Ranking the 20 La Liga Teams on Their Attacking Prowess

Jason PettigroveContributor IApril 25, 2014

Ranking the 20 La Liga Teams on Their Attacking Prowess

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    Real Madrid top the La Liga scoring charts with 94 goals so far.
    Real Madrid top the La Liga scoring charts with 94 goals so far.Frank Augstein

    La Liga has been awash with goals again this season, with the current top three teams alone scoring over 250 goals between them.

    This list attempts to rank each team in order of their attacking prowess, and the difference between top and bottom is astonishing.

    Cristiano Ronaldo on his own has scored more than Elche, for example.

    While many espouse the virtues of the English Premier League, the Spanish equivalent continues to entertain with it's heady mixture of a high-level of technical ability combined with goals, goals, goals!

    The recent seven-goal El Clasico thriller at the Santiago Bernabeu is a perfect example of why we continue to be seduced by football from the land of La Roja.

    All stats are provided by StatBunker.com.

Elche: 27 Goals

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    Less than a goal a game sees Elche sit rock-bottom of this list.
    Less than a goal a game sees Elche sit rock-bottom of this list.Gabriel Pecot

    Although there is still a chance that Elche could be relegated, they have shown a real desire to win each and every game and perhaps deserve a continued residency in La Liga on that basis.

    If some of their 11 draws could've been converted into wins, Los Franjiverdes would be sitting pretty in mid-table.

    As it is, just eight wins and a paltry return in front of goal sees them having to fight for their lives right until the end of the season.

    Top scorer Ferran Coyo has just five goals, which speaks for itself.

Real Betis: 29 Goals

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    Ruben Castro is joint top-scorer for Real Betis.
    Ruben Castro is joint top-scorer for Real Betis.Angel Fernandez

    Bottom-of-the-table Real Betis have never really recovered from their poor start under previous manager Pepe Mel.

    Just two wins in the league by the end of January, per WhoScored.com, was always going to present huge problems for the Andalusians.

    Their poor home form with only 15 goals in 17 games is a horrific return.

    Form on the road has only been marginally better, and were it not for top scorers Ruben Castro and Jorge Molina with eight each, the Beticos would be even further adrift.

Osasuna: 29 Goals

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    Ex-Barcelona starlet Oriol Riera has shown his class for Osasuna this season. Never better than the goal in the video above.

    With 12 out of the 29 that Los Rojillos have plundered, it's fair to suggest that the player has almost single-handedly kept his team out of trouble, given the dearth of goals from his team-mates.

    Osasuna remain just above the trap door of relegation and one more win should see them safe for another season.

Getafe: 29 Goals

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    Thank heavens for Pedro Leon.
    Thank heavens for Pedro Leon.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    The last of the three teams on 29 goals is Madrid-based Getafe.

    Third-from-bottom on goal difference, a win is very much needed.

    Given that they have only managed one since the end of November, per WhoScored.com, and have Barcelona as one of their final four opponents, this could be the season that La Liga waves goodbye to Getafe after a nine-year stay.

    Pedro Leon is doing his best again to keep his side afloat, weighing in with seven goals, but it's unlikely to be enough.

Levante: 30 Goals

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    Levante's top two scorers are responsible for a third of their goals.
    Levante's top two scorers are responsible for a third of their goals.Alberto Saiz

    Despite a lowly return on the goals-scored front, Levante sit in a healthy ninth place due in no small part to an unbeaten run that stretched almost two months from January to March. 

    Had they not been so fortunate results-wise at that time, there is every likelihood that they would be battling to stay in the division now given how their form has tailed off since the second week of March.

    Since then they've only won a single game, per WhoScored.com, and David Barral remains the club's top scorer with a meagre six goals.

Granada: 30 Goals

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    Granada's stunning recent win over Barcelona gave them hope of beating the drop.
    Granada's stunning recent win over Barcelona gave them hope of beating the drop.Daniel Tejedor

    Yacine Brahimi was the hero when Barcelona came to town recently. Granada put a real spoke in the Catalans' title charge while breathing new life into their own battle for La Liga survival.

    However, with only two other goals to his name this season, he might get kudos for his one-game heroics—the real plaudits belong at the door of Youssef El-Arabi.

    The 12 goals scored by the player accounts for virtually half of Granada's entire total and is one of the main reasons why Granada remain just out of trouble in the lower reaches of the table.

Real Valladolid: 32 Goals

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    Only poor finishing has not seen Real Valladolid with a better return in the goals-for column.
    Only poor finishing has not seen Real Valladolid with a better return in the goals-for column.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Real Valladolid were another club to put a nail in Barca's coffin despite inhabiting the wrong end of the table.

    As it stands, La Real have scored 32 goals and earned 32 points in 33 games, and they stay out of the bottom three on goal difference only.

    Another club that have relied heavily on the impact of certain players, were Javi Guerra absent for any extended period then there is absolutely no doubt that the Pucela would be on their way to the Segunda division.

