World Cup Betting Special: Can anyone topple King James?

With six goals, James Rodriguez seems destined for Golden Boot glory and our tipster does not believe that any of the stars left in the tournament can beat the 22-year-old's tally
Colombia may have crashed out of World Cup 2014 after suffering a 2-1 reverse at the hands of tournament hosts Brazil on Friday night, but James Rodriguez is still on course to claim the Golden Boot.

The 22-year-old Monaco man has arguably been the star of the World Cup, notching an impressive six goals in five appearances for Colombia and, with a two-goal advantage at the top of the scoring charts entering the semi-final stage, it is unsurprising to see Rodriguez available at just 8/11 (1.73) with bet365 to end the tournament as the top scorer.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi is seen as the main rival to Rodriguez, with the Barcelona star having notched four goals in the tournament thus far. But, with Messi having failed to hit the net in each of his last two appearances for Alejandro Sabella’s men, the 100/30 (4.33) quote from bet365 for Messi to stake a claim for the top scorer crown looks to be somewhat skinny.

Thomas Muller of Germany was the top scorer at World Cup 2010 and his bid to make history by becoming the first double winner of the World Cup Golden Boot got off to a phenomenal start when the 24-year-old notched a hat-trick in his opening appearance against Portugal.

Muller, though, has since added just one goal in four appearances for Die Mannschaft and, despite having another two games to come in the tournament, the 9/2 (4.50) quote from bet365 for the German to pip Rodriguez to the top spot offers little appeal.

Netherlands pair Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben may be left to rue failing to find the net against Costa Rica in the quarter-final stages.

Both players have scored three times during World Cup 2014 thus far but are unlikely to challenge Rodriguez at the top of the scoring charts, with Van Persie and Robben chalked up at 16/1 (17.0) and 20/1 (21.0) respectively with bet365.

James lit up World Cup 2014 with some fine individual performances and glorious goals and, owing to the continued presence of big names such as Messi and Muller, there is still value in backing the 22-year-old to win the Golden Boot this weekend.

Therefore, punters are advised to snap up the generous 8/11 (1.73) quote from bet365 for Colombia’s James Rodriguez to end World Cup 2014 as the tournament’s top scorer.

James Rodriquez to be the World Cup 2014 top scorer at 8/11 (1.73) 3pts stake with bet365

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