World Cup 2022 Golden Glove Odds: Analysis & Prediction On The Goalie Gong
World Cup Golden Glove Prediction:
Every team has now played once at the 2022 World Cup, and betting sites have tweaked their outright odds since the tournament began on Sunday.
That is true of team markets such as eventual winner and individual ones such as the Golden Glove.
It is worth noting that the World Cup version differs from the Premier League’s. Whereas the latter is simply awarded to the goalkeeper that keeps the most clean sheets, a FIFA Technical Study Group will decide the recipient of the World Cup prize.
It is not entirely subjective, though. If the votes within the Study Group are tied, the award goes to the goalkeeper whose team has progressed the furthest in the tournament. The next tiebreakers are saves made and minutes played.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the contenders.
World Cup Golden Gloves Odds
Alisson The Favourite As Brazil Target Sixth Star
Alisson Becker kept a clean sheet as Brazil began their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Serbia on Thursday. With the Selecao the favourites to lift the trophy and Alisson already established as the best goalkeeper in the world, it is no surprise that he is the 3/1 favourite for the award.
The Liverpool goalkeeper did not have much to do on matchday one. Brazil were not at their fluent best in the first half against Serbia, but even then they managed to restrict their opponents to very few chances.
Bigger tests no doubt lie ahead, but Alisson’s world-class shot-stopping and ability with his feet make him a strong contender.
Courtois Might Be World’s Best Shot-Stopper
Belgium were fortunate to beat Canada 1-0 in the late game on Wednesday. The Red Devils were poor for most of the encounter and the CONCACAF representatives, making their first World Cup appearance since 1986, were the better team in virtually every area.
Thibaut Courtois was integral to his side’s victory. Not only did he keep out an Alphonso Davies penalty early on but the Real Madrid shot-stopper also made some excellent saves from open play.
Belgium were not convincing in the slightest on matchday one, but that might actually aid Courtois’ cause, especially if he drags his country to the latter stages of the competition.
The worry, though, is that Belgium will be knocked out long before then. Football betting sites price him at 5/1.
Simon, Lloris and Martinez in Contention
Unai Simon could have collapsed into a deckchair and Spain would probably still have beaten Costa Rica on Wednesday. The Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper is not the most high-profile name on this list, but he could prove to be good value at 10/1 with Spain looking strong.
Ten years older than the Spaniard is Hugo Lloris, who lifted the World Cup trophy four years ago. He is past his best these days, though, and it might only take one important mistake from the France goalkeeper to rule him out of the Golden Glove fight.
Like Lloris and Simon, Emiliano Martinez can be backed at 10/1 to scoop the prize. His chances have taken a hit after Argentina’s shock 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia, which has put them within one defeat of a premature exit. As a result, this suddenly represents a risky bet.
Costa and Pickford Among The Outsiders
Diogo Costa did not cover himself in glory in Portugal’s first game of the tournament on Thursday. As well as conceding two goals as his side squeezed past Ghana in a 3-2 win, Costa almost gifted Inaki Williams an equaliser deep into second-half stoppage time.
Completely unaware that Williams was behind him, he rolled the ball out in front of him and was saved only because the Ghana forward slipped. Cristiano Ronaldo, watching on from the dugout, was not impressed. Despite a shaky start, World Cup betting sites make Costa 12/1 to win this award.
Jordan Pickford, available at 12/1 ahead of England’s meeting with the USA on Friday, also conceded twice on matchday one. His place between the posts for the Three Lions is assured, but the Everton man would do well to beat the other names on this list to the Golden Glove.
Golden Glove Prediction
Unai Simon has emerged as an attractive pick to win the Golden Glove at 10/1 with BetVictor.
The Spain goalkeeper did not have a shot to save against Costa Rica, but he will be busier as the tournament goes on.
La Roja do not concede many goals so he should keep plenty of clean sheets, while his work with his feet will continue to be essential for a team that tends to dominate possession in every match it plays.
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