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There’s Still Plenty of Value on The Golden Ball Board

There’s Still Plenty of Value on The Golden Ball Board

Despite Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane and Eden Hazard leading the odds to win the World Cup Golden Ball award, there’s still plenty of value on the board with every team possessing multiple players who could justifiably take home the hardware.

My favorite of which has to be Luka Modric who’s being offered at +800 at Bovada. Those are the shortest odds for any Croatian player and while the Blazers have the longest odds to win the whole thing, they definitely could.

If Croatia did manage to win their next two games, It would be difficult to see FIFA giving the Golden Ball to any other player. Modric has been Croatia’s most important piece by a long shot and he’s already won three Man of the Match awards. He and Harry Kane are the only players in the tournament who have been honored as MOTM three times each.

Antoine Griezmann has a case as well at +1200 and if it were up to me, I would choose him over Mbappe. The Atletico man has been the driver of France’s counter-attack and he’s helped to facilitate Mbappe’s World Cup breakout. He also assisted his team’s first goal against Uruguay in the quarterfinals and he added his third goal of the tournament to lock up the 2-0 win for Les Bleus.

With two games left, though, a hero could still step up from out of the shadows and there are very few players who I would count out of the competition.

Complete odds to win the World Cup Golden Ball from Bovada

Odds to win Golden Ball
Player Country Odds
Kylian Mbappe France +350
Harry Kane England +350
Eden Hazard Belgium +450
Kevin De Bruyne Belgium +800
Luka Modric Croatia +800
Antoine Griezmann France +1200
Romelu Lukaku Belgium +1200
Paul Pogba France +3300
N’golo Kante France +4000
Ivan Rakitic Croatia +3300
Raheem Sterling England +20000
Dele Alli England +10000
Dries Mertens Belgium +25000
Olivier Giroud France +25000
Ousmane Dembele France +50000

Odds as of July 5 at Bovada

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Just eight games remain on the World Cup schedule but there’s still plenty of important football to be played and while Kylian Mbappe leads the odds to win the Golden Ball as the tournament’s most outstanding player at +350, a lot can still change.

Of any of the World Cup props still available to bet at Bovada, this one might have the most value. Guys like Luka Modric, Kevin De Bruyne, Luis Suarez and many more could all still justifiably win the trophy and beyond the top four of Mbappe, Harry Kane, Neymar and Philippe Coutinho, every player is at least +1200 in the odds.

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Despite what the odds say, Harry Kane is probably the man best positioned to be named most outstanding player at +400. Scoring six of the Three Lions’ nine goals so far, Harry has almost single-handedly shaken the World Cup monkey off England’s back.

The Tottenham man has been under an immense amount of pressure at this competition as his country’s captain and he’s done nothing but answer the bell every time he’s been called upon, slotting him three penalties, not including his successful conversion in England’s shootout victory over Colombia.

If the tournament were to end today, Kane would have to feel robbed if the Golden Ball went to any other player.

Where’s the Golden Ball Value?

While there’s still value all over the place, my favorite shout in the middle tier has to be Luka Modric at +1200. The Croatian midfielder and team captain has been by far his team’s most important player, pacing the Blazers in goals and setting up most of their dangerous attacks.

He did have a penalty saved in the dying breath of extra time in Croatia’s Round of 16 fixture against Denmark but it was his pass that forced the Danes to commit the foul in the first place and he more than made up for it when he converted his opportunity in the subsequent shootout.

Croatia has what looks like the easiest quarterfinal match and I rate them higher than both of their potential semifinal opponents. Luka and company could definitely make the final of this tournament and if they win the whole thing, Modric would more than likely be awarded the Golden Ball.

Godin Worth a Gamble

Uruguay has quietly been one of the best teams at the 2018 World Cup and that has a lot to do with how solid their backline has been. Conceding just one goal so far, the Sky Blues have relied heavily on the services of Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez, their star Atletico centerbacks.

Two of the highest-rated players at the entire tournament, Godin and Gimenez will be vital in Uruguay’s quarterfinal matchup with France and if they win they’ll be called upon again almost immediately to stop one of Brazil or Belgium – not an easy ask.

If the Sky Blues are going to make it to the World Cup final, it will be directly because of these two men and, in my opinion, they should both be considered for the Golden Ball award.

Right now, though, Godin is the only one available to bet and he is being offered at an insane price of +50000. You’d be nuts not to throw a couple bucks on him at that price.

Complete odds to win the World Cup Golden Ball from Bovada

Odds to win Golden Ball
Player Country Odds
Kylian Mbappe France +350
Harry Kane England +400
Neymar Brazil +500
Philippe Coutinho Brazil +800
Luka Modric Croatia +1200
Eden Hazard Belgium +1400
Antoine Griezmann France +2000
Romelu Lukaku Belgium +2500
Kevin De Bruyne Belgium +3300
Luis Suarez Uruguay +3300
Edinson Cavani Uruguay +3300
N’golo Kante France +4000
Ivan Rakitic Croatia +4000
Paul Pogba France +5000
Thiago Silva Brazil +6600
Gabriel Jesus Brazil +10000
Raheem Sterling England +20000
Roberto Firmino Brazil +20000
Dele Alli England +20000
Dries Mertens Belgium +20000
Olivier Giroud France +25000
Paulinho Brazil +25000
Willian Brazil +25000
Ousmane Dembele France +50000
Diego Godin Uruguay +50000

Odds as of July 5 at Bovada

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