Diego Costa Catches the Eye in World Cup Golden Boot Market
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Diego Costa Catches the Eye in World Cup Golden Boot Market

Diego Costa has secured a spot in Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad for this summer’s World Cup, and he looks too big as a consequence in the top goalscorer market.

Lopetegui has named Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas and Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno alongside Atletico Madrid’s Costa as his three strikers for this summer’s tournament in Russia.

There’s no guarantee Costa will secure a starting berth, but provided he shows up well in the pre-tournament friendlies he could be given the nod – and 188BET’s price of 26.0 would then look extremely big.

Costa will head to Russia in excellent form. He played a big part in Atletico Madrid winning the Europa League, and he will also be fresher than most after sitting out the first half of the season while awaiting his transfer from Chelsea to the Liga side to be rubber-stamped.

The 29-year-old revived Atletico’s tired-looking forward line in 2018, as he formed a superb partnership with Antoine Griezmann.

There will be no Griezmann to work off in Russia, as he will be representing France, but Costa is adept at playing the lone striker role – with his strength and link-up play well capable of bringing others into the game.

“Diego gives us a central point of reference and is both competitive and aggressive, he also creates space,” Lopetegui said, per Marca, when naming his 23-man squad.

Selecting a player who will start games is of vital importance in a top goalscorer market, so there are risks involved in going in with Costa. But the price makes it a risk worth taking.

Spain will not suffer a repeat of four years ago, when they crashed out at the group stage after losing their first two games.

This current Spain crop has its swagger back and they have a favourable draw in a group also containing Portugal, Morocco and Iran.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will be tough nuts to crack, but games against Morocco and Iran present excellent chances to get multiple goals on the scoresheet.

This type of bet requires your chosen player’s side to get to the semi-finals, which would mean a full quota of games.

Spain are well capable of doing that, and if Costa is spearheading their attack he will get plenty of chances thanks to the creative brilliance of David Silva, Andres Iniesta and Thiago Alcantara.

It’s then about whether he can take enough of them to plunder the Golden Boot. And at odds of 26.0, it’s worth a punt.

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