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World Cup Boost: Balotelli, Benzema and Valencia to score first

| 20.06.2014

With holders Spain crashing out at the earliest opportunity the World Cup is now anyone’s to win and Italy and France are two of the European teams jostling to steal La Roja’s crown.

Their star strikers Mario Balotelli and Karim Benzema are looking to build on impressive starts to fire their nations to glory and both have been boosted to find the net first in their next games by Ladbrokes.

Ecuador ace Enner Valencia has also been given the enhancement treatment and with a £10 bet on all three netting first returning a cool £1,750 there’s never been a better time to get on board!

Mario Balotelli – Was 7/2 NOW 4/1

Controversial Milan star Balotelli has hit the headlines for all the right reasons at the World Cup so far after netting the winner in Italy’s opening game win over England.

The former Manchester City ace has netted 19 times in 41 appearances for club and country this term, with six of those strikes opening the scoring!

Karim Benzema – Was 7/2 NOW 4/1

Benzema has emerged as the stand-out striker for France and after hitting two goals in Les Bleus’ 3-0 stroll against Honduras, including the opener, it’s hard to oppose the real Madrid man netting first again.

A tally of 26 goals in 52 games is impressive when you consider the game time that both Ronaldo and Gareth Bale get at Real and with six of those strikes coming first he has to backed again here.

Enner Valencia – Was 9/2 NOW 6/1

Nowhere near as famous as his Manchester United namesake but Enner Valencia has a keen eye for goal, hitting 18 in just 23 games for Pachuca in Liga MX.

The 25-year-old has five strikes from just 11 caps and is in a rich vein of goalscoring form, netting first in his last two matches against Switzerland and England.

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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.