After scoring 22 goals and concluding the recent Serie A campaign as one of the leading striking talents to look out for, Ciro Immobile will surely feature for Italy in their bid for World Cup redemption. With Italy looking to bolster their strike force for the summer tournament which sees a tough Group D fixture list ahead, Immobile's recent exploits make him one of the side's most profitable betting tips within individual goalscorer markets, thanks to much longer betting odds due to his lack of senior international experience.
Torre Annunziata-born Immobile began his youth career with Sorrento, scoring 30 goals for their U17s during the 2007/08 season to instantly impress the likes of Serie A giants, Juventus F.C, of whom signed the striker at the age of 18 for €80,000.
During his time at the club between 2008-2012, a short loan spell at Siena was quickly followed by a second to Grosseto, the latter seeing one goal from only four appearances before he was finally gifted regular first team football by his third loan period at Pescara in 2011. It took just one showing to find himself on the score sheet against Hellas Verona, ending the first half of the season with 14 league goals in a statistic that rose to 28 in 37 appearances for the eventual Serie B Player of the Year.
A move to Genoa in 2012 after his Pescara loan expired saw five goals the following season, subsequently moving to current club Torino for €2.75 million. His debut during the first round of the Coppa Italia against former club Pescara delivered his first goal for the club, before Immobile's first Serie A hat-trick came in a 3–1 win against Livorno.
Immobile soon broke the seasonal goal records of Paolo Pulici and Francesco Graziani at Torino, concluding his season with 22 goals in 33 league appearances.
Although holding 10 goals in 14 showings for Italy's U21 side since 2009, Immobile's break into the senior team arrived very recently in March 2014 against Spain - his only top-level start to date heading into the 2014 World Cup of which he could feature substantially more heavily in.
Ciro Immobile World Cup betting tips
Immobile's form guide is alarming when you consider his last eight Serie A encounters, scoring nine goals in just eight appearances which included a hat-trick against Livorno despite a red card in the final match with Parma. These statistics make him effectively Italy's best betting tip for punters thanks to longer individual goalscorer market odds than the enigmatic Mario Balotelli, who has only scored twice in the same period.