If you’re going to win the World Cup, it needs to be done on a solid base.
The likes of Manuel Neuer, Gigi Buffon, Iker Casillas and Oliver Kahn have all proved that in more recent tournaments, and no doubt once again the winner will have a goalkeeper who really makes a difference.
2018 WORLD CUP GOLDEN GLOVE BETTING TIPS
Manuel NeuerMost World Cup predictions are fancying Manuel Neuer, the German stopper to win the award for a second time in a row.
He’s been out with injury for some time with Bayern, but is expected to return just in time for the tournament.
An integral part of the German team, he not only is a fine goalkeeper but also acts as a sweeper, keeping play moving for the World Champions.
Hugo LlorisFrance have a great chance of winning the World Cup this summer and Didier Deschamps will use him in a similar manner to Neuer.
We expect them to cruise through Group C and with a solid spine throughout the team, Lloris could be a fantastic bet for the Golden Glove.
He’s proven a little shaky for Spurs of late, so he’ll be hoping to refind his form and captain his side to the trophy.
David De GeaDavid De Gea is perhaps the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment and if anyone can keep a team in games, it’s the Spaniard.
They face a tough game in their opener with Portugal but De Gea proves time and time again he can step up to the plate.
Spain will want to go beyond the group and head towards to latter stages after failing in the Group four years ago. De Gea will be key to that progress.
Paddy Power are offering Spain at 11/2, which could be worth a punt, especially if you’re fancying De Gea to play in the same sort of form as he does for Manchester United.
Thibaut CourtoisCourtois isn’t as talked about as he used to be, but the Belgians have a heck of a side that really could go all the way.
In the Chelsea keeper they have a fantastic base, with the likes of Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in front of him.
They have perhaps the strongest defence in the tournament, which places Courtois in a strong position for the Golden Glove.
With their staggering attack too, they really could go on to lift the World Cup his time around.
Alisson BeckerLiverpool have their eye on the Brazil number one, and will even more so following the recent Champions League Final.
Any goalkeeper that can keep Manchester City’s Ederson out of the side is worth a punt and could be the difference between another catastrophic Semi Final loss and a sixth World Cup medal.
The Brazilians are joint favourites to lift the trophy with most online bookmakers, and you get the feeling that two men will be key in that, Neymar and the Roma number one.