Superstar strikers Lionel Messi and Radamel Falcao are making the current La Liga season one to savour, even if the title race outcome looks increasingly clear.
Barcelona remain 3/25 favourites to regain their crown from eternal rivals Real Madrid after winning their 14th match out of 15 this season.
That might just be the best odds you get this season, with only an uncharacteristic serious dip in form seemingly able to stop Barca relinquishing their 11-point lead over Jose Mourinho’s men.
Messi took all the plaudits in an important 2-1 win at in-form Real Betis for his fantastic feat in breaking Gerd Muller’s record of 85 goals in a calendar year.
The Argentine wizard’s typically clinical brace at the Benito Villamarin was all the more surprising considering he had been stretchered off just a few days earlier during the Catalans’ Champions League draw against Benfica with a serious-looking knee injury.
Messi now has three more games this year in which to extend his own extraordinary record for 2012, the first of which sees him line up against Falcao this Sunday as Barcelona host Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp.
Should Tito Vilanova’s men take another win, expect their title odds to shorten even further.
Atletico Madrid remain 25/1 shouts for the title after Falcao fired five goals to help them to a 6-0 trouncing of strugglers Deportivo La Coruna.
Falcao now has 16 La Liga goals to his name and is a 12/1 chance to land the Pichichi, with Messi unsurprisingly leading the market at 3/25 with 23 goals.
The odds of Atletico finishing as the highest outside of Barcelona and Real Madrid are as low as 1/20 – an understandably short price as Malaga and Real Betis, their closest rivals in these stakes, are some 12 points behind.
Los Blancos, for their part, were unconvincing 3-2 winners at Real Valladolid, but they remain five points adrift of Atleti in third place.