    Guerra has 12 strikes to his name. The next most prolific? Patrick Ebert with just three goals.

Malaga: 37 Goals

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    Roque Santa Cruz has contributed to a tally that has been evenly distributed throughout his Malaga side.
    Roque Santa Cruz has contributed to a tally that has been evenly distributed throughout his Malaga side.Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

    Bernd Schuster hasn't really enjoyed a successful campaign as Malaga manager.

    An impressive managerial CV has counted for nothing down at La Rosaleda, and Manuel Pellegrini's replacement hasn't been able to inspire his troops to any sort of consistency.

    Five wins in the last eight has pulled Los Boquerones clear of trouble, but Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani is unlikely to be impressed—37 goals just isn't good enough.

    Although the club have lost players like Isco, Joaquin and Jeremy Toulalan, both Schuster and Al-Thani would surely have expected Roque Santa Cruz and Ignacio Camacho Barnola to have more than a top-score tally of six goals as we head into May.

     

Almeria: 36 Goals

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    Rodri has weighed in with his share of goals for Almeria.
    Rodri has weighed in with his share of goals for Almeria.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Almeria are the highest scorers out of the bottom eight-placed teams in La Liga, with 36 goals in total, yet find themselves second-bottom and two points from safety.

    They scored 10 goals in the first five games of the season and another eight in their last six games, as per WhoScored. That's half of their total in a third of their matches.

    However, virtually all of those games were either lost or drawn, just one of those 11 being won. Therefore, the reason for such a lowly league placing is obvious.

    Rodri and Verza are Almeria's top marksmen with seven goals each, but will their prowess be enough to save them?

Espanyol: 38 Goals

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    Espanyol lost the Catalan derby but have performed well under Javier Aguirre.
    Espanyol lost the Catalan derby but have performed well under Javier Aguirre.Alex Caparros/Getty Images

    Despite being only two goals better off than Almeria, Espanyol find themselves 11 points and nine places ahead, sitting comfortably, in 10th position in the table.

    Coincidentally, the two meet each other in their next fixture, and there isn't too much doubt as to who needs the points more.

    Sergio Garcia's 12 goals across the season have been as vital as anyone's, but Javier Aguirre's side have benefited from goals being shared across the squad with nine separate players adding to the tally.

     

     

Celta Vigo: 40 Goals

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    Nolito and Charles have scored almost half of Celta Vigo's goals.
    Nolito and Charles have scored almost half of Celta Vigo's goals.David Ramos/Getty Images

    Luis Enrique's Celta Vigo have enjoyed something of a mixed bag of a season.

    The former Barcelona B and AS Roma manager has won many plaudits for how his side play football, with Barca's on-loan midfielder Rafinha especially impressive.

    An early season highlight was a 5-0 win away from home at Malaga, and their season has been peppered with some excellent performances.

    A 2-1 victory over Valencia and a win at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, 0-1 against Sevilla, are indicators that on their day, Celta can stand toe-to-toe with the best teams in the league. 

    Unfortunately, those days have been few and far between.

    Charles' and Nolito's top scores of eight aren't really good enough at this level. Perhaps a quality striker shy of a genuine push for a European place, Enrique may look back wistfully on what might have been this season.

Rayo Vallecano: 42 Goals

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    Alberto Bueno's goals have kept Rayo Vallecano alive in La Liga.
    Alberto Bueno's goals have kept Rayo Vallecano alive in La Liga.Andres Kudacki

    Rayo Vallecano are yet another team who have one or two quality strikers to thank for keeping them afloat in the lower part of the table.

    Alberto Bueno and Joaquin Larrivey are responsible for just over half of the 42 goals that the lightning have scored in La Liga.

    With a worse goal difference than all but the bottom two clubs, the importance of Bueno and Larrivey to the team cannot be overstated.

     

Valencia: 47 Goals

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    Paco Alcacer continues to shine for Valencia.
    Paco Alcacer continues to shine for Valencia.Alberto Saiz

    Valencia's season has been quite a tumultuous one to say the least—47 goals scored and 47 goals conceded, 12 games won and 13 games lost. A "see-saw campaign" doesn't even begin to describe it.

    Juan Antonio Pizzi's mid-season appointment after Miroslav Dukic's sacking should've seen some calm restored at the Mestalla, but the former's results haven't really been too much better than his predecessor§s.

    Indeed, per WhoScored.com, Pizzi has only managed the same number of wins (five).

    Jonas Goncalves top-scores with nine, followed by Paco Alcacer with six. Pablo Piatti has four while six other players have three each.

    No denying that at least the whole squad are chipping in, but Valencia are far from the side of the past few seasons.

Villarreal: 52 Goals

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    Giovani Dos Santos can add to his total against his old employers this weekend.
    Giovani Dos Santos can add to his total against his old employers this weekend.Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

    The Yellow Submarine continue to entertain down at El Madrigal, where only three losses has evened out their poor away form, per WhoScored.com.

