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Tevez can rescue Premier League’s battered reputation

| 29.06.2010

Following England’s crushing second round defeat to Germany and a string of injuries to its star players, the Premier League is enduring a torrid World Cup.

Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres have both struggled to be match fit, while Michael Ballack and Michael Essien both missed the tournament through injury.

Carlos Tevez, however, is one player who has shone in South Africa. The Manchester City forward has scored two goals so far, and he is 5/4 to be the top Premier League goalscorer at the World Cup.

Tevez’s brace during Argentina’s 3-1 win against Mexico included a spectacular effort from distance, and at 4/1, the 26-year-old could even pip Gonzalo Higuain to be Argentina’s top scorer.

Argentina’s next fixture is a quarter-final showdown with Germany, and Tevez is 6/1 to break the deadlock in that potentially explosive tie.

One player who may have slipped under some people’s radar for this market is Robinho, who is still contracted to Manchester City.

Robinho has been in sparkling form for Brazil, and having opened his World Cup goalscoring account against Chile in the last 16, he is 9/2 to be the leading Premier League scorer in South Africa.

Up next for Brazil will be Holland, who have in their ranks a contender of their own for this special market, Robin Van Persie.

Arsenal striker Van Persie has one strike to his name so far, and he is 9/4 to end the World Cup as the highest scoring player to ply his trade in England.

Brazil, however, could spoil Van Persie’s hopes, as they are 10/11 to knock Holland out at the quarter-final stage.

And should Van Persie exit at the last eight, the race to be top Premier League goalscorer would appear to be between Tevez and Robinho.

Do you think an outsider could pip the favourites? Dirk Kuyt is 7/1 to be the leading Premier League marksman. See the Top Premier League Goalscorer market.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.