Bayern Munich hotshot boosted to strike first blow v hosts

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After the start Thomas Muller made to the World Cup this summer, there would have likely been more than a few notes fluttered on the Bayern Munich man to be the tournament’s top scorer.

His hat-trick against Portugal took him to the top of the tree, scoring wise, and has largely kept him in the running for the Golden Boot award (he’s 9/2 to win it), even though he’s managed just one more goal from the next four outings.

It’s high time that the 24-year-old returned to net-bulging ways and couldn’t have a better opportunity to do so when his German side take on the hosts Brazil in the World Cup semi finals.

If the timing seems perfect for Muller to relocate his scoring shoes, then it’s even better for Ladbrokes customers to back the West German native to score the first goal of the game.

Muller was 11/2 to get the scoreboard rolling in the semi-final against Brazil, but is now an extremely enticing 7/1 with the bookie.

Six of the Bayern man’s 21 international goals have opened the scoring, including half of his tally in this tournament. In fact, the forward now has four World Cup deadlock-breakers on what is a glittering CV.

A further boost to this bet is the fact that Germany have made a habit out of striking first, doing so five times in their last six outings as well as in eight of their last 11.

However, Brazil haven’t been particularly easy to score first against over a recent run of spectacular form, so Muller and co will have to be at their sharpest to land these enhanced odds.

Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side have conceded the first goal just three times over the course of the last 15 games, in which they’ve failed to win just twice.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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