Predicted Golden Boot winner World Cup 2014

7th April 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

Lionel Messi is the predicted Golden Boot winner World Cup 2014, with the Argentine goal-getter priced up as heavy 9/1 favourite with online betting site Bet365. The Barcelona superstar did not get on the scoresheet at all at the 2010 World Cup, as under the management of Diego Maradona, he was used in a deeper role as a support player instead of putting him in the areas where he could do the most damage.

But this time around Argentina are using him well. He is playing where he should and he has big forward support from the likes of Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero. So there are players around him who are going to not only directly create chances for him, but if defences are worried about the finishing of Aguero and Higuain, it should create simply more space for Messi to exploit and to work his magic.

The world stage is still waiting to see the best of Messi, so will it happen this time around. One of the most gifted footballers ever, and with his phenomenal scoring throughout his career, of course if you are eying up a wager on the predicted Golden Boot winner World Cup 2014, you are going to be thinking of Messi. Argentina are one of the strongest teams heading to Brazil this time and have a real shot at the World Cup title, trading as joint 5/1 second favourites alongside Germany. Messi netted ten goals during qualification, with Gonzalo Higuain netting 9 and Aguero 5.

One of the most interesting names in the predicted Golden Boot winner World Cup 2014 market, is of course Cristiano Ronaldo. Portugal have been stuck in a tough group alongside Germany and Ghana, but will the power of the Real Madrid star help them get through it? It looks as if Portugal’s number of games could be limited in comparison to that of Argentina, who are expected to go deep into the tournament. A quarter final place looks as if it could be a huge achievement for the Portuguese. Ronaldo is a performer though and you can still see him getting chances. But he is a far weaker team than other front runners in the World Cup 2014 Golden Boot market.

Cristiano Ronaldo is trading at 12/1, the same price of Brazilian golden boy Neymar. The youngster hasn’t been setting the goalscoring charts alight during his first season in La Liga with Barca, but for Brazil his record is fantastic. He is their great hope alongside the more pragmatic shifts which will be put in by the likes of his fellow strikes Jo, Hulk and Fred. Neymar is a match winner, with the ability to score the spectacular and frighten the life out of defences. Brazil, like Argentina are very strong and so Neymar should get the chances to run up a few goals.

There is a fantastic array of forward talent heading to Brazil 2014, where there wasn’t too much around four years ago in South Africa. This time the field runs deep with the likes of Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, Holland’s record scorer Robin van Persie, Italy’s Mario Balotelli, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, Argentina’s duo of Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, Spain’s Diego Costa, to Germany’s Thomas Muller and more. Tough to pick from that impressive bunch and for many, it may be Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and his phenomenal goal scoring form for Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League which represents fantastic value at 16/1.

Noticing the lack of England players here? Not too surprising, given their massive failure at the last World Cup and lack of goals at Euro 2012, and Wayne Rooney is trading at 50/1 with Daniel Sturridge at 66/1 with Danny Welbeck at 150/1.

Our Predicted Golden Boot winner World Cup 2014
You will generally look for a player from a team who is likely to be knocking around the final four. Germany and Spain don’t have the big goalscorer (unless Diego Costa settles into international life phenomenally quickly for the latter) so that would leave Brazil and Argentina. The Brazilians are going to face tougher opposition than they have over the last couple of years and so Argentina’s Lionel Messi actually looks a great shot, but an each way on Sergio Aguero wouldn’t be a bad call at all.

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