While it is a Senegalese striker topping the scoring charts at the Games, Adam Bate still thinks he could be caught if Mano Menezes' Selecao get on a rollSenegal striker Moussa Konate is the best-placed of the top scorer hopefuls in the men's Olympic competition with four goals in just three games so far.
But, curiously, there are good prices still available for the two players chasing Konate down - simply because their teams are not fancied to get past the quarter-final.
Three-goal Jerry Bengtson of Honduras can be backed at 9/1 (10.0) with Paddy Power because his team face favourites Brazil on Saturday.
While few expect Honduras to pull off an upset in that one, Egypt's Mohamed Salah – who has also scored three goals so far – may have a chance of reaching the semi-final by beating Japan.
Salah is 7/1 (8.0) with Paddy Power to be the top scorer at this year's Games
But Konate clearly has the strongest case for the crown as Senegal will fancy their chances of getting past Mexico in the last eight.
With a bronze medal match as well as a final, a win in the next match would mean Konate having a total of three more opportunities to add to his goal tally.
The 19-year-old has impressed thus far and can be backed at 2/1 (3.0) to find the goals to ensure he is the Olympic top scorer.
Of course, there are a number of players who have netted twice in the tournament – and they include some huge names.
Brazil's Neymar has long been tipped as one of the game's superstars and he has been superb for Mano Menezes’ side in the group stage, scoring two and having a hand in plenty more.
Neymar is the 2/1 (3.0) joint-favourite to top the scoring charts by the time this competition concludes a week on Saturday – not a great price given the two-goal deficit he is surrendering to Konate.
Instead, the value pick is to back his team-mate Leandro Damiao. The Internacional striker also has two goals and has accomplished the feat despite being dropped for the second group game.
Back in the side for the win over New Zealand, Damiao can surely expect to start the quarter-final and a good performance there will put him in a great position to achieve something special.
Leandro Damiao is available at 7/1 (8.0) with Paddy Power, while you can get 12/1 (13.0) for a patriotic bet on Daniel Sturridge.
|Moussa Konate at 2/1 with Paddy Power
||Leandro Damiao at 7/1 with Paddy Power
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