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Projected Top Scorer of the FIFA World Cup 2018

June 13, 2018 2 min to read

Today at AlphaSportsBetting we decided to give you our expert predictions on who we expect to finish as this year’s World Cup top scorer.

There are many great players taking part in this competition, so it was a hard prediction.

However, considering the team behind our predicted top scorer and his key role in their attack, our pick is Neymar Jr!

Brazil leader

Neymar Jr has been Brazil's charismatic leader for many years now, even though he is only 26 years old.

Brazil has many great attacking players with the likes of Coutinho, Gabriel Jesus, Firmino and Willian but, they are not the same team without the PSG star.

We clearly witnessed this in 2014 during the World Cup in Brazil, after Neymar's injury against Colombia in the quarter finals – The team lost its soul and its technical leader.

It probably is not the only reason they lost but it may explain the crash against Germany in the semifinals a few days later.

With 55 goals in 85 international games with Brazil, Neymar is on his way to beat the legend Pele's goal scoring record for the Selecao (77 goals).

After leading a young Brazil Olympic squad to the Golden medal in Rio 2016, the ex-Barcelona player will be more motivated than ever to lead a strong Brazil team to the title in Moscow. 

Brazil squad

A very promising Brazil squad

The Golden Boot title is often linked to a good run in the competition obviously, the more games you play the more goals you can score.

It is fair to say that Brazil has everything to perform well in Russia as their squad is probably one of the most complete ones, with a great mix of talent and experience.

Brazil will play with a very solid defence – Marcelo, Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda and Manchester City's Ederson as a goalkeeper.

A good defence is a must-have when you want to win a competition as tough as the World Cup.

The Brazilian’s defence is very experienced and it also has young talents like Ederson, Danilo or Marquinhos who perform at a very high level with their clubs.

The Selecao will also have experienced midfielders in their ranks such as Fernandinho and Paulinho.

Upfront they will rely on a deadly trio with Neymar, Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus.

Everything is set for Brazil to perform well potentially making people forget their 7-1 humiliation against Germany 4 years ago.

Neymar may just have come back from an injury but he instantly proved that he was fit, by scoring a tremendous goal to seal the win in a friendly against Croatia last week.

We would place a bet on Brazil reaching at least the final and we see Neymar scoring a lot of goals in the group stage, as they will face Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica.

 

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Oliver

Oliver is by profession a financial trader and spends his days predicting financial markets but in his free time enjoys watching sporting events like horse racing and European football.

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