A title. He's had success with Belgium too with seven goals for them since last September. Lukaku takes penalties for Belgium and that is always useful for this kind of bet.
Belgium play Denmark, Finland and Russia in their group, so there could be a fair few goals scored there. They are strong candidates to lift the trophy, so lots of games for Lukaku to potentially score in. Another advantage he may have is Inter's early exit from European competitions. He won't have been playing as many games as some of his rivals. 8/1 on the Belgian striker looks a good bet and there are quarter the odds on finishing in the top four, don't forget that option.
Don't Rule Out Ronaldo
IIt is almost inevitable that this will be the last European Championship finals for Cristiano Ronaldo. He is still a top class player and always capable of scoring goals. He's over the 30 mark for goals this season and has four in his last seven games for Portugal. Ronaldo is playing for the defending champions here and they have a strong squad. They need one though with a group that sees them facing France, Germany and Hungary. If Portugal get out of that group and Ronaldo is in form, then he could well be a good bet here and is around 9/1 to score more than any other player.
Mbappe Could Go Well
Could this be the tournament in which Kylian Mbappe steals the show? He's had a good season for PSG (will he still be playing for them when Euro 2020 begins?) and is part of a talented French side that are the current world champions. Mbappe has scored over 30 goals this season and is always a threat, whether it be playing for his club or his country.
Again, you need to take into consideration the difficult draw that France have. They can finish third and still probably qualify, so Mbappe in form has to be a leading contender.
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