Spain’s Villa can shine brightest in battle of La Liga stars
The shortlist for the Top La Liga Goalscorer will leave bettors starry-eyed, and with the top four contenders all representing countries with realistic hopes of winning the World Cup, an avalanche of goals should ensue.
New Barcelona signing David Villa is the 3/1 favourite, and if Spain can live up to their lofty expectations, the former Valencia captain should provide a flurry of goals.
Villa has an impressive international record of 37 goals in 57 games, and he is also the 8/1 favourite to win the Golden Shoe.
Chief among Villa’s competition in this market will be his new team-mate at Camp Nou, Lionel Messi.
The diminutive Argentine is priced at 7/2, and after a season which produced 34 league goals, Messi will head to South Africa in the form of his life.
Cristiano Ronaldo is another dangerous contender, having completed his first season at Real Madrid with an astounding 33 goals.
He is 6/1 to outscore his La Liga rivals, and Portuguese hopes of success in South Africa will rest heavily on the former Manchester United winger.
As a 20/1 outsider, Diego Forlan is a very tempting bet. Drawn in the wide-open Group A, Uruguay stand a strong chance of progressing to at least the round of 16, and Forlan will be a focal point of their attack.
The Atletico Madrid striker scored 18 league goals last season, following on from an exceptional 2008/09 campaign which yielded 32 goals.
It could be Villa, however, who has the final say, as he will be leading a Spanish attack which will be expected to run riot against Switzerland, Chile and Honduras.