World Cup 2022 Odds: Alisson leads the betting for the Golden Glove
The market for the Golden Glove winner at the World Cup has finally been released and Brazil's Alisson leads the betting as a 4/1 favourite. Here at BettingOdds.com we've taken a look at the market and talked in depth about some of the keepers leading the line.
The Golden Glove is a fairly recent innovation as an award, only being introduced in 1994 and has since been awarded to seven goalkeepers. The winning team has seen their keeper win it the majority of the time, with the only two exceptions being Thibaut Courtois in the last World Cup and Michel Preud'homme in 1994.
|1994 United States||Michel Preud'homme|
|1998 France||Fabien Barthez|
|2002 South Korea/Japan||Oliver Kahn|
|2006 Germany||Gianluigi Buffon|
|2010 South Africa||Iker Casillas|
|2014 Brazil||Manuel Neuer|
|2018 Russia||Thibaut Courtois|
The award is given to the “best performing goalkeeper” of the tournament, which is highly subjective but opens up the betting market a fair bit. Players like Courtois won the award despite not winning the tournament and not even conceding the least goals. As previously mentioned, the winning nation does seem to see their man between the sticks win the Golden Glove more often than not, which means it should come as no surprise to see Alisson as the 4/1 favourite for the award.
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At the end of the day, it really is up to FIFA’s opinion about who was the best goalkeeper, so some late penalty shootout heroics could determine the winner. The betting market is wide open and it really is tough to call. Ideally, you would want someone that is going to go far in the competition and hopefully perform some knockout stage heroics, or even help their team get to the next stage in a penalty shootout. As always we will be taking a look at the odds and the keepers leading the betting market.
Brazil’s number one comes in as the 4/1 favourite for the Golden Glove award and with Brazil being the outright favourites and in red hot form it’s easy to see why. Many will be looking at the clean sheet stats when it comes to deciding the Golden Glove and thankfully, Brazil have been stunning since their defeat to Argentina in the Copa America final. Here’s how the Brazillians have fared since that defeat.
- Games: 15
- Goals scored: 24
- Goals conceded: 5
- Wins: 12
- Draws: 3
They are in many eyes the rightful favourite coming into the World Cup and with five of the seven Golden Glove awards going to the winning nation, Alisson at 4/1 could be just as good a bet as Brazil to win the tournament outright.
Courtois won this award last year and comes in as the second-favourite to reclaim the title this campaign, something that hasn’t happened since the award was introduced. Belgium are just a bit further out in the market, priced at 16/1 to capture World Cup glory which makes the price for Courtois to win the Golden Glove at 11/2 a little less appealing.
Courtois has recently come out and said that he was an unlucky loser for the Ballon d’Or and a case could certainly be made for him winning the most prestigious individual trophy in football. The Belgian argued that goals count for more than saves these days and that’s why Benzema won the award. Whilst he claimed to be happy that his teammate won the award, he was confused as they won the same amount of trophies that season and Courtois secured the Champions League man of the match award on top of that.
There’s no reason that he can’t win another individual award here, but with Belgium being one of the less fancied teams for the World Cup it’s not as easy to back him at the prices. On top of that, with Belgium’s group not looking as competitive, it’s tough to see Courtois getting tested in the early stages of the tournament. I highly doubt Canada, Morocco and Croatia are going to test the keeper too much.
Manuel Neuer has been consistently one of the great keepers over the last 10 years and to this day still finds himself as Germany’s starting goalkeeper. Neuer previously won the award in 2014 when Germany lifted the trophy after beating Argentina in the final.
The 2014 tournament really was Germany’s to lose, with the Germans a convincing favourite for every game they played. On top of that, we were coming off an all Bundesliga Champions League final in 2013/14 which should show you how well German football was faring at the time.. Germany came in as the 11/2 3rd favourites for that World Cup.
Neuer is one of five keepers that has won the award when their nation lifted the trophy, but unfortunately for Germany they aren’t really the same calibre of side we saw back in 2014. Germany come to Qatar as 9/1 shots for the World Cup and are in a similar position to England in which they have both struggled in the Nations League. Germany have only recorded one win in their last seven games, their one win coming against Italy in a 5-2 win.
The Germans will have a tough route to the final, where if things go to form they are projected to play Croatia, Brazil, Argentina and then France. You’d think if Neuer has a standout performance against any of these nations he could definitely be up for the Golden Glove, but Germany are likely to be underdogs against all of those teams apart from Croatia.
As previously mentioned, this is a minefield of a market so you could be better off just backing a keeper that you know is going to start for a nation that has a solid chance of going deep into the competition. To aid you in that, here’s a list of some of the higher profile teams and their starting goalkeeper:
- France: Hugo Lloris
- Argentina: Emiliano Martinez
- England: Jordan Pickford
- Germany: Manuel Neuer
- Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen
- Portugal: Rui Patricio
- Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel
- Croatia: Dominik Livaković
- Uruguay: Fernando Muslera
- Switzerland: Yann Sommer
- Serbia: Milinković-Savić
- Senegal: Edouard Mendy
- Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa
Given England are quite short in the betting, Jordan Pickford could prove to be a decent bet to win the Golden Glove at 12/1. Elsewhere, Emi Martinez has proved time and time again that he is one of the best keepers in the world and can deliver on the big occasions. Many are expecting Kasper Schmeichel to perform quite well, so 33/1 might turn out to be a decent bet for him to win the Golden Glove.