Barcelona’s new forward Neymar will get plenty of game-time for the La Liga champions this year and the 17/10 about the 21-year-old scoring over 26.5 league goals is an appealing price.
The former Santos striker’s goal record is impressive – with 53 goals in 84 starts for the 2011 Copa Libertadores champions – and despite concerns about his ability to function in the same team as Lionel Messi, there will be plenty of games to go around next season.
The case of Cesc Fabregas – who considered leaving the club this summer despite starting more games than any other Barca outfield player in the league last season – shows how much of a priority keeping players fresh for the Champions League remains at the Camp Nou and new boss Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, will continue the squad rotation policy practised by predecessor Tito Vilanova.
Alexis Sanchez – who Neymar has seemingly been brought in to replace – managed 18 starts last season in La Liga, plus 11 appearances from the bench and his fellow South American striker can expect to better that tally, having been picked-up for an eye-watering £48.6m.
With Messi taking up a more central position in recent seasons, there will be plenty of space for Neymar to make his trademark runs inside from the left flank and should find plenty of gaps in La Liga’s flimsy defensive lines – both Barcelona and Real Madrid managed over 100 goals last time out, with the Catalan club reaching 115.
Neymar will start the season ahead of Sanchez in his preferred position on the left of a three-pronged forward line and with Xavi and co providing the bullets from midfield – and Messi and Pedro supporting in attack – the tricky Brazilian will get plenty of opportunities to find the back of the net.