It’s finally here: Euro 2016 gets underway tomorrow. The excitement and anticipation is over, it’s time to get down to business. And while plenty of punters will be placing wagers on the outright winner, top goal scorer and for England to get knocked out in the group stages (again), there are various markets to quench your thirst ahead of the competition.
For those who want something out-of-the-box, you may be interested in our top assists market. With so much creative talent on show, there is going to be an intense battle for this particular accolade. Simply back the player that you believe will finish with the most assists this summer and cheer your man on! Here are a few of my favourite candidates.
Wayne Rooney (25/1)
In years gone by, Rooney has always been England’s main man but now, he will play behind both Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy. However, this could play into England’s hands. The Manchester United star struggled at the start of the season but has flourished since moving into a deeper midfield role. And with two competent strikers ahead of him, Rooney could utilise his wide range of passing to unlock opposing defences throughout the competition and England could profit from their captain’s extensive skillset and ability to play in a variety of positions.
Kevin de Bruyne (20/1)
Belgium are dark horses and De Bruyne could be the man to inspire Marc Wilmots’ side to glory on the international stage. If nothing else, their “golden generation” are now in the prime of their careers and the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas will look to fire in the goals before returning to their respective Premier League clubs. And with so much attacking prowess, De Bruyne could prosper as he looks to continue his fine form ahead of Pep Guardiola’s impending arrival at the Etihad Stadium later this summer.
Cesc Fabregas (16/1)
Chelsea had a very disjointed campaign but Fabregas’ consistency will give Spain fans hope ahead of a defining summer. Spain became the first team to defend the European Championship in 2012 but crashed out of the 2014 World Cup at the group stage after losing to Chile and The Netherlands. With Fabregas starting behind Juventus forward Alvaro Morata and alongside Andres Iniesta and David Silva, the former Arsenal and Barcelona man could lead Spain back to the heights of European football. Without a doubt, Fabregas could be the main man for Del Bosque’s side throughout the tournament.
Paul Pogba (14/1)
Pogba may just be the greatest central midfielder in world football. The France international is central to his both nation and Juventus and he is sure to play a key role for Didier Deschamps’ side throughout the competition. On his day, Pogba is capable of producing moments of magic and his assist for Olivier Giroud in France’s warm-up victory over Cameroon was simply sublime. While the French have plenty of talented stars in their ranks, Pogba stands tall as the standout player in the tournament – and he stands a great chance of racking up the assists.
Mesut Ozil (9/1)
The Arsenal star is widely regarded as a footballing genius and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the 27-year-old record the most assists this summer. After all, he’s probably the best ‘number 10’ in world football right now. Ozil has a unique ability to dissect opposing defences and he racked up an incredible 19 assists in the Premier League this season – just one less than Thierry Henry’s all-time top-flight record. And with Germany aiming to reach the latter stages of the competition, Ozil could flourish behind the likes of Bayern Munich man Thomas Muller.