The Spanish top flight has become increasingly popular in England over the past few years, with more games televised than ever before and the Barcelona style of football proving to be attractive to many neutral supporters.
Barca’s jewel in the crown is Lionel Messi and the Argentine is among the favourites to be this season’s top goalscorer in La Liga, which should not come as a surprise considering that he regularly scores more than 30 goals per campaign for the Catalan club.
Messi is available at 5/2 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) to win the Golden Boot, although the slight downside to backing the pocket dynamo is that the goals are shared between many of the Barcelona players and that includes David Villa, who managed to find the net 18 times last term compared to Messi’s 31.
Villa is a razor sharp striker who should continue to enjoy the service provided to him by new signing Cesc Fabregas, as well as Xavi and Andres Iniesta. The former Valencia forward is on offer at 8/1 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to score the most goals.
However, many people will be putting their money on Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid forward who managed an incredible 40 goals for his team last season. The former Manchester United forward takes penalties and free-kicks for Los Blancos and his average of more than a goal per game is quite incredible.
There are a few interesting each-way betting opportunities, with the bookmakers paying ¼ odds for the first four places and Álvaro Negredo was the player that followed Messi and Ronaldo home last season after bagging 20 for Sevilla. The Spaniard has now broken into the international side and 33/1 (Paddy Power) looks quite big.
Giuseppe Rossi is another player that should go well and the Villarreal forward managed 18 goals last term which merits an 18/1 quote (Paddy Power) from the bookmakers. The former Manchester United forward should get plenty at El Madrigal which is something of a fortress for the Yellow Submarine.
Sergio Aguero’s departure from Atletico Madrid could see Diego Forlan step up to the plate and the Uruguayan is a 33/1 chance to win the Golden Boot prize, while two players from Real Madrid that will be hungry for goals are Karim Benzema (12/1 bet365) and Gonzalo Higuain (12/1 Paddy Power), with the latter having had injury problems last term.