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The Geek’s World Cup Picks

The 2018 World Cup is less than a week away and, if you’ve not already picked your World Cup punts, The Geek has four World Cup bets for you.

World Cup Winner

I’ll be surprised if the winner of the 2018 World Cup comes from outside the first five teams in the market, with Brazil, Germany, Spain, France, and Argentina all past winners who possess more class and experience than the other 27 remaining teams in the competition put together. I want to be against Spain, as their draw against Switzerland again suggested they lack the attacking options capable of putting away the plethora of chances their brilliant midfield creates. I also want to be against Argentina as, though they definitely have the class to win, a disharmonious camp must be a negative for their chances. I also can’t have Germany who arrive at the World Cup on the back of a defeat against Austria in a game where they dominated the possession. Therefore, it’s boils down to a choice of Brazil and France and, with France available at a bigger price, they look the value-bet to win the World Cup.
France @ 7.50 Unibet (BET HERE)

World Cup Top Goalscorer

There’s always at least one player who has a great tournament at the World Cup, though it’s not always who you think it will be. For instance, neither Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo have won the World Cup’s Golden Boot Award. In fact, they both have quite poor records in comparison to their domestic goal-scoring records. Three of the last four Golden Boot winners haven’t been that hard to pick though, with Ronaldo (Brazil) winning it in 2002, and the German pair of Miroslav Klose and Thomas Muller winning it in 2006 and 2010. However, the 2014 winner James Rodriguez was a bit of a shock with Colombia only reaching the quarter-finals. It’s likely that the winner will have to score a few against some of the weaker rivals in the group stages, so it won’t come as a big surprise if the winner mirrors Rodriguez this year. Therefore, with Uruguay, looking the likely winners of a Group A, it could be worth having each-way bets on both Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, with one of them likely to be amongst the goals if Uruguay perform as expected.
Edinson Cavani (each-way) @ 31.00 Unibet (BET HERE)
Luis Suarez (each-way) @ 31.00 Unibet (BET HERE)

World Cup Highest Scorers

If you don’t fancy picking an individual to win the Golden Boot, how about a bet on which team scores the most goals at the World Cup Finals. The betting is quite similar to that of the outright winner market, with Brazil and Germany heading the market. However, it’s France and Belgium who make the most appeal. France could easily rack up big score against the likes of Australia and Panama whilst, as their match against Denmark is their third group game, it may be less cagy than if it was one of the earlier games. The alternative is Belgium, who are capable of steamrollering sides at their best, and Panama and Tunisia both look the type of teams that could be prone to a good steamrollering. Therefore, as I’m backing France in the outright market, Belgium look worth risking.
Belgium to be the World Cup’s highest scorers @ 9.00 Bet365 (BET HERE)