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30th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

Four years ago, Miroslav Klose won the Golden Shoe with five goals and it looks as though a similar total will be required in South Africa to finish top of the scoring charts. The bookmakers now make this competition a three-horse race and the strikers involved all look likely to play at least two more games at the 2010 World Cup.

There are three players that have scored four goals in this tournament, although Robert Vittek (40/1 Ladbrokes) can only sit and watch after his Slovakia team were knocked out by the Netherlands. You should only consider backing him if you think that nobody else will hit five goals or more.

David Villa is once again the market leader after his winning goal against Portugal on Tuesday and it’s also worth noting that the Barcelona striker has now opened the scoring in his past three matches. It’s fair to say that Spain would be out of this World Cup if it wasn’t for the 28-year-old who seemingly has the ball glued to his feet in possession and the bookmakers go no bigger than 2/1 (Ladbrokes) about him.

Villa has been playing a game of cat-and-mouse with Gonzalo Higuain since the group stages, with the Argentina forward profiting from having the hard-working Carlos Tevez and the creative Lionel Messi playing alongside him. It has helped the Real Madrid forward also score four goals and these have been achieved by playing one less game than the Spanish forward. We could be set to have an El Clasico showdown between these players in the semi-final and Higuain is on offer at 11/4 (Blue Square).

However, the fact that these two teams are in the same half of the draw means that one player will only be playing two more matches at this World Cup, while Brazil look likely to play the quarter final, semi final and final. That’s potentially 270 minutes for Luis Fabiano to add to his tally of three goals which have helped the Selecao cruise into the last eight of the competition. While the Sevilla striker might struggle to find the net against the Dutch, he might enjoy himself against Uruguay or Ghana – something which could make the 9/2 (Coral) an attractive proposition.

We probably shouldn’t discount Luis Suarez, who is also proving himself to be a world-class striker at this tournament. The Uruguayan hauled himself into contention at the top of the scoring charts thanks to the winning goal against Mexico followed by a brace against South Korea at the last sixteen stage. A repeat of this performance against Ghana on Friday night would see his odds contract sharply from the 16/1 (Paddy Power) currently available.

Diego Forlan (25/1 Paddy Power), Carlos Tevez (25/1 Sky Bet) and Miroslav Klose (25/1 William Hill) are the players with an outside chance of winning the Golden Shoe, having scored two goals apiece thus far.

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