Euro 2020 top scorer odds: Kane eyes final goal to land Golden Boot
The race for the Golden Boot has gone down to the wire with just one game to go and Harry Kane remains firmly in the hunt at 7/2 in the Euro 2020 top scorer odds.
The England skipper scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the extra-time victory over Denmark to sit one behind Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and Czech Republic striker Patrick Schick, who are unable to add to their tallies.
The 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner has one more opportunity to win it for the second successive tournament and you can read about his chances of scoring in Sunday’s final in our Italy v England betting tips.
Ronaldo still leads the race for his first Golden Boot with five goals despite defending champions Portugal being eliminated by Belgium in the round of 16.
Three of his goals came from the penalty spot and his fifth strike of the tournament saw him equal the men’s all-time international goalscoring record with 109 held by Iran’s Ali Daei.
The Juventus striker, who was 12/1 in the Euro 2020 top scorer odds at the start of tournament, shares top spot with Patrik Schick and is 6/4 to keep his nose in front.
Schick was not even considered in our original Golden Boot preview but drew level with Ronaldo on Saturday thanks to a smart finish in a 2-1 quarter-final defeat by Denmark.
The Czechs’ elimination means the Bayer Leverkusen striker can only hope to share the Golden Boot with Ronaldo and possibly one or more of the England players.
Schick is in the frame to win the best goal of the tournament for his wonder strike against Scotland and is 7/4 in the Euro 2020 top scorer odds.
Such was Kane’s poor form during the group phase there was speculation the England skipper could be dropped for the knockout stage, but he has responded in style with four goals in three games to lead England to Sunday’s European Championship final.
The Tottenham striker got the opportunity to put the Three Lions ahead from the penalty spot against Denmark on Wednesday when Raheem Sterling went down in the area. Although his poorly-struck effort was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, he swept home the rebound to spark mass celebrations from players and fans.
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Kane got off the mark with a close-range header to secure a 2-0 victory over Germany in the last 16 and then bagged a brace in the 4-0 quarter-final win against Ukraine, but will he be able to breach Italy’s experienced defence?
He failed to score against Italy in a friendly in Turin six years ago when Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci were in the back line, but they are a lot older now and Kane has since established himself as one of the world’s best strikers.
Sterling had a couple of chances to add to his three goals during the semi-final win against Denmark but he was denied superbly at point-blank range by keeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Moments later he would have turned Bukayo Saka’s low cross into an empty net had Denmark skipper Simon Kjaer not got there first to hand England an equaliser.
Sterling was a threat all night against the Danes but he needs a double to draw level with Ronaldo and Schick which means his price has drifted from 10/1 to 18/1 in the Euro 2020 top scorer odds.
Best of the rest
Italy forwards Ciro Immobile, Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne all have two goals and are priced at 80/1, but to win the Golden Boot they would need to score a hat-trick against an England team that have conceded just once throughout the tournament.
Both of Chiesa’s goals came during the knockout stage and his only hat-trick came for Fiorentina in a Coppa Italia tie against Roma two and a half years ago, so another treble may be expecting too much.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication