Your surprise Golden Boot winner?
We continue our World Cup Fantasy vs Reality series to uncover hidden gems for your fantasy footie lineups by looking at the bookmaker odds, as well as offering our top tips on these odds as we prepare for kick-off in South Africa.
Let’s take a look at one of the most sacred awards in international football: The Golden Boot. Miroslav Klose won it in 2006 with 5 goals for Germany while (the fat) Ronaldo took the title back in 2002 – scoring a whopping 8 goals. Klose scored 5 goals in 2002 as well, picking up the Silver Shoe.
So, can Klose score 5 goals again this World Cup – providing fantasy rewards for managers who select him? Is he worth a punt at 33-to-1: a major dark-horse in Golden Boot betting at online sportsbooks?
I don’t think so. Klose has a great international scoring record but has not been a regular starter with German champions Bayern Munich this season and should not be considering a fantasy World Cup selection despite his big name. Managers should avoid Klose and look elsewhere…
The top three Golden Boot contenders are David Villa, Lionel Messi, and Wayne Rooney – who all come in with odds about 9-to-1. All three are superb fantasy football selections, but if you are looking for a darkhorse who may win the Golden Boot and win you some cash in the process – look down the list a bit further at Brazil’s Luis Fabiano.
Fabiano comes in at 12-to-1 and could be a superb fantasy footie selection and Golden Boot punt in South Africa.
The Brazilian’s international scoring record is amazing – 25 goals in 36 matches – and while Villa, Messi, and Rooney (and even Fernando Torres) may be the more popular selections – Fabiano could surprise them all.
There you have it. Luis Fabiano. My outside bet for the Golden Boot and a productive fantasy footie World Cup.
There is plenty of World Cup wagering at establishments like the Europa Casino and in Las Vegas casinos around the world’s biggest sporting event- and Fabiano at 12-to-1 looks like a superb option to me.