World Cup Betting and Odds on Golden Boot Winner

5th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

All of the forwards at the 2010 FIFA World Cup will have success for their nation on their minds, as well as personal goals of attaining the Golden Boot for finishing the tournament as top goal scorer. There are some impressive names on the list, but one absentee is Chelsea’s Didier Drogba, who is now a serious doubt to take part after fracturing his arm in a warm-up match. You will see that most of the list is comprised of players from nations who leading the way in World Cup football betting, as the stronger the team, the more chance is that they will have more matches to play. That will give their respective forwards more chance of finding the back of the net, naturally. Here we take a look at the ten leading contenders to win the Golden Boot at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


David Villa (Spain)
International Record: 37 Goals in 57 appearances
Average: 0.64 goals per match
Current World Cup Odds: 8/1 at Bet365

Preview: David Villa, who just secured a big money move to Barcelona in the summer after many successful years at Valencia, is Spain’s big hope. The European Champions will look to Villa to continue his strong goal scoring record, and being backed up with the quality of team that he has behind him, he shouldn’t have any problems whatsoever in adding to that record. A phenomenal young talent, which is why Barcelona have paid big bucks to get him. With betting on Spain at the World cup placing them as favourites, the deeper the run, the more Villa will score.

Lionel Messi (Argentina)
International Record: 13 Goals in 44 appearances
Average: 0.29 goals per match
Current World Cup Odds: 10/1 at SkyBet

At such a young age, he has probably needed to buy a second house just put all of his awards and accolades in. A genuine world talent, but has been accused of not bringing his best to the national side. Perhaps it is more of a case that the coaches in charge of Argentina have not been able to get the best out of him. Whatever, as proven for Barcelona, he literally has the world at his feet. The only doubt is his slightly disappointing goal scoring record for his country, and doubts over how Argentina will get in the competition.

Wayne Rooney (England)
International Record: 25 Goals in 60 appearances
Average: 0.41 goals per match
Current World Cup Odds: 11/1 at Paddy Power

England’s great hope. Without Rooney, England will be short of goal. Has a great goal scoring record, not up there with that of the Spaniards on this list, but impressive none the less, especially having played under the conservative Sven Goran Eriksson. He is a superstar on the world stage, and needs the support of his midfielders to help him get the goals. He certainly has them in him after a fantastic record at club level this season, and if England are going to get the World Cup final in South Africa then they need Rooney firing on all cylinders. There is no doubt that he has the ability to win this, and playing against weaker opposition in the group stages could get him ahead. Only concern is over injuries, in which he was picking up towards the end of the season, but brushing off maybe a bit too lightly. Dedicated and passionate. He is the heart of England.

Luis Fabiano (Brazil)
International Record: 25 Goals in 36 appearances
Average: 0.69 goals per match
Current World Cup Odds: 12/1 at Boylesports

Topping the averages on this chart, with a simply phenomenal goal scoring record. He has arrived on the scene late in comparison to most of the other players leading the way in the Golden Boot World Cup Odds. His record of 25 goals in 36 matches speaks for itself, and he is a talented predator. With Brazil looking stronger than they have done for some years, then there is every chance you will see Fabiano celebrating finding the back of the net on quite a few occasions. Brazil are in a tough group though, but will that quash the threat of their potent counter attacking? The look strong enough to take on all comers and win the tournament.

Fernando Torres (Spain)
International Record: 23 Goals in 73 appearances
Average: 0.31 goals per match
Current World Cup Odds: 14/1 at Totesport

Liverpool’s talisman was struggling with injury leading up to the tournament. He is back in training though, and the European Championships hero will be a huge asset if he is fully fit. Has a great goal scoring touch and in a star studded side with an embarrassment of riches, he can still stand out. His club level record is mightily impressive and in full flow, injury free, can give Villa a run for his money as Spain’s leading goal scorer.

Robin Van Persie (Holland)
International Record: 17 Goals in 43 appearances
Average: 0.39 goals per match
Current World Cup Odds: 16/1 at Coral

Holland are not attracting a great deal of attention in World Cup Betting but they should not be overlooked. They are looking organized, strong and most importantly for the Dutch, consistent. Arsenal’s Robin van Persie is another young talent who should grace the world stage and set the tournament alight. He has shown it time and time again in the Premier League. The price on Holland winning the World Cup has steadily been shortening, and they really should be watched out for. Teaming up with Wesley Sniejder behind him, the consummate link man, a lot of Holland’s goals will come through van Persie.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
International Record: 22 Goals in 71 appearances
Average: 0.30
Current World Cup Odds: 20/1 at ExtraBet

The ex-Manchester United star will still be the jewel in Portugal’s crown, even though he finished the domestic season empty handed with Real Madrid. Where he shone at Manchester United, carrying the team, he has not had quite the same impact with the Spanish giants. Of course he is still oozing talent and ability, but can he deliver on the world stage with a Portugal side which punters are not really making too much off. Was not overly impressive during their qualification run, although he was struggling with injuries for a lot of the season. They need him to fire if Portugal are even going to get out of the Group of Death, and it appears that they just won’t go deep enough to give Ronaldo a chance at winning the Golden Boot.

Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina)
International Record: 2 Goals in 5 appearances
Average: 0.4 goals per match
Current World Cup Odds: 25/1 at William Hill

The second of three Argentineans in the list. Real Madrid’s Higuain has a good scoring record at club level, with 59 goals in 110 appearances. Has not had enough experience in the national side though, and who knows what coach Maradona is going to do during the tournament? Could be one of those outside bets who people overlook, but really go on a hot streak during the World Cup. Possible, but maybe not so likely, hence the price at the online bookmakers, which reflects that.

Diego Milito (Argentina)
International Record: 4 Goals in 20 appearances
Average: 0.2 goals per match
Current World Cup Odds: 33/1 at Bet365

He fired Inter Milan to the Champions League title, and that will have cut his odds a little bit. Not a particularly potent rate of goals for his country, but then again, Argentina have been going through some difficult times with the team struggling for form. Can he carry over his good club form to prove his worth on the World stage? There is a hint that he will, especially with Argentina having a favorable group draw. The big question mark over all of the Argentinean players, is just how far they will go in the tournament. Personal talent and ability will only get you so far, you need a team to back you up. Do the Argentineans have it?

Peter Crouch (England)
International Record: 21 Goals in 38 appearances
Average: 0.55 goals per match
Current World Cup Odds: 50/1 at Stan James

Think about it. Where would England be with Peter Crouch? There would be a choice left between Emile Heskey and Jermain Defoe to be the main partner for Wayne Rooney. Unorthodox yes, but he always get right in amongst the action, bundling goals after being in the right place at the right time. Whether as a starter or an impact substitution, Crouch can play a large part in England’s success. Plus he does have a better international record than Wayne Rooney. Who knows, if England reach at least the semi finals, then the goals Crouch pops up with, really could start to add up.

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