Following his spectacular hat-trick against Spain on Friday evening, the ego that is the magnificent Cristiano Ronaldo has been cut to 7/4 favourite with William Hill to win the Golden Boot at the World Cup.
World Cup Top Goalscorer Latest Betting
Being a Golden Boot winner at the FIFA World Cup is a great honour, and it makes for a very popular betting market as well. This market can also represent great value as the favourites are usually around the 7 to 8/1 mark at a minimum, meaning it can throw up some long odds winning bets, especially if you get a shock winner.
About The World Cup Top Scorer Market
Outside of the World Cup Winner Betting market, the top scorer market is one of the most popular betting markets on the event.
When looking for a winner in this market it’s worth looking at a striker from one of the sides you expect may reach the semi-finals. This gives your player the chance to play in the maximum 7 matches, as both the losing semi-finalists will play in a 3rd place play-off match.
The 3rd place play-off match will arguably throw up more goal scoring opportunities than the final, given there is little or no pressure on that match, compared with the final, which will most probably be a tight, low scoring affair.
Is Golden Boot Winner The Same As Top Goalscorer Betting?
Bookmakers generally only offer Top Goalscorer markets, but it’s worth knowing that from a betting perspective there could be a difference between a bet on wins the Golden Boot, and a bet on the Top Goalscorer.
Although both the Golden Boot and the World Cup Top Goalscorer are essentially the same thing, when betting, there can be a difference.
The Golden Boot cannot be shared, it has to have an individual winner. For example, Germany’s Thomas Muller won the Golden Boot at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Muller scored 5 goals in South Africa, as did David Villa, Diego Forlan and Wesley Sneijder. The reason why Muller was awarded the Golden Boot was because he had more assists than the other three.
So if you had backed David Villa to be Golden Boot winner in 2010, you would have lost, despite Villa being joint top goalscorer. While if you had backed Villa to be Top Goalscorer, you would have won under dead heat rules.
The upshot of all this is, too make sure you are fully aware of what the dead heat rules are before placing any bets. If it is simply a bet on who FIFA award the Golden Boot too, then it is an obvious bet. If it a bet on the Top Goalscorer, then dead heat rules will most probably apply, so make sure you are aware of these rules before you bet.
Top Goalscorer Each Way Betting
In general, all the major bookmakers offer each-way betting at 1/4 of the odds, for the first 4 places. Dead heat rules can vary from bookmaker to bookmaker, so make sure you check the rules with the bookmaker you are using before placing any bets.