Of all the markets still running throughout the World Cup, perhaps the biggest odds still about are in the race for who will be the 2014 World Cup top scorer.
After round one of the competition, Thomas Muller has (11/4) emerged as the favourite following the German’s hat-trick against Portugal.
Muller, who won the 2010 Golden Boot in South Africa, has incredibly scored more goals at World Cups than Diego Maradona with 8 goals in 7 World Cup games. Perhaps more startling is that fact that Muller’s 8 goals have come from just nine recorded shots on target.
Looking at Muller’s stats in another way, at 24[years-young the Bayern attacking midfielder has more World cup goals than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic combined, while his goals per game rate in the World Cup of 1.14 is superior to that of Gerd Muller (1.08).
But if Muller isn’t going top the scoring charts, who will?
Neymar, at 9/2, also still looks like a great bet to end up with the goal-getting prize. The Brazilian starlet scored a brace in the Selecao’s opening game win against Croatia, and as his team’s designated penalty taker and star forward, the Barca man looks certain to swell his tally this summer.
Two other standout candidates are Dutch forward Robin van Persie and French attacker Karim Benzema, who are generously priced at 7/1.
Both striker also cashed in with braces in their matchday one of the competition, and with qualification for both nations looking likely, the first-named centre-forwards for the Oranje and Les Bleus will also fancy their chances of adding more goals in Brazil.
Other names to mention are Lionel Messi, who at 5/1 still looks good value considering he still has to face Nigeria and Iran in the group phase, while further back England’s Daniel Sturridge is 33/1, Wayne Rooney is 66/1, and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez is 25/1.
See the full list of the World Cup top scorer odds below.