The Liverpool striker has been eyeing up a move to the Spanish capital and Al Hain-Cole expects him to use the tournament in Brazil to put himself in a shop window
The Confederations Cup kicks off in Brazil on Saturday, providing fans with a taster for next summer’s World Cup and the players an opportunity to consolidate their chances of appearing at the main event in one year’s time.
As ever, the best way of grabbing the headlines is by scoring goals, and Brazil prodigy Neymar, who has just sealed a big money move to Barcelona, is BetVictor’s current 8/1 (9.00) favourite to hit the back of the net most often in front of his adoring fans.
However, the hosts’ Group A opponents of Mexico, Japan and Italy will provide stern opposition, meaning the latest Camp Nou signing and his strike partner Fred, priced at 10/1 (11.00) may struggle to add significantly to their impressive international goal tallies.
On the other hand, Tahiti and Nigeria should offer less resistance to Spain and Uruguay, whose forwards could be forgiven for licking their lips in anticipation.
Luis Suarez’s flirtation with Real Madrid has not been reciprocated so far, but a Golden Boot in Brazil would go a long way to sealing his dream move to the Spanish capital. A record of one goal every two games for his country demonstrates his deadliness.
The Liverpool striker is currently serving a long ban from club football, so will be extra determined to show his worth for La Celeste, and odds of 9/1 (10.00) are well worth backing on a man with five goals in his last five starts.
Suarez was suspended for the vital recent win over Venezuela, when Edinson Cavani grabbed the goal, and the in demand Napoli man is available at 12/1 (13.00) to outscore his competitors.
Spain’s tiki-taka tactics mean goals are usually shared around the team, while Vicente Del Bosque’s rotation policy may hinder both record goalscorer David Villa 9/1 (10.00) and Fernando Torres’ 10/1 (11.00) chances of filling their boots.
Mario Balotelli has been reborn with 12 goals in 13 appearances for AC Milan since returning to Serie A, and the livewire striker is Italy’s bright hope at 14/1 (15.00) to finish as top scorer.
Despite his regular role as a substitute, Javier Hernandez still managed 18 goals for Manchester United this season, and his awesome record of 30 goals in 52 internationals makes the Mexico talisman hard to ignore at 16/1 (17.00).
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