World Cup Russia betting markets changes
SO JUST a week into the action in Russia and many of the betting markets have been turned on their head.
The cream has risen to the top. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scored almost at will, Spain’s Diego Costa has been almost as prolific and Harry Kane chimed in with a double to give England an opening victory.
At the other end of the scale, some of the once mighty are in jeopardy of falling at the first hurdle. We are looking at you, Argentina and Germany!
With a week of frenetic action behind us, we will cast a quick eye over the big movers in the markets we covered in the lead-up to the World Cup finals.
We will also see if we can spot some value in the futures World Cup markets heading into another weekend of top-class action.
Betting on top goal-scorer in Russia 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo turned the betting for top goal-scorer on its heads with his opening hat-trick heroics against great rivals Spain.
The Portuguese superstar followed up with another goal in the hard-fought 1-0 win against Morocco.
Ronaldo has rocketed up the betting to as short as $2.75 with Bet365 after $15 was widely available before the tournament began. With Portugal already assured of reaching the second round, he is in great shape to top the charts.
But he won’t have it all his own way.
Costa ($6 with Bet365) scored a double for Spain in that memorable 3-3 draw against Portugal and is in great touch, while Kane ($17 into $7.50) has a great chance to add to his tally in England’s two remaining group matches and they are in great shape to advance out of their group.
The same applies to Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku ($19 into $10), who grabbed a double in his team’s opening victory.
Denis Cheryshev ($21) has scored three goals already in the host nation’s two lopsided opening wins but it will get much harder from here on in for the Russians.
If we are looking wider for value, Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho ($34) could be worth considering. He scored a cracker in the title favourites’ opening match and, with an injury cloud over main goal-scorer Junior Neymar ($21), could be the main to step up.
Players to have scored more than once so far
4 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
3 Denis Cheryshev (Russia), Diego Costa (Spain)
2 Harry Kane (England), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
Betting on Golden Ball winner in Russia 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo’s performances have also no doubt caught the eye of judges for the Golden Ball award, which goes to the player judged the best of the tournament.
Ronaldo was around the $21 mark before the tournament but is now into $4.50 with Bet365.
Again Philippe Coutinho ($13) could be worth considering given he could become Brazil’s go-to man.
It’s not looking good for pre-tournament favourites Neymar and Lionel Messi.
Neymar is out to $11 but missed training with some sort of injury, while Messi’s Argentina has had a disastrous start to the tournament and are struggling to make it out of their group. Messi is out to $23 after being as short as $8 to repeat his 2014 Golden Ball heroics.
Betting on outright winner in Russia 2018
With so many group games still to game it would be foolish to get too far head of ourselves in looking at the overall winner.
But we will list a couple of the big movers of the opening week as far as the changes in the bet365 market are concerned.
Belgium $12 into $9
Croatia $34 into $15
England $19 into $13
Mexico $101 into $41
Portugal $26 into $17
Argentina $11 out to $34
Germany $5.50 out to $9
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