It pays to keep an eye on Ladbrokes.com during the 2014 World Cup, as price-boosts on all the big games come in with the regularity of a London bus.
There’s three cracking offers fresh off the presses concerning early opening-round fixtures, with the pick of the bunch involving a seemingly-unwanted Barcelona man primed for a Premier League switch.
The 33, 34 or 35-year-old – to repeat the ‘private’ musings of his former Chelsea and Inter Milan gaffer Jose Mourinho – may have seen a few too many winters by the time he reached Stamford Bridge, but age didn’t affect his deadlock-breaking ability.
Eto’o bagged an impressive seven openers during his sole season in west London and went on to double or treble-up twice.
Cameroon’s finest scored in nine of his 35 games for the Blues and only failed to fire first in two of those, so an extra two points on his price in this market seems somewhat overgenerous.
The man being lined up by Mourinho to replace Eto’o was roundly booed on return to the country of his birth, having snubbed a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Selecao for a spot in his adopted country’s La Seleccion.
After scoring 35 goals in all competitions for new La Liga champions Atletico Madrid last season, with 11 of them opening the scoring in their respective games, Costa won’t be particularly perturbed by the cat-calling and looks a decent bet at boosted odds against the Dutch considering Spain’s less-than-stellar options up front.
Barca’s Manchester United target was generally available at double-figure odds to fire first against England, and duly obliged backers within ten minutes before doubling up at the death of a 2-0 Wembley win.
There’s no such fancy price about the 25-year-old breaking the deadlock against the sub-standard Socceroos, but 5/1 on another Sanchez opener rates cracking value considering Juventus hotshot Arturo Vidal will miss the match through injury.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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