According to internet sportsbook news in Russia the race is still shaping up and at any moment a ridiculous strike or a perfect header could make a new superstar lead the World Cup golden boot winner odds. We are closing in on round of 16 and there are plenty of goals to come, but how the race is standing so far? Well, Harry Kane remains on top with 5 goals, Kylian Mbappe and Ednison Cavani are firing themselves into contention, and sadly both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo crash out of the tournament.
Kane and Lukaku Lead the Race
Premier League contenders Tottenham sticker Harry Kane and Man United Romelu Lukaku lost their bid for top scorer in last season to Mo Salah. Would they replace it with another accolade in Russia? Perhaps the World Cup demands top class performance from the entire team to win the Golden Boot not just one talented individual. Ronaldo and Messi’s drop off is a great example by their teams’ disappointing campaigns.
Harry Kane leads with 5 goals and Romelu Lukaku with 4 goals, both netted in group stage against Tunisia and Panama. It remains to be seen whether their teams England and Belgium could go further than round of 16, to allow their stars keep scoring. France youngster no. 10 Kylian Mbappe scored three times. His show off in knockout stage could surprise everyone if France succeed in beating Uruguay in the quarters. Uruguay are also praised with Edinson Cavani scoring three goals up until now.
Neymar Out of Luck So Far
The 26-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward failed to impress at Russia 2018 so far, netting only once and bursting into tears in a second group play against Costa Rica. He was luckier in being fouled with a record of ten times against Switzerland. He hopes to follow the footsteps of his fellow PSG strikers Mbappe and Cavani in knockouts. After all his team are expected to reach the finals and that will give him so many chances to live up to the expectations of online sportsbooks in Russia.
The focus on Neymar has freed up teammates, his fellow Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho shined, by scoring twice in Brazil’s three games. Would Coutinho prove himself as more vital to Brazil’s attacking force? Will he enter the race with more sensational goals in the upcoming games?
World Cup Golden Boot Winner Odds
According to Unibet Sportsbook, Kane still leads the World Cup golden boot winner odds, standing at (2.25), Romelu Lukaku with (3.75) odds, Mbappe (10.00), Cavani and Neymar (26.00), and Coutinho with (41.00) odds. It is hard to pick one talent of such plethora of world top strikers. But remember when you place a bet that the World Cup has no mercy for weaker teams, and probably the team who reaches the final will bring us the 2018 World Cup top scorer.