Just one goal behind Michel Platini in the list of all-time European Championship top scorers, Cristiano Ronaldo will need to be at his best to equal the Frenchman’s total of nine when Portugal take on Poland in Thursday’s Euro 2016 quarter-final.
Despite coming under fire for failing to find the net in three of his four appearances at this summer’s competition, the Real Madrid man is still Paddy Power’s 7/2 (4.50) favourite to open the scoring against a team that has conceded just once so far in France.
However, considering he has only struck twice in 12 previous knockout stage matches at major tournaments, the Selecao record goalscorer may seem rather short at 13/10 (2.30) anytime odds.
Instead, Nani’s price of 9/2 (5.50) looks well worth a bet given he has hit the back of the net in two out of the four games so far, and been one the scoresheet in five of his last 11 going further back.
Mainly used as a super sub by Fernando Santos, Ricardo Quaresma is available at 5/1 (6.00) to follow up his match-winning heroics against Croatia last time out with another goal-scoring display in Marseille.
Having failed to find the net at all in this competition, Robert Lewandowski is arguably under greater scrutiny than Ronaldo to finally live up to his well-earned reputation. Nevertheless, the Bayern Munich striker remains the White Eagles’ 9/2 (5.50) favourite to break the deadlock at the Stade Velodrome, and on offer at a mere 7/4 (2.75) to fire a first international goal since last November.
Scorer of the first Polish goal at Euro 2016 with the winner against Northern Ireland, Arek Milik can be backed at 4/1 (5.00) to add to that solitary goal at the best possible time for the tournament’s lowest-scoring quarter finalists.
However, with a goal to his name in each of the last two matches, Jakub Blaszczykowski looks like the value bet from Adam Nawalka’s squad at 11/2 (6.50) anytime odds.
|Nani to score anytime at 9/2 (5.50) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power|