2018 FIFA World Cup – Golden Boot Update

Golden Boot Update

5 Goals: Harry Kane (2.81)

4 Goals: Romelu Lukaku (5.37) & Cristiano Ronaldo (6.51)

3 Goals: Denis Cheryshev (124) & Diego Costa (8.03)

2 Goals: Eden Hazard, Artem Dzyuba, John Stones, Luka Modric, Philippe Coutinho, Andreas Granqvist, Luis Suarez (All 29.0 or more)

There have been 16 Golden Boot Winners since 1970 (including ties) and 13 of these 16 players represented teams that at least reached the semi-finals and so played in either the consolation match or the final. Six goals would have been enough to win the Golden Boot in all the past 12 World Cups, while in 2006 and 2010, lower scoring editions, five strikes were enough. Filling your boots against weaker teams in the group stage isn’t a necessity as nine of the 16 top scorers averaged more goals per game in the knockout phase and Paolo Rossi in ’82 and Mario Kempes four years earlier didn’t even score in the groups. Having said that, some easy group stage matches won’t hurt and 12 of the 16 top scorers netted at least twice at this stage, so we haven’t included any players still on one goal in our list or those who have already gone home.

Of our picks, Diego Costa at 31.0 and Eden Hazard at 46.0 are well-placed to challenge. Harry Kane’s taken advantage of some weak opponents in the group stages and history suggests he may only need another goal to win the Golden Boot. England are now in the ‘easier’ side of the draw so a semi-final isn’t unrealistic, but he’s a short enough price and we’d prefer to look at a player with more juice int heir price

Romelu Lukaku has a reputation for being something of a flat track bully and while a he could add to his tally against Japan, a potential quarter-final meeting with Brazil puts us off him. Ronaldo is next in the betting, but Portugal face a tough examination against Uruguay in the Last 16 and beyond Costa is Neymar, who hasn’t yet looked at his brilliant best on his return from injury. Instead, with a one goal head start and faced with a Mexico side that conceded three times in their last group game, Philippe Coutinho looks the one worth backing. We’re expecting Argentina to go out to France and so Messi doesn’t make much appeal and of the rest Suarez is the one we like most, though Uruguay’s knockout draw looks far trickier than their group stage one.


Coutinho to be Top Goalscorer at 50


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