Top Goalscorer Betting Market
There are a number of popular markets that have been priced up by UK betting sites ahead of the 2018 World Cup and the top goalscorer is always one of the most popular. Fans love to watch the individual brilliance of the world’s greatest talents and follow their exploits on the biggest stage.
It is always a hotly contested prize and is also commonly referred to as the ‘Golden Boot’. Each player will have a minimum three matches and a maximum of seven in which they will aim to outscore every other player at the tournament.
The prize will be awarded to the player with the highest amount of goals throughout the competition.
World Cup Top Scorer Odds
The World Cup top scorers list always contains a number of familiar names, many of whom are likely to be the focal point of their side. Players who come off the back of a productive season domestically are always priced at shorter odds whilst those featuring for fancied teams such as Brazil, Argentina and Germany are also likely to be placed prominently in the betting odds. We’ve compiled a list of the World Cup top scorers who are fancied to have an impact in Russia.
How does the Top Goalscorer Market Work?
Each player will be desperate to score as many goals as possible throughout the tournament and any strikes in either the group stage or knock-out rounds count towards their total.
If a player scores from the penalty spot during the 120 minutes (including extra time), this will count towards their overall total HOWEVER, penalties converted during a shoot-out will NOT be counted in their overall total.
If two players are tied in the top goalscorer market at the end of the tournament, the award will be given to the player who has provided the most assists throughout the competition. If the two competitors still cannot be separated, it will be given to the player who have been on the pitch for the least amount of time.
Top Goalscorer odds will change ahead of each match and will usually be affected by any injury news. If a player is carrying an injury coming into the game, that is likely to see his price increase. If a player bags a brace in the opening group game, the price will significantly shorten. The top goalscorers market is available throughout the tournament with the majority of UK betting sites.
Top Goalscorer Predictions
Lionel Messi has been priced up as the favourite in the top goalscorers market at the 2018 World Cup but the mercurial Argentinian failed to deliver on the International stage four years ago and he will be desperate to bounce back here. His natural talent should be able to deliver on this stage and there is a high probability of him landing the 2018 Golden Boot.
Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to be competing at his last World Cup and he will want to have an impact in Russia. He has been in excellent form both the Champions League and La Liga and Portugal will be in confident mood following their surprise success at Euro 2016.
Neymar is capable of the unpredictable and he’s shown that he can perform on the biggest stage. The bigger the occasion, the better the Brazilian tends to be and he’s hard to rule out of this market.
Antoine Griezmann is ending the season in fine style at Atletico Madrid and could come into this tournament as one of the in-form strikers. The Frenchman has plenty of competition in the side but he is the most naturally gifted and looks to be a decent price.
Brazil always have plenty of goalscorers in their side and they will need Gabriel Jesus to be at his best. He spent the beginning of 2018 out injured and will hope to be fully fit and firing in time for this.
Top 5 Predictions:
Christian Eriksen is a man who could surprise at a price of 100/1 as he is likely to take all of Denmark’s set-pieces throughout the tournament. Mo Salah and Dries Mertens could also be worthy of consideration at much bigger prices.
Things to take into Consideration
If you are looking to place a bet on the World Cup Top Scorers market, they can be found in the ante-post section of the Soccer/Football pages on all online betting sites. It is one of the most prominent markets and can be easily be located. Once you’ve placed your bet, simply wait for the tournament to begin and hope that your selection is prolific in front of goal.
Before placing your bet, ensure your player will be a guaranteed starter in each of the group games and try and avoid backing players who have been carrying injuries prior to the tournament getting underway.
Bigger teams who seemingly have an easier group is something to pay careful attention to. The Golden Boot can practically be clinched in the first three games, particularly if a player grabs a couple of hat-tricks against lower-ranked sides. Try and plot each sides passage through the competition and it is advised to work-out how far they may progress before finalising any top goalscorer bets.
Top Goalscorer Interesting Facts
Guillermo Stabile was the first ever Golden Boot winner after firing eight goals in the 1930 World Cup for Argentina. He achieved that feat in just four matches. Lucien Laurent netted the first ever goal in the competition when playing for France.
Hakan Sukur scored the fastest ever goal in 2002 when netted after just 11 seconds for Turkey. He was playing joint hosts South Korea. Ebbe Sand of Denmark boasts the fastest goal scored by a sub when netting after coming on just 16 seconds earlier in 1998.
The latest goals in a game came in both 2006 and 2014 with Alessandro Del Piero and Abdelmoumene Djabou of Italy and Algeria both netting in the 121st minute of a game.
Just Fontaine still holds the record for most goals scored in one tournament after netting 13 times for France back in 1958. Miroslav Klose holds the record for most overall World Cup goals, netted 16 times across four different events. He finished at top tournament goalscorer in 2006.