After being amazingly left out of France’s squad prior to the side’s dismal 2010 efforts, Karim Benzema could be one of the squad’s most important players in front of goal this summer, and one of the best betting tips for punters who choose him to score anytime with France in a much safer group stage trio of matches.
Benzema began at his hometown club Bron Terraillon SC at the age of eight, immediately scoring goals at his early age to attract attention towards the young striker from Lyon who brought him to the club at the age of nine.
He worked up the youth ranks and scored 38 goals in the Championnat National des 16 ans, called up to the senior team for the first time in 2004 where he played until 2009.
Benzema scored his first professional league goal against Ajaccio in a 3-1 win, scoring a total of 81 goals from 168 appearances with Lyon and helping to clinch the Ligue 1 title on four occasions between 2004 and 2008, as well as a Coupe de France and a pair of Trophée des Champions in 2006 and 2007.
Signing for Real Madrid at a transfer fee of €35 million, the Frenchman has since made over 200 appearances for Real Madrid since his move in 2009, also reaching the 100 goal tally in 2014. Benzema also clinched the 2011-12 La Liga with Real Madrid, as well as the 2010-11 Copa del Rey and 2012 Supercopa de Espana, famously also scoring the fastest ever goal in an El Clásico game after a mere 10 seconds.
With 64 starts prior to 2014 and 18 goals at international level, Benzema will make his debut in the World Cup having been inexplicably left out of the 2010 encounter for France - formerly playing a part in the 2004 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship-winning team.
His recent International form saw him score three in his last five games towards securing France’s place, playing a huge role in the squad’s recovery to turn over a two-goal disadvantage against Ukraine to see France scrape through to the 2014 World Cup in his 10 qualification game appearances.
Karim Benzema World Cup Betting Tips
The striker will be a nuisance for France’s tamer group stage opposition of Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras, and therefore must be considered as a major first, last or anytime goal scorer betting tip during those first three matches with solid betting odds to gain from.
France are likely to enjoy a much less fraught World Cup than in 2010, and a very tempting overall betting tip could be for Benzema to be top scorer of the entire tournament.
The Madrid striker got off to a flying start by scoring two goals in France's 3-0 win against Honduras in the first match. It left Benzema sharing top spot in the World Cup top scorer charts with Neymar of Brazil and sent the Frenchman's Golden Boot odds tumbling. From 33/1 before the tournament, Benzema is as short as 5/1 to finish top scorer.
Benzema found the net again when France trounced Switzerland 5-2 in the next match to take his goal tally to three in two games. Although the French striker failed to score in the 0-0 draw against Ecuador in France's final group game, he has looked one of the most dangerous forwards in the tournament before the knockouts. Benzema was unable to make a great impact in the last 16 game against Nigeria, however France pulled through a tough game with two late goals to give their striker another chance to boost his World Cup tally.
France were eliminated in the quarter-final against Germany. Benzema missed a last minute chance to keep his team in the World Cup and ended the tournament as France's top goalscorer with three goals.