Alex Morgan is once again the favorite to claim the World Cup Golden Boot but it is her teammate Sophia Smith who could be the best pick to shine this year.
Who do Bettors Favor?
Checking out the best-rated online sportsbooks we can see that bettors favor US star striker Alex Morgan to claim the Golden Boot at this year’s World Cup. Morgan is rated as a +500 chance with some bookmakers, a little way ahead of Sophia Smith on +650 and Sam Kerr, who is available at odds between +800 and +1200.
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|Eugenie le Sommer||+1200||+1400|
Women’s World Cup Golden Boot Betting Guide
Previous editions of a tournament are often a good place to start when trying to estimate likely contenders for the Golden Boot prize, but this year’s World Cup may prove harder to predict.
The first-ever Women’s World Cup, back in 1991, produced a ten-goal winner in the USA’s Michelle Akers, but since then, the highest tally has been seven, while the average since 1995 has been 6.3, and last time Megan Rapinoe claimed the prize with a smaller-than-average tally of six.
However, this year’s tournament staged in Australia and New Zealand is the first to involve 32 teams as the tournament has expanded since the last edition. That means we are breaking new ground with this World Cup and although the men’s 32-team event has averaged around 6.3 goals to win the Golden Boot, we can’t assume that this low level of goalscoring will translate to the women’s game.
Women’s World Cup Golden Boot Favorites
Alex Morgan has been one of the global stars of women’s soccer over the last few years and has been a pivotal part of the successful US teams of 2019 and 2015, scoring ten goals across those two tournaments, including six at the last World Cup. That wasn’t quite enough to win her the Golden Boot as she reached that tally having played more minutes than her teammate Megan Rapinoe, but with Rapinoe largely starting on the bench these days, Morgan should be able to win that race.
The problem for the veteran striker is that there are other, younger rivals, who could surpass her in this tournament, particularly teammate Sophia Smith. Six out of eight top scorer awards went to players from the trophy-winning squad, so US players will always be prominent in this market and Smith could be poised for a big tournament.
She is the leading scorer in the NWSL and is arguably the star of the team, thanks to her speed, skill and finishing ability. At her current odds, she looks like a much better pick than her teammate.
Women’s World Cup Golden Boot Contenders
Some of the other World Cup Golden Boot contenders are available at big prices and one of the most interesting is Australia’s Sam Kerr.
Kerr’s credentials are impeccable. She has been top scorer in the English Super League and is Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer. Her impressive speed and finishing ability from all ranges and angles are remarkable, and her technical ability enables her to get past most defenders. She was second at the last World Cup, with five goals, and she now has her home crowd behind her, so this likes an ideal opportunity for her to claim the Golden Boot.
England is expected to do well in this tournament and Rachel Daly may be the best English contender for the Golden Boot. She claimed the top scorer prize in the English Super League, scoring 22 times in all and nine times in her last five matches.
Daly is a versatile player who originally played at left-back for England but was moved into an attacking role last November, but the problem for Daly supporters is that there is stiff competition for the striking positions in the squad and that may slightly limit her ability to amass a large tally.
The other Golden Boot contender to keep on your side is Alexandra Popp, the captain of Germany. Popp is one of the most reliable and successful forwards of all time, and has the fourth-highest career goal tally for her country, six of which she scored at the European Championships last summer, when she finished as top scorer in the tournament.
Popp is one of the strongest forwards in the women’s game and one of the best headers, and those strengths make her a formidable opponent. Given that Germany has a midfield packed with creators, Popp has to rate as a serious contender for the Golden Boot this year.