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Women's World Cup Betting Special: Morgan, Rapinoe and White battle it out for Golden Boot

3:16 PM WAT 02/07/2019
Alex Morgan France vs USWNT Women's World Cup 2019
The trio are all involved in Tuesday's semi-final clash and despite not scoring since matchday one, bet365 believe Morgan remains in pole position

The Women's World Cup Golden Boot looks to be a three-runner race as the semi-final stage approaches.

Alex Morgan made a blistering start to the campaign, plundering five goals against Thailand in USA's 13-0 win. The 29-year-old has an exceptional record for the national team, racking up 106 goals in just 167 appearances.

Morgan hasn't been on the scoresheet since matchday one but remains 5/4 (2.25) favourite to be the tournament’s leading scorer according to bet365.

Winger Megan Rapinoe has leading from the front for the defending champions in recent games, netting twice against both Spain and France to propel Jill Ellis' side into the final four. The 33-year-old also sits on five goals overall.

As the designated penalty taker, Rapinoe makes a more appealing betting proposition at 7/4 (2.75). The addition of VAR has seen the number of spot-kicks spike in France this summer.

The tournament has already seen 24 penalties awarded with FIFA's new definition of the handball rule proving a tough adjustment for defending teams.

Ellen White is another player with five goals to her name so far. England's leading attacking threat, White has justified Phil Neville's decision to opt for her over Euro 2017 Golden Boot winner Jodie Taylor.

Having been an unused substitute against Argentina, the 30-year-old has found the net in every World Cup game she's played this summer. bet365 make White a 3/1 (4.0) chance for the top scorer prize.

With the USA firm favourites to beat England in Lyon on Tuesday, it's understandable to see their players available at shorter prices than White, despite not being as consistent on the scoresheet.

Another key factor for punters to consider is the third-place play-off, which could see leading players rotated. If the Golden Boot was still within reach though, it would be no surprise if players in contention were given a final chance to boost their tally.

Australia's Sam Kerr also has five goals for the 2019 edition but at 33/1 (34.0) punters backing Kerr would be looking at a dead heat at best given the Matildas have already been eliminated.

Carli Lloyd is 33/1 (34.0), sitting two goals behind the leading contenders. Vivianne Miedema has also struck thrice in France and the Dutch international sits at 50/1 (51.0).

Odds correct at the time of publish. Please gamble responsibly.

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