As we approach the latter parts of the footballing season, players around the world will be praying that they can stay fit and healthy, avoiding any niggles or serious injury that will jeopardise their chance of playing on the biggest stage of them all – The World Cup. Brazil 2014 has generated an unrivalled excitement amongst fans and players alike and there seems to be something special about playing in Samba country. Winning the FIFA World Cup is obviously the main priority for any team, but strikers will also have a keen eye on the Golden Boot award, presented to the highest scoring player at the tournament. Below we take a look at some potential candidates to scoop the coveted Golden Boot, with the obvious contenders and some outsiders assessed in the top goalscorer Brazil World Cup 2014 betting odds.
1. Candidate for Golden Boot
Seven of the last ten winners of the Golden Boot scored six goals at the World Cup to secure the trophy. Of those ten winners, seven played in seven matches in the tournament, therefore it appears important to look for a player from a team who is likely to progress to at least the semi-final stage to select the winner.
Leo Messi - the betting favourite. Widely considered as the best player in the world, Messi has had a relatively quiet year by his high standards, and is available at 8/1 with William Hill to come out on top. Argentina have a very easy group and should have a smooth run to the semi-final stage at least. Messi has bagged 37 goals in 83 games for Argentina, including 8 goals in qualifying for this year’s tournament in Brazil.
Luis Suarez - one of the best strikers in the world at the moment. Suarez bagged 8 goals in qualifying and is available at betting odds of 16/1 with William Hill. The Uruguayan centre forward does however find himself in the ‘group of death’ with England and Italy, and as such he is not guaranteed to play more than three matches. He therefore represents poor betting value.
Marco Reus - scored 7 goals for Germany in qualifying. Plays as an attacking winger in a free scoring German side who notched 36 times in ten qualifying matches. Available at 40/1, he could be a live outsider, as Germany should make the semi-finals as they have a very strong team, and Reus is very likely to start most fixtures.
Edin Dzeko - Top scorer in the UEFA qualifying section, notching an impressive 9 goals. Dzeko is a rank outsider at 100/1, mostly because Bosnia-Herzegovina are unfancied at 150/1 to win the tournament. They are in a group with Argentina, and have a good chance of qualifying as runners up, so it would be no surprise to see Dzeko score a few before they depart in the second stage or the quarter finals.
2. Free bet at William Hill
The top goalscorer 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil betting tips are reflective of the fact it is difficult to pick the winner. With Messi available at 8/1 favourite, it is wide open. Christiano Ronaldo is obviously a magician, but his position as third favourite does not seem justified, as his country Portgual are unlikely to progress to the latter stages. Argentina have a dearth of attacking talent and an easy group, so Messi should be able to get some goals chalked up early, although countryman Sergio Aguero and co. will also want to get in on the act.
When betting on the World Cup 2014 top goalscorer, it is vital to pick a bookmaker who are established, have a good reputation and offer concessions. William Hill fit all the criteria, and offer a £25 free bet upon sign up. There are plenty of markets from which you can choose to find value bets when using William Hill, so go to the bookmaker and start making FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil betting odds.