One of the most interesting side bets to make on the World Cup betting action is trying to pick which player will be the leading scorer for the tournament. There are of course various things you can bet on in the World Cup odds aside from the games themselves including who will win the award for the top player of the tournament, which player will score first in the World Cup action, which team will score the most goals, etc.
But the Golden Spikes Award, given to the top scorer for the World Cup betting action in any given year is one of the most interesting contests in the World Cup odds competition. This year the battle for that award has been somewhat anti-climactic as there hasn’t really been any player that can separate himself from the field, but the 2010 World Cup betting action is still young and there’s plenty of opportunities that lie ahead.
Entering the World Cup betting competition, the soccer betting odds, all favored big names like superstars like Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo, as the players most likely to score the most goals in this year’s World Cup odds action.
But through two games, of that illustrious list above, only Ronaldo has found the net. Messi has played a brilliant tournament so far and been a bit unlikely as he’s had some spectacular shots just miss but he hasn’t scored once. Rooney has been a non-factor and if his team doesn’t score a win against Slovenia his World Cup betting adventure will be over.
The scoring leader right now is Messi’s Argentine teammate Gonzalo Higuain. Higain netted a hat-trick against South Korea and leads all scorers in the World Cup odds right now. Portugal’s Tiago had two goals in the team’s 7-0 rout of North Korea and is tied with Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan and Brazilian teammates Elano and Luis Fabiano with 2 goals apiece for second most in the tournament.
It’s hard to say who will win the Golden Spikes Award when the dust finally settles and the World Cup betting ends. But more than likely it will be from a team that goes deep into the competition (like Argentina or Brazil) and that plays on an attacking side (like Argentina or Holland).