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Real Madrid star among four to receive price boost

| 26.06.2014

USA v Germany – Gotze to score 1st. Was 5/1, NOW 6/1

The Bayern Munich youngster has already opened his World Cup account with the first goal of the game against Ghana last time out.

Often used in the ‘false nine’ role, Gotze’s talent for the finding the net can’t be ignored. He’s bagged 47 senior goals in 159 appearances, while the 22-year-old has a further 10 in 31 outings for his country.

Portugal v Ghana – C. Ronaldo to score 1st. Was 3/1, NOW 7/2

If the USA and Germany share the spoils, then Ronaldo will continue the trend of Ballon d’Or holders failing to win the World Cup the year after winning the coveted gong.

The former Manchester United man will hope for a German win and a flurry of Portuguese goals in order to overhaul both the Americans and his own country’s -4 goal difference. If he’s in the mood then this boosted price to bag the first is very appealing.

Korea Republic v Belgium – Lukaku to score 1st. Was 9/2, NOW 11/2

Although Lukaku has started both of Belgium’s previous two Group H matches, he’s been hauled off before the hour mark both times and hasn’t scored.

With the pressure off and qualification to the last 16 secure, Lukaku could finally register a goal on the World Cup stage, although whether he’ll be able to do so from the start of the game remains a question.

Algeria v Russia – Kokorin to score 1st. Was 11/2, NOW 6/1

Kokorin has started both of Russia’s previous matches but, like Lukaku, hasn’t scored. Russia need a win to guarantee knockout World Cup football and, after 10 goals in 23 appearances for Dynamo Moscow last season, the 23-year-old is still best placed to get the scoring underway for Fabio Capello.

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Matt Wiggins

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