For many football fans worldwide, a highly exhilarating and possibly tense summer is about to begin. Yep, the World Cup 2018 starts in just under a month’s time, and 32 international teams will be travelling to Russia with the hopes of lifting the coveted trophy.
Online gamblers may have started to get excited too, as the World Cup 2018 not only brings with it plenty of opportunities to watch flawless footballing performances, but to bet on them too! Once the World Cup 2018 begins, hundreds of new sports betting markets will open, making this the perfect time to place some smart wagers.
However did you know that even ahead of the start of the tournament, many UK bookmakers are already offering very appealing odds in a selection of World Cup 2018 markets? These include which players are in with a chance of winning specialised prizes such as the Golden Boot, for top goal scorer and the Golden Glove prize for best goalkeeper.
In order to help you decide which footballers are the best to back in this year’s World Cup, we’re taking a closer look at some of the players competing in Russia. One of these players is Keylor Navas, who will travel to Russia with the Costa Rica international team. Read on to find out more about Keylor Navas World Cup odds, including his chances at being named the World’s best goalkeeper.
Who Is Keylor Navas?
Keylor Navas is a Costa Rican goalkeeper, who also plays for Real Madrid at league level. He is generally considered as one of the world’s best goalkeepers, having performed exceptionally well for both his club and his country.
Navas started his footballing career at Deportivo Saprissa, but in 2011 he moved to Spain, playing for Albacete and then Levante in La Liga. He joined Real Madrid in 2014, helping them gain one league title and two Champions League titles.
|International Club||Costa Rica|
|League Club||Real Madrid|
|No. of Appearances for International Club||76|
As you can see from the table above, Keylor Navas is no stranger to playing for his international team. He has made 76 appearances for Costa Rica since his debut in 2008, and has represented his country in two CONCACAF Gold Cups, and was the starting goalkeeper in the Costa Rican 2014 World Cup squad. In fact, Navas’ impressive performance at the last World Cup is often described as unforgettable, and was arguably one of the main reasons why his team were able to reach the quarter finals.
Keylor Navas Odds World Cup 2018
Keylor Navas’ remarkable international record hasn’t gone unnoticed by UK bookmakers, as they’re currently offering very good odds on both his team to progress far in this year’s competition and for him to walk away a prize winner. Check out some of the most popular Keylor Navas betting options below.
Costa Rica World Cup Odds 2018
For many people, a footballer is only as good as the team he plays for, and therefore before we can analyse Keylor Navas’ odds of picking up a prize this World Cup, we must first also take a look at how Costa Rica will perform.
Costa Rica will begin the World Cup 2018 in Group E, alongside Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia. Although Brazil are the clear favourites to advance here, the rest of the group is shaping up to be very unpredictable.
Costa Rica had a very good run in the 2014 competition, and many pundits will be expecting them to do the same this time around. However, both Switzerland and Serbia are also taking strong teams full of star players to the competition this year. This puts a lot of pressure on Navas to perform in Russia and it could mean that his ability to keep a clean sheet will be crucial to Costa Rica’s success.
All that considered, this means there’s definite value in backing Keylor Navas this World Cup, especially if Costa Rica can advance into the Round of 16.
Keylor Navas Top Goal Keeper Odds World Cup
As he plays as a goalkeeper, the Keylor Navas top scorer odds World Cup 2018 are, obviously, non-existent. However this doesn’t mean that the Costa Rican player won’t be in with a chance of winning a prize in this year’s competition.
Aside from helping his team win the World Cup outright, Keylor Navas will also have his sights on the Golden Glove award, which goes to whoever is considered to have been the best goalkeeper of the competition. This means that there are plenty of bookmakers offering odds on Keylor Navas to be the top goal keeper in the World Cup 2018, and we think this bet has a lot of value to it.
Keylor Navas has already been the recipient of many ‘best goalkeeper’ awards, including the CONCACAF Goalkeeper of the Year award in both 2016 and 2017 and the CONCACAF Player of the Year award in both 2014 and 2017 too. This makes him all the more likely to pick up a prize at the World Cup 2018, yet he will face a tough competition as the tournament is full of sublime goalkeepers.
Players such as Brazil’s Ederson Moraes, Spain’s David De Gea and Germany’s Marc Andre Ter Stegen all also boast great odds at bagging the Golden Glove 2018 World Cup prize, but we think Navas is still a good player to take a punt on, especially if Costa Rica progress out of the group stages.