Despite being out of the World Cup, Columbia’s James Rodriguez is still the favourite to be the tournament’s Top Scorer at a best price of 8/11 with bet365.
Rodriguez (6 goals) is currently 2 goals ahead of his closest rivals, Messi, Muller and Neymar (who all have 4 goals), and then comes Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben both on 3 goals.
Obviously Neymar is out of the tournament, while the others now have a guaranteed 2 matches to try and catch Rodriguez.
Rodriguez remains the favourite, probably due to the fact that tight matches are expected throughout the rest of the World Cup, but the 3rd place play-off would see a less pressurised match, and who knows what might happen there?
It’s not impossible to see Muller or Messi scoring one goal a game in their remaining two fixtures, whether the second match be a final or the 3rd place play-off, so a dead heat isn’t out of the question.
For Arjen Robben and van Persie, it looks a bit more difficult. It’s hard to make a case for either man scoring the 4 goals required to possibly win outright, and it looks hard for either of them to even score the 3 required for a (possible, depending on what Messi and Muller do) dead heat with Rodriguez.
If you are a real optimist, Higuain (1 Goal) and Fred (1 Goal) are 200/1, although in Fred’s case I think he should be more like 100,000/1.
If you are betting on each-way first goalscorers in the remaining World Cup fixtures, it is worth noting that bet365 pay out on unlimited goalscorers (on each-way bets), which means you could have the last goalscorer in a 3-3 draw and still win. New bet365 customers can also get a £200.00 Welcome Bonus and a £50.00 free mobile bet.
Both new and existing bet365 customers can also get a refund on losing World Cup Outright Winner bets if your team gets knocked out on penalties. So far it has refunded on Greece, Chile and Costa Rica, and with more tight matches expected, I expect to see it come into force again.
Full Top Scorer Betting is as follows,
6 Goals – Rodriguez 8/11
4 Goals – Messi 10/3
4 Goals – Muller 9/2
3 Goals – van Persie 16/1
3 Goals – Robben 20/1