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Reliable Man United man given super price boost in Brazil

| 13.06.2014

He may have set his sights on playing 12 more years of professional football, but Robin van Persie surely can’t have many more World Cups in him after the 2014 Brazilian extravaganza.

The 30-year-old gets his campaign underway when Holland face Spain in a repeat of the 2010 final, and both he and Ladbrokes customers can get their finals off to a flying start should he bag the game’s first goal.

That’s because the Manchester United man is the lucky recipient of Ladbrokes’ Superboost for day two of the tournament, meaning his price to break the deadlock against Iker Casillas and co is doubled from 6/1 to 12/1.

As part of the offer though, such an inflated price will only be available once the day’s first match, Mexico v Cameroon, kicks off and will end as soon as that game’s first goal flies in.

Either way, such plump odds on a proven goalscorer shouldn’t be ignored and Van Persie carries extremely pleasing first-goal form into the encounter to help convince fence-sitters which side they should hop on to.

Van Persie, who has scored 43 times in 84 appearances for his country, broke the deadlock in Red Devils games six times last season, which accounted for half of his 12 goals in the Premier League that term.

In the previous campaign, eight of Arsenal’s former goal-getter’s 26 top-flight strikes came as the first in proceedings, while the 10 he managed in his final season with the Gunners was a Premier League high.

Having scored twice in the last three Holland games, putting the scoreboard to work in the recent Ghana game by registering what was to be the only goal of the game after five minutes, the Rotterdam native is clearly in the kind of form first-goalscorer backers simply can’t overlook.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.