A persistent poacher in the Premier League for title-contending Arsenal, Olivier Giroud could be one of the French team's most profitable betting tips to pay off in the individual goalscorer markets. Aided by a set of group stage fixtures France would have dreamed of prior to the draw, Giroud’s surprisingly generous individual player betting odds make him one to consider for tournament top scorer, most more so in individual goalscorer markets.
Giroud spent eight years in Grenoble's youth academy before signing his first professional contract at the age of 21, playing an influential role in their fifth-level club by scoring 15 goals in 15 matches. Eventually promoted to the side’s senior squad, Giroud scored his first professional goal against Le Havre, one of two goals from 23 appearances.
The Frenchman moved to the Championnat National league on loan to Istres in 2007–08, improving his scoring tally to 14 goals from 33 appearances before agreeing a three-year deal with Ligue 2 club, Tours. He then scored five times in two Coupe de France matches and four during a 7–1 win over Jeanne d'Arc to show off his striking prowess.
From 44 games with Tours, Giroud netted 24 times at the club before moving to Montpellier in 2010, and scoring on his debut during a UEFA Europa League qualifying round. Giroud was part of the squad which went on to claim the Ligue 1 title in 2011-12, scoring a grand total of 39 goals from 85 appearances in two years.
Arsenal swooped for Giroud and brought him to the London club in 2012. Fighting for the Premier League title with Arsenal but missing out in his second season, Giroud surpassed 30 goals for the club in the early stages of 2014.
Giroud has made 26 appearances for France’s national squad since 2011 as they only just qualified for the 2014 World Cup, scoring his first goal in a 2–1 friendly victory over Germany in 2012. Giroud will make his World Cup debut in 2014, having scored two goals during his 10 qualification match appearances for the tournament – both in the opening two fixtures.
Olivier Giroud World Cup Betting Tips
Giroud’s persistence will make him a fantastic betting proposition for anytime goal scorer in the 2014 World Cup, particularly last scorer should he play a substitute role and with France enjoying safer-looking group stage fixtures than most. Giroud is also prone to a headed goal and is an effective poaching finisher and available at long betting odds to be top goal scorer, this is an appealing extra betting tip to ponder.
Giroud was left in the shadow of Karim Benzema during the group stage, starting on the bench against Honduras and Ecuador. French coach Didier Deschamps picked him for the starting eleven in the second match against Switzerland and the Arsenal man repaid his manager's faith by opening the scoring to spark a rout in a 5-2 victory for France.