As Netherlands' record International goal scorer, Robin Van Persie will be the ‘go to’ selection for football punters in Holland's matches at the 2014 World Cup. Van Persie, having netted 11 goals in 10 qualifying games to be the top scorer in the UEFA qualifying section and holding the Premier League Golden Boot for two seasons running, is a strong candidate to be the tournament top scorer.
Van Persie joined Dutch side SBV Excelsior's youth squad at the age of just five before moving to Feyenoord at 15 years old, where he quickly became a first team regular in the youth side. He received the KNVB Best Young Talent award at the end of the 2001–02 season where he began his senior career with Feyenoord, scoring 22 goals from 78 subsequent appearances at the club.
Clashes with his manager Bert van Marwijk stymied Van Persie's relationship with the club and soon Premier League squad Arsenal came knocking at the Dutchman's door, duly bringing him to the club in 2004 for £2.75 million.
Arsene Wenger transformed the winger into a centre forward player, and Van Persie became a deadly force with the side as his years went on. Collecting the FA Cup and FA Community Shield with the team in 2004-05, the following season saw him start as player of the month after eight goals in eight starts; however injuries in both this and the following season truncated his opportunities.
Van Persie stayed loyal to the Gunners until 2012, claiming the Premier League's Golden Boot for top scorer in 2011-12 with 30 goals from 38 games where he was team captain before being plucked to Manchester United for the following year, claiming the title by again scoring the most goals in a season with 26 from all 38 appearances.
Van Persie's ability to find the back of the net has seen him net five hat-tricks in the Premier League, a total of 132 goals from 277 appearances at Arsenal, and 41 goals from 79 games with Netherland at International level since his debut in June 2005 against Romania.
The Dutch striker has the record for his country in International football, and continued that form in 2014 World Cup qualifiers by scoring 11 goals in 10 games, having previously scored in the 2010 World Cup against Cameroon in one of seven appearances at the tournament.
Robin Van Persie World Cup Betting Tips
Van Persie’s style and playing ability have drawn comparison to Dutch footballing legend Marco van Basten, his venom in front of goal make him a strong betting tip for first, last or anytime goal scorer during Holland's 2014 World Cup fixtures, from inside or outside the box.
If it wasn’t for the fact that Netherlands have drawn one of the toughest fixture lists in Group B with Spain, Chile and Australia, Van Persie would be a fraction of his current odds to be tournament top scorer. As exciting as Chile can be on their day, the South Americans are as susceptible as Australia to shipping goals and those odds could look ridiculously generous by the time we get to the knock out stage.
Van Persie's Golden Boot odds came crashing down after he snared a brace in Netherland's 5-1 mauling of World Cup holders Spain in the opening Group B game. The Flying Dutchman was on the score sheet again to take his tally to four after the 3-2 victory against Australia in the second group match. He was suspended for the final group game against Chile, but did not score against Mexico in the last 16 or Costa Rica in the quarter-finals despite testing the goalkeepers on both occasions.