Some of the biggest names across the continent are back on international duty this week, as qualification for Euro 2020 gets underway. It’s only right then that we take a look at the best anytime goalscorer bets for this week’s action.
Surely there’s only one place to start. That boy Ronaldo is ageing like a fine Dão wine, and the Portuguese maestro is back in the international fold for the first time since last summer’s World Cup. After a stunning Champions League hat-trick against Atletico Madrid last week, Ronaldo got a rest for Juventus at the weekend. Portugal are a different prospect with Ronaldo in the team, and he’s 8/13 to see the net ripple against Ukraine on his return to the Selecao das Quinas.
Speaking of the Champions League, Robert Lewandowski is still joint top of the scoring charts in the competition, alongside Lionel Messi. The Polish striker is one of Europe’s most prolific goalscorers, and represents his country against Austria on Thursday night. Lewandowski is 7/5 to score anytime.
Over in Belgium, Roberto Martinez is looking to build on his team’s third-placed finish at Russia 2018. The Red Devils are at home to Russia, and packed with attacking talent. Manchester United striker Romelu has been in fine goalscoring form of late, and will lead the line for Belgium. He is 5/6 to hit the back of the net this week.
Another of the summer’s top performing sides, Croatia, play Azerbaijan at home in a game they should dominate from start to finish. Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric will pull the strings, but Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic is a likelier candidate in the scoring market. He averages just under a goal every three games at international level, and will fancy his chances against the minnows of Azerbaijan. Perisic is 11/10 to bag anytime.
If you’re after bigger odds, it could be worth looking at the Netherlands as they host Belarus on Thursday night. Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been sensational for club and country this season, scoring a last-minute equaliser in Holland’s last Nations League match away at Germany. The Oranje could have plenty of corners and free-kicks against Belarus, with Van Dijk 9/2 in the anytime scorer market.
You won’t get anything like that price on Harry Kane this week, as the England captain sets his sights on the Czech Republic at Wembley. Kane scored a late winner against Croatia on his last appearance for his country, sending the Three Lions into the Nations League Finals. He has 24 goals for club and country this season, after winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup, and is 3/4 to score on Friday.
Over in Spain, Luis Enrique is looking to continue his rebuilding job in charge of La Roja. A home game against Norway should see the Spanish open their qualifying campaign with three points. Everyone’s favourite pantomime villain, Sergio Ramos, has scored in each of his last four games for his country. The centre-back is 13/5 to keep up his remarkable run on Saturday night. Feel like throwing all seven of our picks into a first goalscorer accumulator bet? The odds on that are a huge 429/1.