David Villa cut to 4/1 to win 2010 World Cup Golden Shoe after FIFA reprieve

23rd June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

According to the bookmaker odds, there are four players in with a shout of being the leading goalscorer in South Africa, with Spain’s David Villa among them. The striker was captured on camera hitting out at Honduras defender Emilio Izaguirre during his team’s 2-0 win on Monday, although FIFA have surprisingly decided against taking further action and it means that the Barcelona new boy has two goals to his name and is 4/1 (bet365) to add the Golden Shoe to the Golden Boot he collected during Euro 2008.

While there’s no denying his goalscoring talent, there is of course the possibility that Villa will play just one more game at the World Cup. While Brazil, Argentina and Holland have the knockout stages ahead of them, Spain’s continued participation in South Africa depends on victory against Chile – something which is not certain. Indeed, the bookies make them a 1/2 shot to get the three points they need.

Slight favourite on this market is Gonzalo Higuain, the Real Madrid striker who scored a hat-trick against South Korea to surge to the top of the market. Diego Maradona decided to rest the forward for the final Group B match against Greece, although he’s sure to return hungry for goals against Mexico, who aren’t renowned for having a tight defence (they conceded against South Africa and Uruguay). You can currently back Higuain at odds of 3/1 (William Hill).

Luis Fabiano is next in the betting, having bagged a brace during Brazil’s 3-1 win over the Ivory Coast. The Sevilla striker bounced back after a disappointing match against North Korea and perhaps offers the best value at odds of 11/2 (bet365). After all, the forward is likely to play against Portugal on Friday and will then potentially line up against Chile or Switzerland in the last sixteen. Four goals might yet be enough to win this award.

Uruguay’s Diego Forlan also has two goals to his name after three Group A matches and is also an interesting contender. As mentioned in a previous article, La Celeste look as though they have a clear route through to the semi-final and that means three more matches for the Atletico Madrid forward to make his mark. Sporting Bet offer 12/1 that the former Manchester United striker finishes top of the pile.

These are the four players who look as though they are going to battle it out for this award. Lionel Messi is available at 25/1 (Paddy Power) and perhaps shouldn’t be written off ahead of a potential goalfest against Mexico, although the Barcelona forward seems to be heavily-marked at this World Cup, something which at least is allowing his team-mates to score. Similarly, Robin Van Persie will hope for the chance to play against Cameroon during the Netherlands’ final Group E match. The Arsenal striker is currently available at 33/1 (bet365) to win the Golden Shoe.

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