After his hat-trick against Portugal yesterday, Thomas Muller (3 goals) is now the new outright favourite to be top goalscorer at the 2014 World Cup.
Muller has leaped over Neymar and Messi in both odds and the goalscorer charts, and is now a best price of 4/1 with 888Sport to top the goalscoring charts for the second World Cup running.
This is what makes Muller such good value. He has pedigree when it comes to scoring at World Cups, having won the Golden Boot in South Africa four years ago.
He was actually joint top scorer with 5 goals (alongside David Villa, Diego Forlan and Wesley Sneijder) in 2010, but was awarded the Golden Boot because he had more assists. This is something to bear in mind when betting on Top Goalscorer OR Golden Boot winner.
To explain more, the Golden Boot can’t be shared, if players end up on the same amount of goals, a tie-break policy is used, where assists are taken into account. If that is level, more tie-breaks are used until a winner is established. So check to see if you are betting on Top Goalscorer or Golden Boot when placing bets.
Back to the Top Goalscorer betting odds, and Neymar (2 goals) is second behind Muller at 11/2 (again with 888Sport), Messi (1 goal) is next best at odds of 15/2 with 888Sport, and Robin van Persie (2 goals) is 8/1 with bet365 (£200 Welcome Bonus).
Each-way bets on these are paid out at 1/4 of the odds for a top 4 finish.