Mario Balotelli looks to be a strong candidate to be Italy's Top Goalscorer at the World Cup, but Ciro Immobile may also come into the reckoning at a decent price.
With five goals in five appearances in qualification for the World Cup, Mario Balotelli is of obvious interest to punters wanting to bet on Italy's leading scorer at the tournament and he can be backed at a top price of 7/4 with Paddy Power and Betway. However, those odds may be a little too short for some and given that the former Manchester City striker's disciplinary record is far from exemplary, there is a case for looking elsewhere. Balotelli is likely to retain responsibility for any spot-kicks which com Azzuri's way which further enhance his claims, but the constant worry of irrational behaviour from the Milan front-man resulting in him getting suspended may be enough cause some to find an alternative.
Guiseppe Rossi's absence from the tournament through injury may be seen as a hindrance to Italy's chances of success in Brazil, but can be viewed as useful for the purpose of this bet as the alternatives to Balotelli have been reduced. Antonio Cassano is no longer a central figure in Cesare Prandelli's squad and Alessio Cerci may have limited game time, but his Torino teammate Ciro Immobile was Serie A Top Goalscorer which has prompted interest from Borussia Dortmund.
Having hit 22 goals for Torino this season in a competition which often emphasizes the defensive side of the game, Immobile looks a good bet to get amongst the goals in Brazil and can be backed at enticing odds of 8/1 with Coral, which looks a cracking price when other firms are as short as 9/2.