    Giovani Dos Santos and Jeremy Perbert have 10 goals each, with the former no doubt looking to increase his contribution against his former employers, Barcelona, on Sunday.

    Both remain just one behind top scorer Ikechukwu Uche.

    Another loss at Malaga last Monday stopped Villarreal from leapfrogging Real Sociedad, a team who they play on the last day of the season in what could be a crucial match for European qualification.

     

Real Sociedad: 58 Goals

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    Not too much doubt how important Carlos Vela and Antoine Griezmann are to Real Sociedad.
    Not too much doubt how important Carlos Vela and Antoine Griezmann are to Real Sociedad.Jon Super

    Antoine Griezmann and Carlos Vela have lit up Real Sociedad's charge for Europe once again this season.

    It's no real surprise to those who watch them week-in and week-out—their partnership is almost telepathic at times, as this video highlights.

    The Frenchman leads the way with 16 of his side's La Liga total followed by the Mexican on 13. Exactly half of all goals scored.

    Most of their goals have come at the Anoeta, where La Real have lost on only three occasions.

Athletic Bilbao: 59 Goals

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    The new San Mames has been a fortress for Athletic Bilbao.
    The new San Mames has been a fortress for Athletic Bilbao.Alvaro Barrientos

    Aritz Aduriz has been pivotal to Athletic Bilbao's season. He's scored 15 goals, including a fine strike against Barcelona last time out, which sees him out on his own as top goalscorer for the Basques.

    Ibai Gomez is next most prolific with eight and despite being 35 goals worse off than the two teams directly above them, Bilbao remain in fourth by virtue of their tremendous work-ethic and refusal to lie down in any game.

    Out of their total number of goals, 15 were scored in three of the first four games of the new year, per WhoScored.com, and their good form continues with only three losses since then.

    A strong finish to the season is a must with Sevilla breathing down their necks and ready to snatch the fourth Champions League spot.

Sevilla: 65 Goals

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    Three players have scored almost two-thirds of Sevilla's goals.
    Three players have scored almost two-thirds of Sevilla's goals.Miguel Angel Morenatti

    Following their loss to Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao remain just three points ahead of a chasing Sevilla side full of momentum.

    Unai Emery's team have won nine of their last 10 per WhoScored.com and are hanging right on the coat-tails of the Basques.

    The Andalusians travel to the new San Mames in the very next game, and in their current form, we could see both teams tied on 62 points come the end of proceedings.

    Carlos Bacca has been sensational and is top scorer with 14 goals. Fellow striker Kevin Gameiro has 12, but perhaps hats should be doffed in Ivan Rakitic's direction.

    The hard-working captain has again been tireless in his application and has also contributed a magnificent 12 from midfield.

Atletico Madrid: 74 Goals

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    Diego Costa and David Villa have been in sensational form for the La Liga leaders.
    Diego Costa and David Villa have been in sensational form for the La Liga leaders.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    What a job Diego Simeone continues to do at Atletico Madrid, where we can be assured of a dogged performance from his charges in each and every game.

    Rarely has there been a team so in-tune with their manager, who will often be seen whipping the crowd into a frenzy on the sidelines.

    Seventy-four goals is a reasonable return, and the Rojiblancos still top La Liga despite being a full 20 goals behind both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    It speaks volumes for the fighting spirit of the mattress makers that they have managed to grind out so many results across the season.

    In Diego Costa, Simeone possesses one of Europe's most in-form marksmen, and the pairing of Costa and David Villa has produced a handsome 40 goals.

    Greatness awaits.

Barcelona: 94 Goals

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    Barcelona are just a handful of goals away from scoring over 100 league goals for the seventh successive season.
    Barcelona are just a handful of goals away from scoring over 100 league goals for the seventh successive season.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

    In a season that has turned into something of a disaster for Barcelona, they still remain in with a shout of retaining La Liga, albeit with slim hopes.

    That there is still a vested interest is due in no small part to Lionel Messi. Who else?! 

    You run out of superlatives to describe the Argentine. Even taking into account that he missed almost two months of the season with injury, he has still scored 25 goals—only three shy of Cristiano Ronaldo's total.

    Alexis Sanchez with 17, Pedro Rodriguez's 15 and Neymar's nine have all gone some way to a total that is in keeping with Barca's attacking excellence over the years.

    Just six more are required for them to hit a century of league goals for the third season running.

Real Madrid: 94 Goals

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    Gareth Bale has been an instant success in Madrid.
    Gareth Bale has been an instant success in Madrid.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Gareth Bale's addition to a front line replete with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema has worked wonders for Real Madrid. The threat from all three all season has been genuine and significant.

    Despite two losses to their arch-rivals, Los Blancos have been in superb form throughout, and the goals just keep on coming.

    The front three alone have contributed 59 of their goals, and there isn't a better attacking trio in European football at present.

    With five league games to go, we could see the goals-for total rise quite considerably, although the La Liga record of 121 goals set by the all whites in the 2011-12 season will remain intact for now.