World Cup Golden boot odds look wide open on first inspection, but by looking at past World Cup Golden Boot odds and trends we can narrow down the field.
Below are all the world cup golden boot winners, along with their golden boot odds where we have been able to find them.
The world cup golden boot odds listed were those available at the start of the tournament.
|2010||South Africa||Spain||Muller/Villa/Forlan/Sneijder||8/1 - 150/1||Ger/Spa/Uru/Hol|
|2002||S Korea, Japan||Brazil||Ronaldo||16/1||Brazil|
|1994||USA||Brazil||Hristo Stoichkov/Oleg Salenko||33/1 / 100/1||Bulgaria/Russia|
|1990||Italy||West Germany||Salvatore Schillachi||-||Italy|
|1974||West Germany||West Germany||Gregorz Lato||-||Poland|
|1962||Chile||Brazil||Six Way Tie||-||Six Way Tie|
|1954||Switzerland||West Germany||Sandor Korcsis||-||Hungary|
|1938||France||Italy||Leonidas de Silva||-||Brazil|
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What to look out for when placing your golden boot bets.
The winner of the World Cup Golden Boot is likely to play more than just the group games. More games mean more opportunities to score so backing a player that plays for a side that should reach the semi finals at least is a good idea. So check out teams latest world cup odds before choosing your striker for the golden boot bet.
In seven of the sixteen World Cups where there has been a clear Golden Boot winner, the Golden Boot winners nation has played in the final.
The team tactics are also important to consider. A defensive side is not likely to score too many goals which is going to make it hard for that side to provide the Golden Boot, however good their main striker is.
Brazil are often the most attack minded team which is why they score plenty of goals and have provided the World Cup Golden Boot a record three times.
Always have a look at the group fixtures. There are often some very weak teams in the World Cup Group Stage and a game against the tournament whipping boys is an opportunity for a potential World Cup Golden Boot to grab two or three goals.
That could be half the goals they will need to become Golden Boot, from just one game. If you are after a really big payout, some bookies offer a double where you have to name the world cup winner and the top goalscorer. This maybe easier than it sounds as often the golden boot winner plays for the winning world cup team. Check out current world cup odds to help you pick your team and striker.
The following countries are most likely to score plenty of goals due to playing against the weaker World Cup teams in their group or by making it to the semi finals at least.
So let's examine the merits of each team and their most likely goalscorers:
Brazil have always been one of the most attacking teams at the World Cup and have produced the World Cup Golden Boot more than any other nation. They are likely to perform extremely well at the 2014 World Cup as they will be on home soil and since they are likely to play more games than most other teams, they should get more chances to score than most other teams.
Spain have arguably the best and most creative midfield on the planet and any striker for Spain is going to get a huge amount of chances. They won Euro 2008 and also provided the Golden Boot in that competition and then won the World Cup in 2010, providing the joint top scorer.
Spain's strikeforce features two of the best strikers in the world, Fernando Torres and David Villa. Choosing between the two for your World Cup Golden Boot looks tough but it isn't.
Fernando Torres is a top striker but he scores the majority of his goals on home soil. David Villa is more of a threat for Spain, especially away from home, as he proved at Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 when he was crowned top scorer.
You can usually rely on England to reach the quarter finals of a major tournament but they have always struggled to get much further. A poor performance in 2010 showed the flaws in the team and they can learn from that and that could see them reach the semi finals this year and that would give them a good chance of producing the World Cup Golden Boot.
Holland are always capable of scoring plenty of goals and a good group draw could see them notch up quite a few goals before going into the knockout rounds, where they should get at least two more games in which to score some more goals.
Holland have some top quality striking options but they seem to share the goals around between them and the best bet for Holland could be midfielder Wesley Sneider, who has a very healthy goalscoring record for his country. He looks a fair each way bet in the World Cup Golden Boot Odds.