The new La Liga year kicks off on Friday, August 16 when Athletic Bilbao entertain Barcelona — kick-off in 3:00 pm EST.. It’s predicted to be the following two-horse race near the top of the table between Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Lionel Messi is almost sure to be among the league’s top goalscorers. However, Bovada has also opened up several interesting over/under props to get some of the league’s main protagonists. *All odds. Eden Hazard’s summertime proceed to the Bernabeau is just one that’s been rumored for some time, and with the Belgian having finally arrived it will be intriguing to see if he could have the identical impact that he did at the English Premier League. In his final year at Stamford Bridge, Hazard scored 16 goals — his best return because 2011/12 in his final year at Lille at Ligue 1 once he hit 20 — and so he has arrived at Madrid at the peak of his powers. While his team in Chelsea was expensively assembled and had more than its reasonable share of superstars, the Real Madrid team he’s combined is on a different level. At Stamford Bridge, Hazard was a huge fish in a medium-sized pond however at the Bernabeu, it is wall-to-wall major fish — every single participant is an global superstar. So, while last season, some of his 16 goals were created by his own genius, this season he’ll be surrounded with imagination, with director Zinedine Zidane encouraging his players to play with flair and freedom. In case Hazard can strike the ground, there is nothing stopping him scoring 17 along with a few. Our selection: Hazard to score over 16.5 goals Real Madrid’s Benzema will gain from each one the quality described previously, and he’ll have Eden Hazard himself providing the ammunition. His 21 goals last time out was his very best return since scoring 24 at 2015/16 and equalled his second-best tally from 2011/12. In his decade in the Bernabeu, the 31-year-old Frenchman has averaged 14.8 targets a year, with his smallest tally being just five 2017/18 — but the big question for those considering a bet on Benzema is the number of games will he perform this season. To receive his or her 21 league objectives, he played 36 days — that the most he has played in one season — but with Neymar on Real’s radar, it does beg the question,’who’ll the Brazilian substitute?’ In case Benzema’s match time is limited, so also will his opportunity to split up the 21 goal barrier, and therefore for this reason, we’re attracted towards the Frenchman scoring about 15 goals this campaign. Our pick: Benzema to evaluate less than 17.5 goals The tiny maestro’s record speaks for itself. In his 15 seasons in the Camp Nou, he’s scored the wonderful amount of 419 at a mean of over 29 a year — a phenomenal accomplishment. He cried in 2011/12 once he scored no less than 50 goals in La Liga, and followed up the following time with 46; the two seasons being in the middle of his battle with Cristiano Ronaldo. The pair, for many seasons, were locked in battle over the Golden Boot and the Ballon d’Or and in most ways were accountable for spurring each other onto greater heights, with both hitting on the half-century in that period.?? However, now there’s no Ronaldo at La Liga — he plays for Juventus in Serie A — and Messi’s battle is with himself and the record books. Another astounding fact is how fit the small Argentinian keeps himselfand also at 32-years-old he plays 30 league games per season and has remained remarkably clear of serious and long-term injuries. His goalscoring ratio during the last few seasons has been nearly a goal-a-game and supplying he continues to stay healthy and fit and he plays nicely over 30 league games, we believe he’ll break the 35-goal barrier. Our selection: Messi to evaluate greater than 34.5 goals Let us have fun and keep it civil.