2022 World Cup Top Goalscorer Odds: Kylian Mbappe to be France's main man in Qatar
With the World Cup rapidly approaching BettingOdds.com have taken another look at the top goalscorer market, this time focusing on PSG's Kylian Mbappe who will be looking to prove why he is one of the world's best in Qatar.
Kylian Mbappe has cemented himself as one of the best players in the world at the moment. His meteoric rise from promising youngster to superstar seems like it happened overnight but the 23-year-old has quickly racked up 300 club appearances scoring 220 times and assisting 110 times.
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The Frenchman has also collected 15 trophies in his short career and looks like he will most definitely be adding a few more to his tally in the near future. He’s already seen success on the international stage with France and lifted the World Cup, the very trophy that he will be competing for at the end of this month.
France have been full of goals the past few years thanks to some serious depth in the squad and having the type of squad where you wouldn’t be surprised to see any of them on the scoresheet. Mbappe has 28 goals and 21 assists for France in 59 games which has seen him lock in 10th place on the all-time top scorer list.
- Thierry Henry: 51 (0.41 goals per match)
- Olivier Giroud: 49 (0.43 goals per match)
- Antoine Girezmann: 42 (0.38 goals per match)
- Michel Platini: 42 (0.57 goals per match)
- Karim Benzema: 37 (0.38 goals per match)
- David Trezeguet: 34 (0.48 goals per match)
- Zinedine Zidane: 31 (0.29 goals per match)
- Just Fontaine: 30 (1.43 goals per match)
- Jean-Pierre Papin: 30 (0.56 goals per match)
- Kylian Mbappe: 28 (0.47 goals per match)
Kylian Mbappe is often causing a bit of a scene in the French media with him more or less demanding to be in charge of transfers and other ongoings of PSG. He’s often pushing for moves away from the club when it isn’t going his way and it’s becoming more and more apparent how greedy he is on the pitch.
For goalscorer backers, he’s the one to be placing your money on, but it’s been highlighted how little he seems to care about his teammates and prefers to go for the solo goal instead of an easy pass to his teammates. There’s no doubting the youngster's footballing ability but when it comes to the team game, he’s not the ideal teammate.
Fortunately for him, his ability does outweigh all these controversies, he’s an absolute goalscoring machine with electric pace, a defender's nightmare if you will. He will as well be on penalty duty for France during the World Cup something that is a big boost for top scorer backers.
It’s been mentioned many a time in previous articles that Ronaldo and Kane have both swooped Golden Boot prizes with a serious bit of helping from penalties, most notably last World Cup where Kane had 50% of his goals come from the spot. Mbappe top scorer backers will be happy with his greed as he has refused to give over penalty duty at PSG despite having the likes of Neymar and Messi as options.
Les Bleus have a serious amount of talent in the squad and that’s not a secret, but with Pogba and Kante doubts, you worry about what the midfield will look like: will the loss of Pogba seriously affect the creativity in the squad?
The most likely replacements for France are Camavinga and Tchouameni who are fairly defensive-minded. While Pogba may have been inconsistent, he really thrived in the French national team and had a solid partnership with Mbappe, and will be a big miss. Camavinga is a solid player but lacks the experience and passing ability of Pogba, but French fans will be hoping he is an adequate replacement.
France have a fair amount of goalscorers in this squad with the likes of Benzema, Griezmann, Giroud, Nkunku, and even Dembele, which could make the outright top scorer bet a little less attractive. As previously mentioned, these days Mbappe is just so selfish. Expect Mbappe to be amongst the goals and probably have the most shots on target, but don’t be surprised to see him miss a fair few chances that could probably have been easily converted by his teammates.
Mbappe comes in as the second-favourite at 9/1 with bet365 for the World Cup Golden Boot just behind Harry Kane who is priced as the 7/1 favourite.
For a man as prolific as Mbappe, who will most definitely be on penalties and can seemingly score a goal out of nothing, it looks to be a fairly solid bet when you also consider France are favoured to go quite far in this tournament.
Mbappe managed four goals in their last winning World Cup campaign and he's definitely improved since then (which is crazy to say). France will be playing Australia, Denmark and Tunisia in the groups and you'd have to fancy him to at least get some goals here, especially against Tunisia who are one of the weaker teams in the tournament.