World Cup Preview: The Contenders For Golden Glove
Whole goals are usually the order of the day at the World Cup, they’re most certainly won at the back.
The top teams always have a solid base and at the heart of that has lay some of the greatest goalkeepers of a generation.
The Golden Glove is a popular betting market and has been won by some real greats including Gianluigi Buffon, Dino Zoff, Oliver Kahn and Gordon Banks.
Russia 2018 will see a number of fantastic goalkeepers compete. Here is our run down of the most likely candidates…
Let’s begin with the Manchester United contingent. Sergio Romero may not be getting a game for the Red Devil’s but he’ll be first choice for Argentina and in with a great chance in the Golden Glove odds.
The 30-year-old has been a mainstay in the squad alongside Messi, Aguero and Co. and he’ll be there to keep clean sheets as the attack run wild once again.
Argentina are 8/1 to win the World Cup and he’ll be vital should the do so.
David De Gea
United’s number one is among the very favourites to win the World Cup 2018 Golden Glove.
He could make a real difference for the Spanish, just as he has done for his club side in recent years. He’s a points winner and thoroughly deserves his place at the top of the tree when it comes to keepers.
Incredibly, this will be his first World Cup as number one and his influence will be recognised. Spain are at 6/1 for the tournament and defensively we expect them to be tough to beat with De Gea leading the charge.
We fancy the French to do well this year and it could be a big summer for Hugo Lloris.
The Spurs stopper will captain the side and will be a leading contender in the Golden Glove odds.
A sweeper keeper, he’ll build play from the back, while also continuing to pull off the fine stops that have made him one of the Premier League’s best. He has a strong defence in front of him and he would be the one we’d throw a Russia 2018 free bet on.
Germany’s Manuel Neuer will be favourite for the Golden Glove and understandably so.
His nation have been almost unstoppable in recent years and the World Cup tipsters out there are already handing them the trophy.
Neuer won the award back in 2014 and, despite being a keeper, is a huge dictator in his side’s play. Playing out from the back is a huge part of their play and while he may be renowned for his sweeping, he’s also a fine shot stopper that will go down as one of the true greats.
You can bet your bottom dollar, if the Germans make the final he’ll be leading the way in the Golden Glove stakes and a sure fire candidate for Team of the Tournament.
Perhaps more of an outside shot, Thibaut Courtois will be shouting instructions to a very talented Belgium side who, dare we say it, have hugely underachieved.
2018 could be a different story. They were the first European nation to qualify and have players in sensational form. A strong defence will help and Courtois has proved he’s a fantastic player.
Perhaps not as talented as the other candidates, he can still hold his own in that group and we wouldn’t be surprised if he went on to upset the odds for the Golden Glove.
The game against England will be a good test for him, where they are 13/8 favourites to pick up the win.