By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 10th July 2018
Four of the last five Golden Glove winners also won the World Cup but the destination of this year’s FIFA award could be decided in the Croatia vs England semi-final. Jordan Pickford’s Golden Glove odds are 5/2.
Pickford and his Croatian opposite number Danijel Subasic have been statistically superior to Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois so far in the tournament, producing magnificent saves in penalty shoot-outs to take their sides to the World Cup semi-final.
Subasic has a save success rate of 88.9%, a tournament high of four saves per-goal-conceded and the AS Monaco man shipped only one goal in the group stages.
Better still, the Croat has already won two penalty shoot-outs for his nation, crucially saving four spot-kicks across two knock-out matches.
Pickford, meanwhile, made World Cup history when England won their first ever penalty shoot-out as result of his spot-kick stop from Colombia’s Mateus Uribe.
The Croatia vs England semi-final clash could then be pivotal in determining the Golden Glove winner. Odds about under 2.5 total match goals are 1/2, suggesting the likelihood of another penalty-shoot out is high.
In contrast, Lloris and Courtois could find themselves picking the ball out of their nets repeatedly when Belgium play France since the sides boast a considerable 23 goals between them.
Commercially termed as the Adidas Golden Glove, Pickford is currently the second favourite for the award behind Lloris at 9/4, but ahead of Subasic and Courtois who both earn 11/4 quotes for the award.
The Jordan Pickford Golden Glove odds may have been tweaked due to the fact he remains the only keeper to not have conceded from outside the box.
Jordan Pickford Golden Glove odds: England man is our betting tip
Tottenham’s Lloris might be the current favourite for the award, but there is a possibility he could suffer at the hands of Belgium’s fearsome front-line, which has a tournament high of 14 goals.
The Les Bleus captain conceded three against Argentina earlier in the tournament and actually sat out France’s goalless draw against Denmark for Steve Mandanda.
Chelsea keeper Courtois, meanwhile, looked susceptible when Japan took a shock two-goal lead in the last round of 16 and his disparaging comments made against England’s number one about his height could count against him.
These are all factors Pickford will hope the FIFA Technical Study Group will keep in mind when they determine the winner of the award.
The Everton keeper is our betting prediction for the Golden Glove award as he looks to become the first Englishman to claim it since Gordon Banks in 1966.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.