As the World Cup betting semifinals approach it’s a good time to sit back and reflect a bit on how the world’s biggest sports betting event has progressed so far. With a handful of the top teams bombing out of the World Cup odds competition early and many of the favorites predictably still in the mix to win the World Cup Final betting action this World Cup isn’t progressing all that different from most.
But in terms of individual scoring and the quest for the Golden Spikes Award (the World Cup betting prize awarded to the top scorer of the tournament) things couldn’t be more unpredictable so far in this year’s soccer betting competition.
Entering the 2010 World Cup odds competition the top favorites to score the most goals were Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Christiano Ronaldo, according to the soccer odds makers. Even Brazilian superstar midfielder Kaka was expected to challenge for the top scoring honors in this year’s World Cup betting. But none of these have been a serious threat, or even scored for that matter (aside from a sickly goal by Ronaldo) and some of these players have already been eliminated from the soccer betting competition.
Instead it’s been the long shot players in the soccer odds that have jumped to the top of the scoring charts. Through the Group stage of play and the Round of 16 the leading World Cup scorers are: David Villa (4 goals), Gonzalo Higuain (4 goals), Robert Vittick (4 goals) and Landon Donovan (3 goals).
Obviously Vittick and Donovan have now been eliminated from the World Cup betting competition and have no chance of winning the Golden Spikes trophy.
Of the remaining players still in the hung David Villa is the soccer betting favorite by a long shot. Villa comes in at 15/8 on most online betting sites. Higuain is next on the list with 13/4 odds on most betting sites.
Other players with a chance include Luis Fabiano (4/1), Luis Suarez (14/1), Tomas Muller (20/1) and Carlos Tevez (20/1).
But with Spain playing well and Villa seemingly scoring in every game this award looks like it’s his to lose.