The new La Liga season kicks off Friday, August 16 when Athletic Bilbao entertain Barcelona — kick-off in 3:00 pm EST..
It’s predicted to be yet another two-horse race at the peak of the table between Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Lionel Messi is practically certain to be among the league’s leading goalscorers. However, Bovada has also opened up several interesting over/under props for a few of the league’s major protagonists.
Eden Hazard’s summer proceed to the Bernabeau is one that’s been rumored for some time, and together with the Belgian having finally came it will be interesting to see if he can have the identical impact that he did in the English Premier League.
In his final season at Stamford Bridge, Hazard scored 16 goals — his very best return since 2011/12 in his final season at Lille at Ligue 1 once he struck 20 — and so he’s arrived in Madrid at the peak of his powers.
While his group at Chelsea was expensively assembled and needed more than its fair share of superstars, the Real Madrid squad he has combined is on another level. In Stamford Bridge, Hazard was a large fish at a medium-sized pond but in the Bernabeu, it is wall-to-wall major fish — every single player is an global superstar.
Therefore, while last season, some of his 16 goals were created through his own genius, this season he will be surrounded by ingenuity, with manager Zinedine Zidane supporting his players to play with flair and freedom.
In case Hazard can hit the floor, there’s nothing stopping him scoring 17 along with a few.
Our selection: Hazard to evaluate over 16.5 goals
Real Madrid’s Benzema will benefit from each the quality described above, plus he will have Eden Hazard himself supplying the ammunition. His 21 goals last time out was his best return since scoring 24 from 2015/16 and equalled his second-best tally from 2011/12.
In his decade at the Bernabeu, the 31-year-old Frenchman has averaged 14.8 goals per season, with his lowest tally being just five 2017/18 — but the big issue for those contemplating a wager on Benzema is the number of games will he play this year. To get his 21 league targets, he played 36 times — the most he has played in one time — but using Neymar on Real’s radar, it does beg the question,’who’ll the Brazilian substitute?’
If Benzema’s game time is limited, so too will his chance to split up the 21 goal obstacle, and so for that reason, we are attracted to the Frenchman scoring around 15 goals this campaign.
Our pick: Benzema to score less than 17.5 goals
The little maestro’s document speaks for itself. In his 15 seasons at the Camp Nou, he’s scored the awesome amount of 419 at an average of over 29 a year — a phenomenal accomplishment.
He peaked in 2011/12 once he scored no greater than 50 goals in La Liga, and followed it up the following time with 46; both seasons being in the middle of his struggle with Cristiano Ronaldo.
The pair, for several seasons, were locked in battle over the Golden Boot and also the Ballon d’Or and in various ways were accountable for spurring each other on greater heights, with both hitting on the half-century in that period.?? But now there’s no Ronaldo at La Liga — he plays with Juventus in Serie A — and Messi’s battle is with himself and also the record books.
Another astounding reality is the way match the little Argentinian keeps himself, and even at 32-years-old he frequently plays 30 league matches per season, and it has remained remarkably clear of long-term and serious harms.
His goalscoring ratio throughout the past couple of seasons has been nearly a goal-a-game and providing he proceeds to remain healthy and fit and he plays nicely over 30 league games, we believe he will break the 35-goal obstacle.
Our pick: Messi to evaluate greater than 34.5 targets
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