The top scorer market in La Liga is expected to be one of the most high profile, competitive and exciting than any other league in Europe.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema, Neymar, James Rodriquez and Mario Mandzukic will all be vying for the king of the Spanish goal scoring charts.
Not since Real Mallorca’s Dani Guiza in 2008 has a player outside of these three clubs finished as the top scorer and given the attacking talent on display it is hard to see that changing while in the last 10 years Diego Forlan, than of Villareal, is the only other striker to break the oligopoly.
Ronaldo is the current holder of the title after his 31 goals last season. He is also 1.72 to repeat that feat after a two goal salvo in the Super cup win over Seville.
The Portuguese star had a world cup to forget but looked fit and ready to go in Cardiff. Lionel Messi and Neymar both suffered heartbreak in Brazil but they came away from the World Cup with their heads held high, although in the case of Neymar a back support was needed.
The striker is 34.00 in the betting but unlikely to start the season after only just resuming training following the back injury that ended his world cup dream. He is still some way behind his team-mate Messi in the betting despite matching his goal-scoring efforts in Brazil with bet365 putting the Argentine forward at 2.37.
Third favourite on 21.00 is Luis Suarez. The former Liverpool man has shown that missing games through suspension doesn’t hamper him, as 31 goals in 32 games last can testify. The striker missed the first 6 games of last season through suspension and he is set to miss 8 games this time round.
In his favour however is the fact that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has cleared him to train and play in friendlies with Barcelona meaning that he will be match-fit ahead of a return to competitive action on October 25, against Real Madrid.
Karim Benzema has emerged as a key man for Real Madrid over the last 12 months and with a new deal under his belt and a strong world cup he will hope to build on his 17 goals last season. He is 26.00 in the odds ahead of team-mates James (67.00) and the now muscular Gareth Bale (41.00).
The impressive Griezmann and Mandzukic scored 16 and 18 goals respectively for Real Sociedad an Bayern Munich and the duo have been tasked with ensuring that the defending champions don’t miss their top scorer last Diego Costa too much.
Outside of the top three, it is hard to see who will challenge. Kevin Gamiro is 151.00 to step up a level after a solid debut season with Seville last time out while Iago Aspas is 251.00 after returning to La Liga on loan from Liverpool.
Former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela scorer of 16 goals for Sociedad is 101.00 while former Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason is one to watch.
The young Finnish International scored 29 goals last season before agreeing a move to Spain and at 151.00 he could be a good outside each way bet.
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