Wilfried Bony

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  • One of the transfer scoops of the most recent Premier League season for Swansea City in 2013/14, Wilfried Bony will continue to make a name for himself in this summer's World Cup for Ivory Coast. Bony's abilities in front of goal have been displayed to English fans for the Welsh side since August 2013, and he could profit punters in individual goalscoring markets as he represents good value thanks to his side's longer overall World Cup betting odds.

    The 25-year-old started his professional football career in 2006 at Côte d'Ivoire Premier Division side, Issia Wazi, after spending three years at the Cyrille Domoraud Academy located at his birthplace of Bingerville.

    Having joined Czech club Sparta Prague on a loan deal in 2007, Bony was part of the reserve side that won the Bohemian Football League championship, moving up to the first team and instantly achieving success including the Gambrinus Liga in 2009/10 and Czech Supercup of 2010/11, ending with 30 goals in 75 appearances.

    Bony then signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Vitesse and scored on his debut in a 2–0 derby win over De Graafschap, reaching Europa League football and continue to demonstrate his scoring prowess as he bagged 46 goals in 65 competitive outings.

    Bony had previously flirted with the Premier League after a trial at Liverpool in 2007 ended without a contract, but in 2013, he signed a four-year contract with Welsh side Swansea City, who paid a club-record fee of £12 million for his services. Swansea's new number 10 steadily became a favourite in his first season with Swansea, his force in front of goal seeing him net a total of 25 in his 48 showings.

    Bony also scored five times in Swansea's brave Europa League fight in addition to three FA Cup goals, one famously knocking out Manchester United in the club's first defeat at Old Trafford to the Welsh team.

    The Ivory Coast striker was called up for his national squad towards the end of 2010, and has since scored eight times in his 23 showings. Bony also scored three times in Ivory Coast's seven World Cup qualification games, making his debut appearance in a World Cup Finals tournament this summer in Brazil.

    Wilfried Bony World Cup betting tips

    If his form with Swansea is anything to go by alone from the previous year, then Bony will be first choice not just on the team sheet, but as a betting tip to pay off in first, last and anytime goalscorer markets despite the presence of the likes of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure.

    Back Bony to be Ivory Coast's top scorer at 8/1 with Paddy Power.

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