Kane Able to Win Golden Ball ... and Other World Cup Props

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 3:38 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 4, 2018 3:38 PM UTC

Just eight elite teams are left standing in the 2018 World Cup, and the futures betting lines have shifted dramatically after several high-profile exits. Here's a futures and prop betting update.

<p>The likes of Germany, Spain, Argentina and Portugal have fallen by the wayside in the World Cup, while new heroes have emerged and some big names have scraped through. Here’s an update on the key futures markets heading into the final seven games of a gripping tournament, with odds courtesy of <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4512&amp;book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a>.</p><p> </p><h2>Winner</h2><p>Brazil has always been the favorite to win the tournament, and Neymar and company retain that status after some solid performances. They have conceded only one goal all tournament and they earned a comfortable 2-0 win against Mexico in the last 16. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/soccer/?leagueId=world-cup" title="World Cup Odds">They are the +375 favorites to lift the trophy</a>, but they have to negotiate a fiendishly difficult quarterfinal tie against Belgium’s golden generation. Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard inspired a comeback win over Japan in the last round and they will be extremely dangerous. France is the +400 second favorites, but they too have a challenging quarterfinal ahead of them as they play Uruguay. Oscar Tabarez’s men have also conceded only once all tournament and they have Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in fine form up front. If Brazil and France both win, they will lock horns in an epic semifinal.</p><p>The other side of the draw looks lightweight by comparison. Host Russia has defied the odds to make it this far and they face Croatia in the quarters. Both sides relied on penalties to reach this stage, and their meeting should prove to be extremely tense. The final quarterfinal sees England taking on Sweden, and the Three Lions are favorites to win that one. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">They overcame a battling Colombia side in the last 16 and they should not fear Sweden</a>. They would be favorites in a semifinal against either Croatia or Russia, and as such England has been installed as +400 joint second favorites to win the tournament. Belgium is next at +600, and those odds would drop dramatically if they were to beat Brazil. Croatia is also +600 and has a great chance of getting to the final. Uruguay is +1600, Russia is priced at +2000 and Sweden is the +2500 outsider.</p><p> </p><h2>Name the Finalists</h2><p>Brazil v England is the +500 favorite in this market, as Brazil is deemed to be the best team in their side of the draw, while England rules the roost in theirs. Brazil v Croatia and France v England are both +650, while Croatia v France is +750 and Belgium v England is +1000. The rank outsider is Uruguay v Sweden at +5000, and there are all manner of interesting options down the list.</p><p> </p><h2>Top Goalscorer</h2><p>England captain Harry Kane fired in his sixth goal of the tournament from the penalty spot in their game against Colombia on Tuesday. He is now two ahead of Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku, and Kane is the -350 favorite to win the Golden Boot. England is expected to beat Sweden, whereas Belgium is the underdog against Brazil, so Kane could go deeper into the tournament. Lukaku is +1200. Longshots include Kylian Mbappe, who scored twice for France against Argentina to take his tally to three. He is priced at +1600. Cavani, who has three, and Neymar, who is on two, are priced at +2500. Artem Dzyuba of Russia, who is on three goals so far, is a +10000 outsider.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/FRAARG?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#FRAARG&lt;/a&gt;🇫🇷🇦🇷 &lt;br /&gt;At the age of 19, France's Kylian Mbappé is now the first teenager to score at least twice in a World Cup match since Brazil legend Pelé in 1958. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/h5SkmUwgri\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/h5SkmUwgri&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Vatsal Tripathi (@Psit_vatsal) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Psit_vatsal/status/1013089171483660293?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;June 30, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Golden Ball</h2><p>Mbappe has become the +400 joint favorite along with Kane to win the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. He has produced some terrifying displays, blending pace with strength and flair, and he will be a real weapon for France in the latter stages of the tournament. Neymar has started to influence proceedings more and he has gone in to +550, while teammate Philippe Coutinho has drifted out to +800. That looks like an interesting option, particularly if you think Brazil can get the better of Belgium, as Coutinho has been majestic so far. Luka Modric has also been brilliant for Croatia and he is priced at +1200.</p><p> </p><h2>Winning Continent</h2><p>There are six European teams and two South American nations left at the World Cup. That leaves Europe as the -275 favorite to be the winning continent, which looks interesting as it gives you France, Belgium, England, Croatia, Russia and Sweden to cheer on. But others may be tempted by the +200 on South America, as Uruguay is looking strong and provides a solid backup option on Brazil.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=5754&amp;book=worldcup-picks">Check Out SBR's World Cup Page</a></h2>
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