One of the Premier League's most potent strikers, Manchester City's Edin Džeko will represent Bosnia and Herzegovina's side as their number one threat this summer, within a Group F they are more than capable of escaping from. Džeko has already scored 10 times in 10 qualifying games and has become a defender's nightmare with his poaching ability, making him not only their most obvious betting tip for individual goalscorer markets, but also a potential threat for top scorer of the entire tournament.
Džeko began his career at Željezničar where he played at first team level between 2003-05, before FK Teplice had a bid of just €25,000 accepted which saw him instantly shine with 16 goals from 43 appearances.
A loan spell with Ústí nad Labem in 2005 also saw him hitting the target six times during a mere 15 games, before VfL Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath signed him for €4 million where Džeko made himself a Bundesliga star.
Starting with five goals and three assists in just 11 games, Džeko was awarded Bundesliga Players' Footballer of the Year in 2008/09, also the top scorer the following season with 22 goals to his name - 142 showings for Wolfsburg ending with an astounding 85 goals in total.
Manchester City brought Džeko to the premier League in 2010 for £27 million, and his presence became apparent as he was part of the Premier League-winning side in 2011/12, scoring a crucial goal in added time against QPR to spark the amazing fightback needed for the title. Džeko has scored 66 times for Manchester City in 153 showings, 16 of them in their second title-winning season of 2013–14 despite at one stage fighting for a start among four striking options.
His experience also stretches into 60 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina, with enviable stats of over 50% scoring rate thanks to 33 goals since his senior debut against Turkey in 2007, scoring a memorable volley as they recovered to a 3-2 win from behind. Džeko also scored nine times in qualifying attempts for the 2010 World Cup.
Džeko's influence for Bosnia was further demonstrated in their successful 2014 World Cup qualifying games, during which the striker scored 10 goals in 10 games, including a hat-trick during an 8-1 drubbing of Liechtenstein to become the nation's highest scoring player ever.
Edin Džeko World Cup betting tips
With that scoring record for his country, coupled to the overall club level statistics of 176 goals from 395 top-level appearances, Džeko is the obvious betting tip to place in first/last and anytime goalscorer markets, particularly with added bonuses for potential hat-tricks. Should Bosnia progress through a Group F consisting of Argentina, Iran and Nigeria as their rivals, Džeko could challenge for top scorer of the tournament.