World Cup betting updates: Where we stand at the semi-final stage
There are just four games to go in what has arguably been the greatest World Cup ever.
For sure we are biased, and English when we write the above lines, but the fact there has only been one 0-0 in 60 matches tells its own story.
Now with four games to go, the World Cup could go to one of four teams, all who will feel they have a realistic chance of winning their remaining two matches.
From a World Cup betting perspective, there are three individual markets which are all very much alive.
The 2018 World Cup Golden Boot
As it stands, Harry Kane is the main contender and it is difficult to see who can see off the England talisman.
Kane is the overwhelming favourite at 1/7 and is now guaranteed two matches to complete the job.
More than anything, whilst Kane has six goals from playing just four matches for England at the World Cup, the trouble for his opponents is they come from teams that share the goals round.
Has Harry Kane won the Golden Boot already?
Romelu Lukaku and Kylian Mbappe both look like great options to win the Golden Boot – and can still be backed at attractive odds.
But, like Antoine Griezmann, they all feature in teams that share the goals around.
You would expect Kane to bag at least one more goal in the two matches remaining. Since 1974, the World Cup Golden Boot has only been won once by a player scoring more than 7 – Brazilian Ronaldo scored eight goals in 2002.
It remains possible that assists could come into play, but someone will have to catch Harry Kane first!
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
Whilst the Golden Boot may be wrapped up, the Golden Ball is a different story altogether.
Ask 10 football fans from across the globe, who has been the best player at the World Cup so far and they will likely provide you with six different answers.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Harry Kane, Kylian Mbappe, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard have all produced brilliant performances.
And, the current betting reflects what is such an open market.
Mbappe vs Kane?
Both Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane lead the way as it stands, at 7/2 with Bet365.
Then comes Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Luka Modric.
The other two realistic contenders at this stage are Kevin De Bruyne and Antoine Griezmann.
There is no getting away from this one: The Golden Ball will be won by a player from the winning team.
If it’s England (it is coming home, right?!) then Kane will win it even if he fails to score in the final two matches. The same applies for Kylian Mbappe and France.
Things could get a little more complicated if Belgium win it, but this remains a brilliant market to bet on as there are just so many possibilities.
One thing to remember on this market, is that it is decided by FIFA committee and often goes to an Adidas player…
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 Paul Pogba yet have a say?
The 2018 World Cup Golden Glove
We have seen some outstanding goalkeeping performances at this World Cup.
Kasper Schmeichel’s display for Denmark against Croatia will live long in the memory. Whilst Igor Akinfeev produced some Lev Yashin-type performances for Russia.
But, when it comes to the Golden Glove, the bookies believe this will only go to the goalkeeper of the winning team.
As a result, it is a four-way battle and Hugo Lloris, Thibaut Courtois, Jordan Pickford and Danijel Subasic have all put their cases forward already.
Lloris, Courtois or Pickford?
According to the bookies, Hugo Lloris is the current favourite for the Golden Glove, presumably thanks to his wonder save in the win over Uruguay.
Courtois has his own moment to look back on, with that save from Philippe Coutinho in the dying seconds of the Belgium win over Brazil.
We suspect there are plenty of you backing Jordan Pickford right now, and why not? After all, if England win it, Pickford has already played a key role.
Again, this is decided by FIFA committee but will surely be decided on who wins the World Cup…
World Cup Golden Glove: The race as it stands & current odds
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.