Fernando Torres no longer value for WC2010 Golden Shoe?!

5th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
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After hearing news from Liverpool’s medical staff that Fernando Torres is a doubt for Spain’s opening game in South Africa, is Torres, who remains one of the market frontrunners to land the Golden Shoe award in South Africa, really any value?


Torres has endured a troublesome season, with injuries plaguing his 2009-2010 campaign with his club in England, Liverpool, throughout. Torres missed 15 of Liverpool’s 38 Premier League games, while he also missed some crucial European ties as well, so understandably questions are beginning to filter through about whether Fernando Torres can handle the naturally physical style of the English Premier League.

Torres has confirmed his own doubts over his condition, exoressing his concerns that English football could hamper his career. If the current season is anything to go by, picking up three high profile injuries within th space on one season, there is certainly enough evidence to suggest Torres could be right. His latest injury was in his knee of which he recently had surgery to repair a torn meniscus. It’s the latter injury and operation which is delaying Torres’ return to the Spanish fold, but club doctors at Liverpool have advised Torres to take it easy and to put common sense above his eagerness to play for Spain in South Africa.


Spain’s opening Group H encounter will be against Switzerland, so considering the stature of the opponent, the likelihood is Torres won’t feature, as Spain should sew up three points in their first outing. Their second Group H game will be against Honduras, arguably the weakest of four nations in the group, so Vicente Del Bosque might be forgiven for restricting Torres’ pitch time in the second Group H match as well. The key game for Spain will be the last one with Chile, as we expect that final group fixture to be the table-topping decider.

This is us purely speculating, but we’re making our own assumptions and guessing Torres won’t feature in the first group encounter with Switzerland, while a commanding display against the Swiss could lead to Bosque opting against using Torres from the off against Honduras in their second group game. In the finals, where the maximum games any team can play is 7, Torres looks very likely to miss at least one, possibly even two, matches for Spain of which both would have been games you would have fancied Torres to score in leaving the Spaniard, who in his own right is a gifted forward, with two game less to grab the goals needed to win FIFA’s Golden Shoe award for the player with the most goals in the tournament.


Fernando Torres is a best priced 14/1 currently with BetFred, but with the news slowly filtering through to punters, bookies may let Torres drift sooner or later. On Betfair, however, Torres was around a 12/1 shot around a month ago but has now drifted out to 15/1. That’s actually not a huge drift, to our dismay, so perhaps punters are keeping the faith and praying Torres does make a speedy recovery.

Fernando Torres Top Goalscorer in South Africa – 14/1 BetFred

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