Five Stars to Back for World Cup Profit
The domestic season can be long and arduous, which often leads many top players struggling to be at 100% once the World Cup comes around. The England squad as an entire unit has looked tired down the years, with fingers often pointed at the lack of a winter break for Premier League.
Of course, some players can turn it on when on the grand stage of a World Cup. Below are some predictions of those that will do well. To make it interesting, the latest betting odds are provided for their achievements.
Kylian Mbappé to be World Cup top scorer at 40/1 Coral
A lot of punters will be plumping for Mbappé’s illustrious team-mate Antoine Griezmann at 14/1, but those odds for the 19-year-old PSG man shouldn’t be ignored. He has two goals in two games for France this year and has been used sparingly by PSG and should be fresh for the Finals. Mbappé looks the type of player to relish the pressure of Russia and that big €180 million price tag.
Ivan Perisic to star as Croatia reach quarter-finals 9/4 Bet365
here is a very good chance this underrated Croatia side goes ahead of Argentina and tops Group D. Odds of 9/4 are given for that. However, the smarter bet might be that Croatia reach the quarters at least. Most point to the strong midfield axis of Modric and Rakitic as the reason for their success, but Perisic can be electric for club and country when in the mood. He could be the star of the show. Bet365 have one of the biggest ranges of markets for every team at the Finals, so check out this latest Bet365 welcome bonus.
Jesse Lingard to be England’s top scorer in Russia at 25/1 Betfred
Before screaming out “what about Harry Kane?!”, readers should remember that getting just two goals in any of the last five World Cups would have secured at least the joint top scorer for the England team. The odds for Kane are just a paltry 11/10 to be top marksman for England. Lingard, meanwhile, has proved his doubters wrong and absolutely loves to shine when the spotlight is on him. It may just take a couple of goals to secure that 25/1 payout.
Sadio Mané to lead Senegal through Group H at 11/8 Bet365
Group H is by far the most open group at the World Cup. Joining Senegal are Japan, Colombia and Poland. It looks like Mané and this very talented Senegal side have been underestimated by bookmakers. They are given odds of 5/1 to win the group, but a safer bet might be for them to secure passage to the knockouts at 11/8. Mané, as you might expect, is crucial to Senegal’s hopes. He is also one of those players who tends to score vital goals for his country, rather than tacking one on at the end of a routine victory. Expect Mané to star as the Lions of Teranga roar.
Manuel Neuer to captain Germany to the World Cup at 5/1 various
Most football fans will know that Neuer has missed most of the season through injury. But the German captain is back in training and ready to lead his side to glory in Russia. If anything, Germany have improved on the squad that won the World Cup in 2014, adding exciting young talent to complement the experienced players. Neuer will be the calming figure at the back, ready to prove it his he, and not David De Gea, that is the best keeper in the world.