As Greece proved back in 2004, you do not necessarily need to be prolific goalscorers to win the European Championships.
That unexpected triumph 12 years ago was followed by back-to-back wins for Spain, yet La Roja come into the latest edition of the tournament with a few questions marks about their capacity in the final third. Vicente del Bosque's side lacks a proven, consistent goalscorer and while they will surely enjoy plenty of possession and create chances, will they be clinical enough in front of goal?
The highest scoring member of the current Spain squad is David Silva, with his record of 24 goals in 99 caps an impressive haul. The Manchester City man scored the last of those goals against South Korea in a 6-1 friendly win on June 1 and Silva is almost certain to start the opening game against Czech Republic. He can be backed at 15/8 (2.88) with Paddy Power to score at any time, and the way Spain are likely to play, any of their front three has an almost equal chance of scoring.
The central striker role is likely to be played by Alvaro Morata who scored seven goals in 34 Serie A appearances for Juventus this season and who has netted three times in nine caps for his country. The 23-year-old is the shortest priced player in Paddy Power's market to score at 10/11 (1.91) alongside Athletic Bilbao striker Artiz Aduriz who is the other option for Del Bosque up front. Aduriz, 12 years Morata's senior, enjoyed his best ever season with the Basque outfit netting 33 goals, yet he is likely to be used as an alternative from the bench.
Meanwhile, Celta Vigo forward Nolito has impressed since forcing his way into the side, and the 29-year-old is likely to be extremely dangerous cutting inside from the left flank. Nolito is blessed with exceptional dribbling ability and a magnificent shot and scored superb goals against both Barcelona and Real Madrid during the Liga season, while for his country he has netted four times in the last three friendlies.
Priced at 13/10 (2.30) to find the back of the net once more in Toulouse, Nolito looks a good bet to score, while those punters interested in backing a player from the Czech Republic will find giant Slavia Prague striker Martin Skoda at 7/2 (4.50) while veteran Arsenal midfielder and team captain Tomas Rosicky can be backed at 10/1 (11.00).
|Nolito to score at anytime at 13/10 (2.30) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power|