Frederico Chaves Guedes, better known by his nickname Fred, will take a formidable striker's role for Brazil in their 2014 World Cup homecoming. The 30-year-old will trouble for a favoured Brazil side tipped to take the crown across the bookmakers, Fred being the side's most obvious betting tip in individual goalscorer markets as he holds the honour of 16 international goals, plus the fastest in professional football history at 3.17 seconds when at América Mineiro.
Fred began his career at América Mineiro before a transfer to local rivals Cruzeiro in 2004, scoring an astonishing 41 goals in 43 games with the latter club between 2004/05.
A move to Lyon saw Fred then part of the French club that went on to win three consecutive Ligue 1 titles between 2005-08, the club's top scorer in the second of those with 11 in 20 appearances despite a two-month absence from injury.
Fred signed a pre-contract with Brazilian club Fluminense when leaving Lyon, therefore subsequently agreeing to a five-year deal. In July 2011, he broke Magno Alves' record for most goals in the Brasileiro by netting two against Esporte Clube Bahia, taking his tally to 44 goals and now holding 62 in 96 appearances for the club.
29 showings for Brazil has since seen Fred score 16 times from his international debut as a late substitute in a friendly match against Guatemala in 2005, while five 2006 World Cup appearances came his direction with one goal against Australia to his name.
Fred World Cup betting tips
Fred's quite alarming goalscoring record makes him one of the more obvious player betting tips within first/last and anytime goalscorer markets, with the potential to earn more including overall top scorer and two or more goals market wins should this form be carried into the summer of 2014. However, with this force comes shorter betting odds, however Fred could be a safe option in multiple bets with the hotly-tipped home nation based on his form.
The Fluminese target man showed why Felipe Scolari has keep faith with him when scoring his first World Cup goal in the 4-1 victory over Cameroon. Fred was unable to add to his tally when Brazil booked their place in the quarter finals with a penalty shootout victory over Chile.