It’s been goals goal goals in the World Cup group stages so far with the latest fixtures averaging out with three or more goals. The race for the Golden boot is well and truly on and although Neymar remains the favourite to win at 4/1.
Messi is the now second favourite at 9/2 from 7/1, after he scored his first World Cup goal for Argentina in eight years, when they played Bosnia on Sunday. French striker Benzema has been slashed in from 25/1 to 11/2 after netting two for Les Bleus against Honduras.
Benzema is not alone scoring two goals for his country as Robben and RVP both saw the back of the net twice for The Netherlands. Robben has since been cut in from 66/1 to 14/1 and RVP can now be backed at 7/1 having been installed at 28/1 ahead of their clash with Spain.
Despite high scoring wins for some of the countries, hosts Brazil remain the ones to beat at 11/4, Argentina are next in the betting at 7/2. However it is Italy and France who have seen some movement in the Outright betting as Italy are now 18/1 from 25/1 and France have shortened into 16/1 from 25/1 following respective wins.
Aoife Heffron, PR Executive at Boylesports, commented “Benzema is now 11/2 from 25/1 following his two goals against Bosnia on Sunday but punters continue to have faith in Messi as support continues for the Argentinian to claim the Golden Boot and traders want to keep him on their side as he has been cut into 9/2 from 7/1.”
She added “Argentina’s remaining group games against Iran and Nigeria shouldn’t spring any surprises and they are currently our second biggest liability in the outright market.”