With the completion of nine rounds, our 2021 La Liga top scorer predictions have become clearer. Suarez, Alcacer, and Benzema stepped up to the challenge for the Pichichi trophy. Messi started slow, but as usual, he will be the man to beat as the season gets more and more competitive.
As the Matchday 9 of La Liga ended, Real Sociedad’s winger Oyarzabal is still leading the scoring charts with six goals. Behind him, Atletico’s Suarez and Felix, and Villarreal’s Alcacer hold on five goals each. Benzema has four and Messi three. However, online gambling sites in Spain still favor Messi to win his seventh Pichichi trophy. Whereas, Oyarzabal is not among the top five favorites.
So, is the GOAT a safe bet to win the Pichichi this season? As per our 2021 La Liga top scorer predictions, Messi can easily become the top scorer. If you think about all the negativity surrounding Messi might be the major impediment, think twice. They might be the major factors to boost his numbers at the other end of the pitch.
Messi remains solid despite the drama
Despite all the drama surrounding Messi and the club, he has proved to be solid and capable of turning all negative into positive. Last season, Barca finished with zero trophies, but Messi performed very well and won comfortably the Golden Boot after scoring 25 goals in 33 games. So, it is no surprise that his odds value 2.00 at Bet365 Sportsbook to win it for the fifth consecutive time.
Although Messi scored only three goals so far, he has all that it takes to beat the other guys. He has the space to dominate Barca’s frontline even more than the previous seasons. His teammate Suarez left the squad, the youngster Ansu Fati will be out for four months, and Griezmann faded away. Therefore, every time Barca asks for a savior, only Messi will be there to deliver.
2021 La Liga top scorer predictions on Suarez
Despite the hit the Uruguayan took by the Barcelona administration, he found his place very quickly in Atletico. As online gambling news in Spain reported, Suarez is joint second in the race for the Pichichi trophy. He scored five times so far, and it does not look like he will stop.
To expect Suarez to score 40 goals as he did in 2016 with Barca when he won the Golden Boot that one time, is not easy. His age and lack of hunger certainly play a big part. Suarez looks happy at Wanda Metropolitano, but it is hard to see him surpass Messi. If you think it is possible, you can place a bet on Suarez with 5.50 odds.
Benzema is up to the challenege
Karim Benzema has been shining ever since Cristiano Ronaldo left for Juventus. Besides, he is still Zinedine Zidane’s most productive and favored attacker at the Bernabeu. With his age of 32, he deserves all the praise. Last season, he netted 21 times and finished second in the scoring charts behind Messi.
Compared to his teammates at the frontline, Jovic, Asensio, and Hazard, he is the only clinical player. So, is he up to the challenge this season? Our 2021 La Liga top scorer predictions point out that he is. His odds stand at 6.00. But the idea of beating Messi is unlikely.
Alcacer looks to repeat his performance with Dortmund
The newly signed striker by Villarreal Paco Alcacer looks forward to repeating his impressive performance with Dortmund. After Alacer moved from Barcelona to Dortmund in 2018, he was almost head to head with Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski. In 37 Bundesliga games, Alcacer scored 23 goals. Only due to the starlet Erling Haaland, Alcacer had to search for a new challenge. Thus he returned to La Liga.
As for now, Alcacer scored five goals and pushed his team the second place. Under the helm of Unai Emery, Alcacer can do a lot. He can challenge his former teammate Messi, with a value of 13.00.
If you are looking for similar challenges in top European leagues, have a look at the 2021 Bundesliga top scorer betting preview. You can also see the full list of La Liga top scorer odds, by checking out the review about Bet365 Sportsbook.