With the World Cup just 10 days (exactly) away from kicking off, it’s time for the hardcore fans (that means the 1,000 of you lot reading this article) to start focusing on your fantasy footie teams, your World Cup group predictor brackets and contests, and your side bets with your mates.
As most of you know through my Funny Feeling Friday columns in the past - I’ve been a massive proponent of going with a few off-the-wall “instinctual” choices when it comes to selecting fantasy footballers over the past few years, but what some of you may or may not know is that I often spend a long time researching the bookmaker odds and taking a look at online casino predictions when analyzing clean sheets and top goal-scorers.
With that in mind, I’ve decided to come up with a new column theme around the World Cup called World Cup Fantasy vs Reality
where I will focus on a few fantasy footballers who may shine in the World Cup based on what the bookies at top online casinos like Casino Tropez
Today, I’ll focus on a few Bundesliga footballers expected to score quite a few goals at the World Cup.
According to the oddsmakers, Germans Miroslav Klose (9/2), Mario Gomez (11/2) and Lukas Podolski (6/1) are the best bets to finish the World Cup as the top Bundesliga Goalscorer in the tournament.
So if you are playing World Cup Fantasy Football keep an eye on those three German studs – at least in the group stages – as they could get on the scoresheet.
But I think the true bargains are to be had outside of the Top 3 “best bets.” Arjen Robben, who has been recovering from a minor hip injury,
is listed at 11/1. Robben led Bayern Munich to the Champions League final and is in form heading to South Africa. At 11/1, he provides tons of value.
Another popular fantasy footie player who has some superb darkhorse odds (in my opinion) is Wolfsburg and Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins – who is 22/1 to finish top Bundesliga goalscorer! Sure, Martins has to first earn a starting spot alongside or instead of Yakubu. Sure, Nigeria have to advance past the group stages and go on a run to provide Martins with the extra games necessary to make a run at top Bundesliga goalscorer, but when it comes to the group stages – the Nigerian (along with fellow Nigerian Yakubu) must be seen as a fantasy threat.
So there you have it. The Germans are the top picks, but from a fantasy perspective you could find a bit of inspiration through Holland’s Robben or Nigeria’s Yakubu or Martins lighting up the group stages with some goals.
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