The race for the Serie A Golden Boot took a turn this weekend, as some of Italy’s hotshots took it up a gear. This weekend saw three of the top four scorers find the net, the only one to miss out was Cristiano Ronaldo. The rivals to the Juventus man are pressing their case to top the scoring charts. That has opened up an interesting race in Italy, with Fabio Quagliarella the surprise man leading the way to win the Capocannoniere.
With the golden boot fight getting interesting, this is a betting market worth checking out. We’re looking at the latest odds for Serie A’s top scorer, with plenty of well-priced options looking to take the crown away from Ronaldo. If you want to oppose the most expensive signing by an Italian club, here are some of the contenders to beat the Portuguese to be crowned Capocannoniere.
Despite being a goal off top spot, the bookies are heavily backing Ronaldo to take the crown. The forward has hit 19 goals so far this season. That’s still an impressive total at this stage of the season, with his treble against Atletico Madrid showing his talent even further. However, could that treble actually count against him in the quest for the league’s golden boot?
Ronaldo and Juventus managed to stay in the Champions League on Tuesday night, but as a result, they’ll be keeping their focus on Europe for the coming months. They’ll be tied up until mid-April at the earliest, after which only six fixtures remain. Those six all pit Juventus against sides inside the top 10, with each side fighting for Europe. Those six games contains a meeting with bitter rivals Fiorentina, city rivals Torino and old foes Inter Milan in the Derby d’Italia. Clashes with big opponents with the title already in the bag put Juventus at a disadvantage.
Despite all that, Ronaldo is as short as 1/5 with Betfair to take the golden boot in Italy this season. Given the problems facing him, it’s easy to start looking for other contenders.
Quagliarella is having a brilliant finish to his Serie A career. We’ve seen players race up the scoring charts late in their career – 2015 Capocannoniere winner Luca Toni was a prime example, after scoring 22 times at 38-years-old. He scored in 11 straight Serie A games earlier this season, equalling a league record in the process. Having notched four times in his last three games, he could be winding up for another streak to finish the season. He has every chance of winning the Golden Boot, but he can be backed at 7/2 with Paddy Power to make first place his own in the scoring charts.
The story of the season in Serie A has been Piatek, who has had a fairy tale rise to prominence. The forward joined Genoa in the summer to little fanfare, but he quickly emerged as a talent. A few months later, Genoa received 10 times what they paid for him from AC Milan, where the Polish international has kicked on a gear. He’s been leading the charge as Milan climb the table, making them serious contenders for a top four finish. Now Milan’s leading man in attack, he has a great platform to finish his first season in Italy as the top scorer.
Finally, Atalanta have created a ton of chances this season, with Duvan Zapata converting 17 of them. He’s been a great leading man in their push for the top four, while he plays in a side who offer him a lot of opportunities. He’s had 31 shots on target so far, while he’s also outscoring his xG tally. Despite sitting just two goals off Quagliarella, Zapata can be found at 16/1 with bet365 to top the scoring charts.
Recent weeks haven’t been quite as prolific for the Colombian forward, but he’s just found the net at the weekend once again. Now he’ll be looking to push Ronaldo in the final weeks of the campaign. Like the other two, he’s a serious contender to be crowned Capocannoniere, but he’s also overpriced against the favourite, who is likely to be distracted. If you’re looking for a market with real value, there are a few strong top scoring contenders, while Ronaldo chases Champions League glory.
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