Betting: Villa measures up to stake Golden Boot claim

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Punters who are prepared to keep faith with France qualifying for the second round and going on to lift the World Cup can now back Les Bleus at 25-1 with Ladbrokes after last night's draw with South Korea.

France were 12-1 with the same firm before the tournament began but are now 2-1 not to make it to the knock-out stage. Thierry Henry is out to 25-1 to take the Golden Boot despite hitting the target last night.

A better bet to be the top tournament scorer is David Villa who takes the field for Spain against Tunisia tonight in the closing game of the second round of group stage matches. Having hit two goals in the defeat of Ukraine, in what should have been Spain's toughest group match, the Valencia striker has comparatively straightforward matches against Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, while his rivals have just one group match left. He is 11-2 with Ladbrokes and Paddy Power. The former cut Adriano from 9-1 to 7-1 after his goal against Australia.

Top Tournament Scorer

Ladbrokes: 5-1 M Klose, 11-2 D Villa, 7-1 Adriano, 8-1 H Crespo, 12-1 R van Nistelrooy, Torres, 16-1 Pauleta. Paddy Power: 11-2 D Villa, 13-2 H Crespo, 15-2 M Klose, 8-1 Adriano, 14-1 R van Nistelrooy, Torres, 22-1 Pauleta.

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