World Cup 2018: Top Goalscorer Tips
WITH the World Cup a mere week away, our man Ross Casey offers his top goalscorer tips!
World Cup Top Goalscorer Odds
With the 2018 World Cup fast-approaching, one of the main ante-post bets from punters is the Top Goalscorer market. Lionel Messi is the 9/1 favourite at time of writing, but he is yet to really set a World Cup alight – could this be the year he finally does? Let’s take a look at the top five in the betting…
Lionel Messi 9/1
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in his last match for Argentina, taking his international goal tally to 64. He has only managed to score five goals in three World Cups though, which does count against him a little here.
However, he is facing Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria in the group stages who are not known for their defensive stability. That gives him a chance to get some goals on the doors early, but for me he is too short a price after failing to impress in his lat three World Cups.
Neymar literally broke his back trying to win the World Cup for Brazil in their own backyard in 2014. He scored four times for them before injury curtailed his tournament.
After not playing for PSG since February due to yet another injury, he returned to the pitch in a friendly against Croatia – where he scored of course.
He is a true option at 10/1 but he has a question mark over his fitness and teams will surely target him with some stiff challenges as he is the key threat for Brazil, so there are reasons not to back him in my opinion.
Antoine Griezmann 11/1
Antoine Griezmann netted 32 goals across all competitions this season for Atletico Madrid and France and netted in the 3-1 win over Italy in their last game (from the penalty spot) which is a key point for top goalscorers to take penalties (especially with VAR).
However, he has netted just twice in his last six appearances for France with the likes of Kylian Mbappe scoring more than him.
Cristiano Ronaldo 14/1
This could well be the last time we see Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup. Much like his rival Lionel Messi, he has struggled to impress on the big stage though, scoring just three times across three tournaments.
He has scored 50 goals across 49 appearances for club and country this season and sat out the Belgium warm-up game, so he should be fit and raring to go.
Portugal don’t tend to score too heavily though and with three poor tournaments in his past, he is one to avoid.
Gabriel Jesus, Harry Kane, Timo Werner 16/1
Three strikers from Brazil, England and Germany have all been priced up together here, although there are question marks on whether Jesus can nail down a starting spot, England will go far enough and if Timo Werner can replicate domestic success internationally.
My selection is Romelu Lukaku. I fancy Belgium to go far in this tournament and he has games against Panama, Tunisia and Belgium in his group where he can score in each.
Then they will move onto the knockouts and he will be provided by the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, so I expect him to be a danger from through balls and crosses throughout the tournament and at 18/1 I think he represents excellent value.
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