World Cup Top Goalscorer Tips
With the world cup coming up, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the bets that can give us some interesting return during everyone’s favourite competition. Today, we’ll be looking at some odds you can take advantage of before the competition starts – the top goalscorer of the tournament.
Neymar @12.00 (11/1)
After moving to Paris to become his team’s biggest star and most crucial player, Neymar will want to carry that over in the Russia this summer. Tite’s Brazil have become a finely oiled machine, so much so that they are arguably the biggest candidate to take the trophy home this year. Neymar has been the main man in this team for a while and will be looking to affirm himself as a leading candidate for the Balon d’Or by carrying over his insane numbers from Ligue 1 to this competition.
I fully expect Brazil to be thoroughly dominant in their group stage performances over (comparatively) minor teams – Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland. That coupled with his capacity to perform in the big games that will follow (and chances are there will be more than a couple), make me believe that Neymar’s odds are worth it, even they are some of the smallest ones.
Goals in qualification: 6
Kane @ 19.00 (18/1)
Now completely settled in the ‘World’s Best Strikers’ category, Kane will be England’s main goal threat at the World Cup. Unlike most of the other big teams (yes, I’m including England as a big team for the sake of my argument, stay with me), England don’t have a great diversity of attacking players who are predicted to score. Sterling has made huge strides over the course of this season, but that’s about it. The Tottenham striker will be expected to be the one putting in the back of the net and I believe he’ll do it often. In their group, England have arguably the tournaments two weakest sides in Tunisia and debutants Panama. So there’s a chance for two big performances from Harry there and, following that, for the Three Lions (and Kane) to have a chance in the knock-out rounds.
Goals in qualification: 5
Lewandowski @ 34.00 (33/1)
With Lewandowski we enter a category of ‘really good striker within a good-not-great’ team. The Bayern forward is still doing his thing in the Bundesliga but also netted an impressive 16 times during the qualifying process for a Polish side who did so well, they ended up as a Pot A side for the World Cup draw. This means they’re not a traditional-title-candidate but look like the main team in their group, having to face slightly weaker or equally strong sides in Japan, Senegal and Colombia. He didn’t do it two years ago at the Euro, but Lewandowski could well use that as motivation to bag goals in this tournament.
Goals in qualification: 16
Suarez & Cavani @ 31.00 & 34.00 (30/1 & 33/1)
Our final pick, or should I say picks, is the Uruguayan striker duo of Cavani and Suarez. They can also fit the ‘great strikers in a good-not-great’ team category, except they lead the line together for the south American side, as opposite to doing so on their own. This could make it more difficult for one of them to win the top goalscorer award, but their quality and the group they’re inserted in makes me believe the odds are worth taking here. Cavani has been scoring for fun in France and was the top goalscorer in the qualifiers, while Suarez isn’t in bad form himself and turns up in big tournaments for his national side. I don’t see the Saudi, Russian and Egyptian backlines handling them during the group stage – from that moment on we just need a pinch of luck.
Goals in qualification: 10 for Cavani & 5 for Suarez
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