With barely weeks remaining before the highly anticipated Euro 2020 finals get underway, fans are starting to compile their predictions on how the tournament will pan out.
Whilst spectators often predict who will win a tournament, an increasingly popular bet is who will finish top scorer in the event.
Whilst it’s always difficult to gauge who will emerge as the Golden Boot winner in any competition, there’s usually a good reason why the players have their relative odds with the bookies as they’re a fair indication of the likelihood on how they’ll perform.
The odds are high on some of the most likely winners of this year’s Golden Boot and that’s good news for bettors.
So let’s take a look at the chances of the key contenders for the title of Euro 2020 Top Goalscorer.
Euro 2020 Who Will Win Golden Boot
England are the pre-tournament favourites to win Euro 2020 and it’s no surprise that their captain and talisman striker Harry Kane is the favourite to be top goal scorer at the tournament.
Fans across the globe are used to seeing Kane lead the scoring charts in the Premier League and with only a couple of games left in the season, Kane looks set to lift his third Premier League Golden Boot award.
Kane has already proven that he has what it takes to deliver at an international level and also at major tournaments.
Kane dominated defences and won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup, and it’s fair to say that despite being the favourite to be the top scorer in this year’s event, the 7/1 odds currently available for him are quite high considering the stellar form the forward has shown and the added experience he now has.
Kane is the designated penalty taker for Gareth Southgate’s side and the Spurs poacher rarely misses from 12 yards.
The Premier League has used Video Assistant Referee (VAR) with mixed success and Euro 2020 will welcome the technology for the first time, so it’s inevitable that it will have some teething problems and it’s likely we may see an increase in penalties awarded, much like we did when it was introduced domestically.
Kane is surrounded by talented creators in Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling.
The presence of these individuals will be welcomed by Kane as they demand the attention of defences which frees up space for the finisher.
The attacking prowess of Kane’s support will no doubt help England and Kane to score more goals and with less than 20 goals required to become the country’s all-time top scorer, Kane will be eager to increase his tally.
With one of the easiest groups in Euro 2020, Belgium should win all of their group games and score many goals in the process, so a man with the calibre of Romelu Lukaku will be eyeing up the Top Goalscorer award before the tournament even begins.
The 6’3’’ menacing presence is passionate and dedicated to his craft, and produces his top performances when putting on the shirt for the Red Devils.
With an impressive 37 goals in his last 35 appearances, Lukaku is already the nation’s all-time top scorer and he’s primed to add more in this tournament.
27-year-old Memphis Depay is perhaps best known for his disastrous time at Manchester United, where he arrived with the budding promise of a young Cristiano Ronaldo, but left without making much of an impact.
Depay has spent the last few seasons regaining his confidence with Lyon and the forward has improved his goalscoring rate and finishing ability.
With 19 goals this campaign, Depay is among the top scorers in the league and his improvement has led to a potential transfer to Barcelona, where he could link up with countryman Ronald Koeman.
Depay is capable of bamboozling even the most organised defenders and with North Macedonia and Ukraine in the Netherlands’ group, Depay will be confident about adding to his 23 international goals.
Italy are favourites in Group A and will come up against relatively weak opposition in Switzerland, Turkey and Wales.
Immobile is the guaranteed starting striker for the Azzurri, and whilst the Lazio striker was a late bloomer, the 31-year-old has shown form over the last four seasons to rival any forward in world football.
Immobile has become the first Lazio player to score 20+ goals in four consecutive seasons and this aptitude to find the back of the net will be welcome news to fans of the national side.
Immobile doesn’t just gobble up the goals to increase his statistics though, he also acts as a key provider for the team and involves others.
With seven assists this campaign, the target man brings in other threats which will help Italy to diversify their options and in turn, grant their forward line more chances on goal.
There is little doubt in the footballing world that Robert Lewandowski is the best striker on the planet leading to much speculation on his immediate future.
The 32-year-old is aging like a fine wine and is producing the best football of his career to date.
Lewandowski has equalled Gerd Muller’s record Bundesliga haul with his 40th goal of the season vs. Freiburg, and it is only a matter of time before The Body bags his next and sets the new record outright.
The current holder of the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, Lewandowski is averaging beyond a goal per game over the last two years.
And if you thought he was only rampant because he is the starting striker in a Bayern team who control the Bundesliga, you’d be wrong.
Lewandowski is lethal for Poland as well as Bayern.
Despite having what most would consider as less talented teammates on the national stage, Lewandowski still finds ways to score for his country and he was the top scorer in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
With five goals in his last six appearances for Biało-czerwoni, Lewandowski is prolific and could well find himself top of the scoring charts in Euro 2020.