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Euro 2024 Betting: Which Player Will Lead England in Goals?

Nicholas Vazquez
Nicholas Vazquez@nickvaz
Euro 2024 Betting: Which Player Will Lead England in Goals?

In Euro 2020, England came very close to winning their first European Championship and first trophy since 1966. This time around, they are the betting favorites as we enter the tournament, listed at +300 odds to win Euro 2024.

England have some big-name players, and some players in great form after the seasons they had with their clubs. With a lot of great players in the forward positions, who will lead the team in goals in the upcoming Euros is an interesting question.

On FanDuel Sportsbook, we have a market for who will lead England in goals in Euro 2024. Let's take a look at the favorites and see which bets make sense.

Euro 2024 Odds

Player
Odds
Harry Kane-170
Jude Bellingham+500
Phil Foden+650
Bukayo Saka+650

Harry Kane (-170)

It shouldn't be much of a surprise that Harry Kane is the heavy favorite to lead England in goals. He is their all-time leading goal-scorer and led all players in goals at the 2018 World Cup.

He hasn't slowed down since that tournament six years ago. Kane won the European Golden Shoe this past club season -- awarded to the player with the most goals in their league in Europe. In the last edition of this tournament, Kane scored four goals, one off the lead for the tournament.

Kane is England's penalty taker, so he immediately has a leg up on any other player on the team when it comes to scoring goals. He's also playing striker alone up top and will be provided opportunities to score by some talented players on the wing.

The -170 odds are steep for Kane, but it makes sense. If you don't want to bet Kane at -170, you can back him to win the Euro 2024 Golden Boot at +550 or do an England winner and Kane Golden Boot double at +1600.

Jude Bellingham (+500)

Jude Bellingham had an excellent season in his first year with Real Madrid. He really transformed his game this season to be more of a goal-scorer.

Prior to the 2023-24 season, Bellingham had scored 24 career goals in 132 club matches. With Real Madrid, he produced 23 goals in 42 games. That very much has to do with the system Real Madrid played, which allowed Bellingham to be the focal point of their attack.

Madrid would often start Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo up top, with Bellingham right behind them as an attack-minded No. 10/false No. 9. The two Brazilians excel in the wider areas, allowing Bellingham to push up from his attacking midfield role and get the ball in good goal-scoring positions.

Bellingham won't play that same role with England. Kane will be the center forward getting the ball in great spots, and Bellingham will likely play as a more traditional central attacking midfielder, operating further back than he did with Real Madrid. Case in point -- Bellingham has just three goals in 29 games for England.

I think Bellingham's club form is baked into these odds a bit too much, and I'd pass on him at +500 to pace England in goals. The market definitely likes him, though, as he is tied for the fifth-shortest Euro 2024 Golden Boot odds (+2400).

Phil Foden (+650)

One of the players entering the tournament in the best form is Phil Foden. Foden won the Premier League Player of the Season award and the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year.

Foden did this by being in the goal-scoring form of his life. Since the calendar turned to 2024, Foden scored 18 goals in 24 games.

He was playing for the best team in the Premier League, a dominant Manchester City side that always had the ball. England are the favorites to win the tournament, but they will likely be tested more than City were if the Three Lions are to get deep in the competition.

For City, Foden was used as an attacking midfielder and as a right or left winger. In England's team, he will likely play off the left exclusively. This isn't a problem, as he's capable of cutting inside onto his right foot and should be given some freedom to roam in the attacking third.

I like Foden at these odds given how good he was at scoring for City. He just turned 24, and it's not unreasonable to think that he's leveled up with his finishing ability.

Bukayo Saka (+650)

The lasting image of Bukayo Saka at Euro 2020 was unfortunately him missing the penalty that won the tournament for Italy.

He'll surely be looking to avenge that miss in this tournament, and he's capable of doing so. Since that tournament, he's become one of the best players in the Premier League and one of the best wingers in the world.

Saka scored 20 goals in 47 games in all competitions for Arsenal this season. It's not the most impressive scoring rate, but it's enough to warrant consideration for this bet.

Like Foden, Saka is prolific at cutting to the inside and scoring. Unlike Foden, Saka took penalties for his club. He scored six goals from the spot for Arsenal, but Saka won't be on penalty duty for England.

I mostly prefer Foden at +650 ahead of Saka at the same odds, and one key reason is because of a lingering injury for the Gunner. Saka missed Arsenal's last league match and England's friendly on Monday. He is, however, expected to be back for their friendly on Friday, but this injury might cause him to be rested in one of the group matches. Those are critical matches for adding goals to his tally.

If Saka's odds move to something like +850, I'd consider him. As things stand, I'd go with Foden at +650 ahead of him.


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