WORLD CUP WINNER / TOP GOALSCORER DOUBLE: BETTING TIPSOf course, it isn’t without its risks. It’s why the rewards are so high. Nobody expected James Rodriguez to announce himself on the world stage like he did four years ago, so the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner could be worth a few quid, or at the very least a free bet.
In terms of winners, well that’s perhaps more open than ever before. The Brazilians and the Germans are favourites to win the World Cup with the bookmakers, while Spain, France, Belgium and Argentina only need a good run of results to take the crown.
But what are the bookmakers saying when it comes to the Winner/Top Goalscorer market at Russia 2018?
Brazil/Neymar - 20/1The bookmakers are offering a Brazil/Neymar combination as favourite. Not since 2002 has the winner of the tournament also claimed the winner of the Golden Boot.
That again was Brazil, where Ronaldo took the honours, with eight goals.
Neymar was probably set to top score four years ago before crashing out of the tournament with an injury, but he’ll be back this year looking to make amends.
He’s been in fine form for PSG, netting 28 goals in 30 games and his record for country is just as good. If you’re backing Brazil to win the World Cup, it only seems natural to boost your odds by backing Neymar too.
Germany/Timo Werner - 40/1RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner will be on the watchlist of a number of clubs this summer, not least Bayern who look set to lose Robert Lewandowski.
You can back the Germany/Werner double at 40/1. The Germans have known how to find the net at tournaments in the last decade or so, with Miroslav Klose and Thomas Muller dominating the scoring charts. Werner could well add to that, particularly if his nation does as expected and reaches the World Cup Final.
He’s scored seven in 12 for his country and will likely lead the line for them when they kick off in Group F. Goals can be found against the likes of Mexico and South Korea, and we’d expect him to get off to a good start as the World Champions look to defend their title.
Argentina/Lionel Messi - 33/1The World Cup hasn’t been kind to Lionel Messi as yet. He picked up the Golden Ball, rather controversially, in Brazil but lost in the Final and hasn’t secured a Golden Boot yet.
That could all change this summer. With an incredible attacking line, Messi is among the favourites to win the Golden Boot, while Argentina are at 9/1 to win the tournament.
Messi will be the man to watch this summer, and at aged 30, time is running out to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Diego Maradona.
Argentina have a good group to get out of and most Group D World Cup tips are suggesting they will cruise through to the knockout stages.
Messi will certainly prove the difference, alongside Aguero, Di Maria and Higuain against Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria.
France/Antoine Griezmann - 40/1Griezmann is a fantastic bet to take in the Russia 2018 Golden Boot stakes. At 10/1 he is great value on his own, but a 40/1 double on Griezmann and France to win the tournament could earn a huge prize pot with most online bookmakers.
Griezmann topped the charts at Euro 2016 and has only improved as a player since then. He’s looking to make a move from Atlético this summer, so there’s plenty of incentive for him to prove himself at the World Cup.
Behind him there’s a hugely talented French side. They’re comfortably Group C favourite, and in the likes of Pogba, Mbappe, Kante, Lloris and Umtiti have one of the most balanced sides at Russia.
That’ll certainly hold them in good stead, especially with many of those able to prove moments of magic that can turn a game on its head in an instant.
Belgium/Romelu Lukaku - 80/1While Belgium have failed to stamp their authority on tournaments in recent years, despite the capabilities of their squad, you get the impression it’s going to be a little different this summer.
Most of the squad are going in with a decent run of form, while Romelu Lukaku looks as lethal as ever. 80/1 odds for the Belgium/Lukaku victory is well worth a World Cup no deposit free bet, and we’d certainly have a wager on this bet.
A Lukaku top scorer in his own right is worth backing, even as a double with another nation. With Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard behind him, Tunisia and Panama look the perfect games to score a hatful.
For United he loves to bully the lesser sides and we can only see this happening again in Group G.
Germany/Antoine Griezmann - 100/1As mentioned, it’s been 16 years since a top scorer came from the winning nation, which has us looking at a Germany/Antoine Griezmann double as a solid wager.
The World Champions have a squad packed full of world class stars that most will struggle to break down. Griezmann is certainly going to be on the end of a few goals with the side that’s behind him, so we’d fancy this wager, perhaps on a par with a Germany/Lukaku double.