The Old Lady may have gone through her full repertoire as she prepares to sing, but there’s still a battle raging in Serie A away from the title race. Juventus have got that one sewn up, but is their star man going to finish as the Serie A top scorer?
After Juve’s Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax on Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo can expect more minutes in the league than if they’d gone through to the semi-finals. Max Allegri has rested the Portuguese a number of times before European games, but Ronaldo is sure to have his eye on finishing top of the scoring charts now.
He’s on 19 goals for the season, three shy of top scorer Fabio Quagliarella. It’d hardly be a surprise to see Ronaldo close that gap by bagging a hat-trick at home to Fiorentina this weekend, so his price of 3/1 in the Serie A top scorer odds looks pretty tempting with six games left to play.
That price is unlikely to lengthen in the coming weeks, so now’s the time to get on Ronaldo. If you fancy another veteran, Quagliarella, to maintain his spot at the top of the charts, then the Sampdoria striker is the 5/4 favourite. As those odds aren’t great, and there’s a chance the 36-year-old will run out of steam in the final weeks of the season, we’re looking elsewhere for some value.
Krzysztof Piatek could provide it at 5/2. The Polish hitman plundered 13 goals in 19 games for Genoa in the first half of the season, and has eight in 12 since joining Milan in January. That means he’s just one behind Quagliarella on 21, and very tempting at those odds.
Another goal back from Piatek is Duvan Zapata. The Atalanta forward has done brilliantly this term, propelling his team into an unlikely 6th place. Still very much in the reckoning for the Champions League places, any Atalanta joy this season looks set to rest on his shoulders. Zapata is 13/2 to cap a fine season by finishing as Serie A’s top scorer.
There aren’t too many players whetting the appetite apart from the leading contenders. If anyone’s going to come from behind, it’s most likely to be Ronaldo. However, Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik could be worth a punt at 125/1. He has five goals to make up on Quagliarella, but could be worth a couple of euros at that price.