By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 5th July 2018
Tottenham’s Bury-born right-back Kieran Trippier is statistically the joint-third most creative player at the 2018 World Cup alongside Neymar – back him to assist a goal for Sweden vs England at odds of 5/2.
Trippier has averaged four key passes (the final pass leading to the recipient of the ball having an attempt on goal) per game across his three outings in Russia.
Only Mesut Ozil (5.5) of Germany and Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne (4.3), have managed higher mean totals across the matches they’ve been involved in.
Tripper sits joint-third in the key passes standings at the tournament, alongside £200m Paris-Saint Germain Marmite man Neymar.
The 27-year-old, who has nailed down the right-back slot at White Hart Lane under Mauricio Pochettino since Kyle Walker’s sale to Manchester City, also leads the tournament for average crosses per game (3.7)
Trippier isn’t even favourite in the Sweden vs England to assist a goal odds?!
Given such stellar numbers from the energetic Mancunian, it’s moderately surprising to see that the Trippier assist odds for the upcoming Sweden vs England clash have him at 5/2 second favourite.
Raheem Sterling is the only one of Gareth Southgate’s men shorter in the betting to set up a goal against the Scandinavians at 7/4, with Harry Kane third-shortest in the market (3/1).
If you’re tempted by the Tripper assist odds, then it follows that his Spurs teammate Kane is a seductive pick in the anytime scorer betting at 21/20.
No Lilywhite set up more Premier League goals (five) for England’s number nine last season than the former Man City academy product.
However, punters expecting Trippier’s creativity to bear fruit in Samara, yet uninspired by those odds, may be interested in Three Lions defender John Stones to notch during the 90 minutes at a far more lucrative 12/1.
The ‘Bury Beckham’ set up Stones’ opener against Panama in the second group game and the danger he embodies at set pieces means that even if it’s not England’s right back that serves up the chance he takes, then your wager is good value.