The odds for the Golden Boot winner have been altered at online sportsbooks, who are now favoring Karim Benzema to win.
As favorites to win the World Cup were falling one after another, punters betting under French gambling laws may have forgotten about odds for the winner of the Golden Boot award. But ever since their homeboy Karim Benzema has taken the lead in that respect, this market has become very popular once again.
Spain have already said good bye to dreams of retaining the title, and England followed the fate of the Spaniards not making it out of the groups for sure. Amidst these failures the French have been doing fine, if not extremely well. Which naturally enabled their loyal fans betting at online sportsbooks in France to collect some hefty winnings.
Betting on the topscorer
The Real-Madrid man is now the top dog to win the top goalscorer award, overtaking the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar, who failed to impress so far. Benzema scored three goals so far, on par with van Persie, Robben, Muller, and Valencia, but he is still the favorite to get the Golden Boot right now priced at 4.00 from Bet365.
One might argue that Les Blues had an easier draw than the rest of the field, but that certainly doesn’t diminish the French abilities to score goals. And with more rather easy games coming up for Didier Deschamps’ men, backing Benzema to win the award might not be a bad idea at this point.
This World Cup has already become the highest-scoring one since 1958, giving spectators plenty to cheer and going in contrast to recent defensive football trend.
Other players in the running for the Golden Boot
Thomas Muller managed a hat-trick in Germany’s crushing Portugal 4-0 and is currently second in line after Benzema with 4.50 odds to retain the award he won in South Africa in 2010. And although Muller failed to find the back of the net against Ghana, there’s plenty of opportunities to do so against the USA and at later stages, where Germany is almost certain to get to.
Germany are still the favorites to win their group with 1.07 odds and face a passable second-place team from Group H in the last 16. The quarter-final fixture is shaping up to be the most prolific one yet, there’s a high possibility the Germans will be playing France in the quarters.
What is going on with odds for World Cup topscorer
• Online sportsbooks in France are currently favoring Karim Benzema to win the award
• France is doing pretty good in the World Cup and there are more matches to come
• Recent Golden Boot favorites are still there, but no longer on top
France managed to score eight goals in just two of their matches, and there’s a big chance they will continue to score big in their upcoming fixture against Ecuador, much to the delight of those who bet on sports in France. After placing first in the group, which the French are quite set to do, they will most probably play Nigeria in the last 16, where even more goals are expected. That is why backing Benzema at 4.00 odds is quite a smart wager at this point.
Ecuador have their own weapon ready to upset France in the upcoming match. Enner Valencia has already scored three times, and he’s likely to score more, if the French defense lets him. However, his odds of 29.00 on winning the Golden Boot are quite long given the difference between Ecuador and the big teams.
Netherland’s Arjen Robben, and now truly “the flying Dutchman” Robin van Persie have also scored three times a piece and currently have 8.00 and 8.50 odds respectively to win the prestigious award. However, van Persie is suspended for the next game, giving him fewer opportunities to score, naturally.
Lionel Messi and Neymar may have only scored twice a piece, but they are still among the favorites to become the tournament’s top goalscorers. Quite understandably why: both Argentina and Brazil are still the favorites to lift the trophy, meaning these two teams are expected to go as far as they can in the tournament with plenty of opportunities for the two strikers to score. Neymar is now priced at 6.50, while Messi got 7.00 odds to win the Golden Boot.
Considering that this World Cup has already brought a couple of surprises, all the above-said can of course change in a moment, should one or more favorites fall. But choosing great betting odds at early stages is what smart bettors do, and this is how they win big and on consistent basis.