Harry Kane Is 8/1 to Win World Cup Golden Boot

Updated Thursday 21st February 2019, 11:41 AM

It has been a case of expect the unexpected for some of the favourites of the World Cup so far, with heavyweights Brazil, Spain and Germany all failing to get off to a winning start in Russia.

Followers of the Three Lions will have breathed a sigh of relief, however, as captain and star striker Harry Kane headed England to three points against Tunisia. The Mexicans shook the footballing world with a historic victory over World Cup holders Germany, whilst a limited but effective Icelandic outfit held a star-studded Argentinian side in Moscow.

We’ve picked some of the hottest World Cup betting tips to take you into the second week of the group stage matches.

Nigeria v Iceland

  • Friday 22nd June, 16:00 GMT

Nigeria may have finished top of their qualifying group, but The Super Eagles began their World Cup campaign in disappointing fashion with a 2-0 loss to Croatia. Their clash with Iceland in Volgograd has now reached the realms of must-win, or Gernot Rohr’s side face a probable early exit from the tournament.

The Nigerians have an inexperienced squad, with 18 World Cup debutants in their ranks, so they’ll need to get off to a positive, offensive start at the Volgograd Arena. You can get 9/1 odds for the men in green to score their first goal between 11 and 20 minutes. The likes of Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo must offer more of an attacking threat in front of goal if Nigeria are to get their World Cup back on track, so 15/2 odds for them to score three or more goals could be a tempting bet.

Iceland have become one of the most universally popular teams in world football following their exploits at Euro 2016, where they reached the dizzy heights of the knockout stages. The Scandinavian nation have the smallest population of all the countries in Russia, but their mix of professional and amateur players more than held their own in Matchday 1 against Argentina.

Heimir Hallgrímsson’s team will be looking to get something out of this game in a bid to reach the latter stages once again. With a final group game against Croatia to come, you can find odds of 9/1 for Bjorn Sigurdarson and Gylfi Sigurdsson to both hit the back of the net for Iceland on Friday. Elsewhere, Iceland are 19/10 in the Second-Half Result betting stakes, but this is a difficult game to call between two relatively evenly-matched teams.

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South Korea v Mexico

  • Saturday 23rd June, 16:00 GMT

Before a ball had even been kicked, South Korea knew their World Cup match schedule was a tall order. The 2002 World Cup semi-finalists were on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline against Sweden in the opening game of their ninth successive World Cup, and a match against the marvellous Mexicans awaits at the Rostov Arena.

South Korea were winless four years ago in Brazil, and talisman Son Heung-min will need to raise his game considerably if Shin Tae-yong’s men are going to be in with a chance of victory. Son is 9/1 to be first goalscorer on Saturday, which looks good if he is on form. Goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo was deservedly man of the match against Sweden and, in the face of what could be an unrelenting Mexican onslaught early on, the first half is 5/2 with Ladbrokes to be the highest scoring half.

Hirving Lozano was the hero for Mexico in their opening game with Germany, as the PSV forward scored the only goal of the game to secure El Tricolor’s fifth opening win in their last six World Cups. They impressed with their high-tempo, high-pressure attacking style, although they remain a distant 40/1 to win the tournament.

The South Americans are a short 3/1 to win either half against South Korea, score over 1.5 goals in the match and keep a clean sheet. For those wanting more challenging odds, pacy forward Javier Hernandez is 10/3 to outscore the opposition, whilst Mexico are 29/10 to score three or more goals in Rostov. They should have too much quality for a struggling South Korea, and will likely make it two consecutive victories, bringing the knockout stages in sight.

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England v Panama

  • Sunday 24th June, 13:00 GMT

Gareth Southgate’s England stumbled over the line against Tunisia, although given that many of the favourite teams failed to register a victory at the first time of asking, the Three Lions will be delighted to get off the mark with three points. After bagging a brace against the North Africans, Kane is 15/2 to score a hat-trick on Sunday, and the youngest World Cup captain in England’s history is at 8/1 to win the Golden Boot.

Despite the win, England struggled at times, and are currently second favourite to top Group G, behind Belgium. They should enjoy plenty of possession against Panama, but after failing to convert several chances against Tunisia, they’ll be looking for sharper accuracy in front of goal.

Panama, ranked 55th in the world, are unlikely to feature in a discussion about who is going to win the World Cup following a damaging 3-0 loss to a classy Belgium outfit in Sochi. It really is a case of win-or-bust for Hernán Darío Gómez’s side against England, who received five yellow cards in their first World Cup outing. The World Cup yellow card rules state two yellow cards will result in a one-match suspension, so some of Panama’s team could miss their third game against Tunisia if they’re booked again on Sunday.

They only had two shots on target against Belgium, and 37% possession, so it’s no surprise to see their long odds of 28/1 to win and keep a clean sheet. However, there’s odds of 15/8 for both teams to score, encouraging signs for Panama to potentially score their first ever goal in World Cup history. England should have far too much technical nous and footballing ability though, and the floodgates could open if the pre-match favourites are on-song.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2019 11:41:50+00:00
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