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Can Kane beat Mbappe in Golden Ball Race?

Mbappe still the market leader although Harry Kane is a likely Golden Boot winner and seeking out more goals...

UPDATE 09.07.18
Harry Kane captained England to a straightforward 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday and the Three Lions skipper is 7/2 with bet365 to win the Golden Ball.

While Kane looked nailed on to win the Golden Boot, the Golden Ball is awarded to the player of the tournament and Kylian Mbappe is the bookmaker favourite for that particular honour.

Eden Hazard has shortened to 9/2 after a star performance over Brazil, while Kevin de Bruyne is an 8/1 poke after also helping the Red Devils reach the World Cup semi-finals.


The quarter final stage of the 2018 World Cup looms large, with Kylian Mbappe trading at 100/30 to land the prestigious Golden Ball award which is presented to the best player of the tournament.

Mbappe was as big as 33/1 before the World Cup began, although the French teenager’s virtuoso performance against Argentina means that his odds have been slashed and he might make the difference against Uruguay on Friday.

Harry Kane is now trading at second favourite and the England captain has scored six goals in the World Cup to date, even if they have been a combination of penalties and close-range headers.

Kane is a 4/1 chance and a winning performance against Sweden could see him kick further clear, although his displays haven’t exactly been outstanding to date.

Neymar is trading at 11/2 and is having a notable tournament, although his histrionics are probably taking centre stage, even if he scored the opening goal against Mexico during the last sixteen stage.

If Brazil continue to go well, then Neymar could end up winning the Golden Ball award although much depends on whether the South American side can overcome Belgium.

Philippe Coutinho is an 8/1 poke and has probably been the best Brazil player thus far, although doesn’t have the same star quality as Neymar which might be to his detriment.

Luka Modric is trading at 12/1 and will be confident of making the semi-finals with Croatia, while Eden Hazard is a 14/1 chance.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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