Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 12:42 22/06/2015
With eight teams now qualified for the Copa America quarter finals, Freebets.com takes a fresh look at the Top Goalscorer betting to help you get the best value on your selections.
At the conclusion of the group stage there have been 40 goals scored from 18 matches played, giving spectators plenty of entertainment with an average of 2.22 per match. Arturo Vidal currently leads the scoring charts with 3 goals for tournament hosts Chile, though there are a host of top players snapping at his heels on 2 goals, not least teammates Charles Aranguiz and Eduardo Vargas along with Sergio Aguero for favourites Argentina.
Alexis Sanchez remains stuck on 1 goal so far, but will be hoping to add to his account in the quarter final with Uruguay, while Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain have also netted just once, but have the opportunity to increase their tally in what looks to be the tie of the round against Colombia.
Chile Top Goalscorer Betting
When looking at the Top Goalscorer market, it is a good idea to stick with players that are not only likely to score, but to consider those that play for a side likely to go deep into the tournament.
Arturo Vidal ticks both of those boxes, then his penalty duties and 1 goal headstart on the chasing pack enhance his chances of staing out in front, leading the bookies to shorten the Juventus midfielder to 7/4 in the betting, though Ladbrokes are a standout 2/1.
Sticking with Chile, Eduardo Vargas is a general 9/1 shot which looks a tasty enough price, but even more juicy odds can be had when backing Alexis Sanchez at 20/1 with Betvictor and the same firm offer a huge 40/1 on the Sanchez/Chile Top Goalscorer/Outright Winner double.
Argentina Top Goalscorer Betting
Argentina are still considered to have the best chance of winning the 2015 Copa America despite drawing Colombia and it's Manchester City's star striker Sergio Aguero that tops their scoring charts. Aguero is lethal in front of goal when on his game and Argentina will probably need to take it up a notch on what they have shown so far, but then they did slowly come to the boil to make it to the 2014 World Cup Final.
Punters backing 'Kun' to continue his good form will find best odds of 4/1 with bet365, but there will be plenty of Lionel Messi supporters wanting to stay loyal to the main man and it's worth a look on the exhanges where he is currently trading at around 6.00 (5/1) to be the tournaments top goalscorer.
Others To Consider
Brazil shouldn't underestimate Paraguay - as Argentina will testify - but you'd expect Selecao to make it to the last 4, even without the services of Neymar.
Roberto Firmino is a generally available 25/1 shot to top the scoring charts and looks to be the most realistic option, while Diego Tardelli could be of each-way interest if getting a game in Neymar's absence at a massive price of 80/1 with Coral.
Should Brazil be shocked by Paraguay then it could well be 16/1 chance Lucas Barrios that inflicts the damage having notched twice in the tournament already.
With Peru facing Bolivia there will be at least one of the 'minnows' in the final four, but the chances of either side making it any further at the Copa America look slim at best, resulting in Claudio Pizarro being available to back at 150/1 to be Top Goalscorer with some firms.