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World Cup Boost: Van Persie, Sanchez & Mandzukic to score first

| 17.06.2014

The drab 0-0 draw between Iran and Nigeria aside this has been one of the most exciting World Cup tournaments of all time and the joy has been cranked up a notch by Ladbrokes.

With goals flying in from every angle the bookmaker has given a trio of star strikers the Price Boost treatment ahead of the second round of group games.

Holland’s Robin van Persie, Chile’s Alexis Sanchez and Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic have all been enhanced so back these three individually or go for the mouth-watering treble returning £2,200 from a stake of just £10.

Robin van Persie – Was 5/2 NOW 3/1

Van Persie’s season has been hampered by injury but an opening day brace leaves the United man just one goal shy of tournament leader Thomas Muller.

A total of 10 opening goals for club and country this term suggest no one in the Dutch team is better placed to break the duck here.

Alexis Sanchez – Was 7/1 NOW 9/1

Sanchez has been the first goalscorer in a total of nine games for club and country this term but it is his knack for getting Chile off to a flying start that makes him a worthwhile bet here.

The Barca man’s last three international goals have come first in games, including his opening strike in the 3-1 win over Australia last time out.

Mario Mandzukic – Was 4/1 NOW 9/2

After missing Croatia’s opener with Brazil through suspension the Bayern Munich ace will be chomping at the bit to make amends.

Croatia will fancy their chances against Cameroon and with 23 goals for Bayern and his country this term Mandzukic will be the biggest threat.

Eight of his 23 goals have come first in games this year, so count on the 28-year-old to fire his side ahead here.

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

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.