Golden Boot, Golden Ball & Golden Glove: World Cup betting updates

Where do the three individual World Cup betting markets stand with two games to go?

Having enjoyed 62 games of the World Cup so far, we are left with just two matches remaining.

Incredibly, this World Cup has seen just one 0-0 and it has been a ride of emotion all the way through.

There will be arguments long into the future over the quality of Russia 2018, but it will undoubtedly go down as one of the great tournaments.

France vs Croatia is a fascinating final. Whilst England versus Belgium in the third place play-off may not be a game either side wants, but expect high TV viewing numbers and potentially some drama and excitement.

There have been significant changes to the Golden Boot, Golden Ball and Golden Glove markets over the past two games. Each one is detailed below.

The 2018 World Cup Golden Boot

There has been much conjecture over Harry Kane’s performance versus Croatia but there is one trophy almost certainly “coming home”.

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Kane may not have scored in England’s semi-final but ultimately none of his challengers did either, in both games.

The Tottenham talisman is now 1/20 to win the World Cup Golden Boot outright.

Could Lukaku, Mbappe or Griezmann overtake Kane?

Kane could well wrap this up beyond any reasonable doubt with a goal or two in the third place play-off match versus Belgium on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku is two goals behind and at 20/1. Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe also find themselves at long odds and effectively need a hat-trick versus Croatia in the final.

By virtue of having one assist, Lukaku does look best placed to overhaul Kane. But, it is far from certain that the Manchester United striker will play against England on Saturday.


MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 11: Harry Kane of England looks dejected following his sides defeat in during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

World Cup Golden Boot: The race as it stands & current odds

See the 101 Great Goals World Cup Golden Boot betting guide here. Includes all the goal scorers at Russia 2018 so far.

The 2018 World Cup Golden Ball

From the start of the tournament, the World Cup Golden Ball – awarded to the best player of the tournament by a FIFA committee – has been fascinating.

Cristiano Ronaldo looked to have it wrapped up early doors. Then came Harry Kane but now it looks like a two-horse race.

Kylian Mbappe is the favourite and is odds-on at 10/11 to win the Golden Ball on Sunday night.

It would not be a massive surprise to see France win the tournament and Mbappe has been sensational in Russia.

Can Luka Modric beat Kylian Mbappe to the Golden Ball?

The other contender for the Golden Ball is Luka Modric.

If Croatia win the World Cup, it is almost certain that Modric will win this award.

Other contenders include Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante – the latter is a superb shout for the actual best player at Russia 2018, but would be a surprise winner.


KALININGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 16: Luka Modric of Croatia in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Croatia and Nigeria at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 16, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

World Cup Golden Ball: The race as it stands & current odds

See the 101 Great Goals World Cup Golden Ball betting guide here. Includes more options and odds. Could a Croatian besides Luka Modric yet have a say?

The 2018 World Cup Golden Glove

There really is only one favourite in this market: France’s Hugo Lloris.

If Les Bleus see off Croatia, Lloris will end up lifting the World Cup and taking home this individual award of the best goalkeeper at Russia 2018.

Lloris has been tremendous so far at the World Cup, which not everyone expected thanks to some patchy form during the past season for Spurs.

Can Subasic beat Lloris to the Golden Glove?

The somewhat surprising aspect of this market is that Danijel Subasic appears to be at fairly long odds of 15/8.

Were Croatia to take the World Cup final to penalties, then Subasic would have a real chance of usurping Lloris.

The other surprise is that Jordan Pickford is significantly shorter odds than Thibaut Courtois. Although in truth, neither goalkeeper is likely to play in the third place play-off…


NIZHNY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA – JULY 01: Danijel Subasic of Croatia saves the first penalty from Christian Eriksen of Denmark (not pictured) in the penalty shoot out during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

World Cup Golden Glove: The race as it stands & current odds

Player
Country
Odds on July 12, 2018
Hugo Lloris
France
1/2
Danijel Subasic
Croatia
13/8
Jordan Pickford
England
10/1
Thibaut Courtois
Belgium
25/1

See the 101 Great Goals World Cup Golden Glove betting guide here.

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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