The La Liga season has started at a blistering pace, and this season promises to be one of the most intriguing in recent years. Real Madrid have begun transforming their side and have added top-quality players such as Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard, while Atletico Madrid have sold a few of their top stars and replaced them with an exciting blend of experience and youth. Meanwhile, Barcelona will remain a threat with Antoine Griezmann joining Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Camp Nou.

The bookmakers have been unable to separate the three so far this season, but punters can check these top 10 betting sites for the best possible odds on the winners competing for the title. This will ensure that punters can maximise their returns on all bets on La Liga this season. However, there have been some unlikely stars during this campaign, who could have a significant impact on the final results of the title.

Marc Roca

It has been an excellent 12 months for the Espanyol midfielder, and he is now the first name on the team sheet for the Spanish. He played a crucial part last season that helped the club achieve their goal of Europa League football. During the summer, he showcased his talent in the U21 European Championships, and his performances caught the eye as Spain won the tournament.

He plays with a much older head than his age would suggest. He transitions the game excellently and has added goals to his game, in addition, he is able to control the game and dictate the pace that Espanyol plays at. He was widely expected to leave the club in the summer with Manchester City looking at the Spaniard before they made their record-breaking move for Rodri. If he sustains these performances, then it would seem he would be set for a big move in 2020.

Martin Odegaard

The Norwegian wonder-kid has been around for a while now, but this season we are already beginning to see the very best of the Real Sociedad man. He spent the previous season only in the Netherlands with Vitesse, but he will be expected to have a significant impact with Sociedad this season. During his time in the Netherlands, he scored eleven goals and made 12 assists in 39 appearances.

It would seem that a strong campaign would open up a first-team opportunity with Real Madrid next season. He has been deployed in a deeper role this season, and he is already flourishing by scoring twice in his nine appearances. He has also added two assists and seems to feel at home in the exciting Sociedad that could surprise a lot this season. They would be potential dark horses for a Champions League finish.

Borja Iglesias

Real Betis lost their top scorer in the summer when Giovani Lo Celso moved on to Tottenham Hotspur. However, in Borja Iglesias, they could have found the perfect replacement. He has excelled over the past three seasons and scored 61 times during his spell in the third tier with Celta Vigo’s B team. He was incredible when making the plunge into the top-flight with Espanyol. His 17 goals were crucial in guiding the team to the Europa League group stages.

It will certainly be a different challenge at Betis, but Iglesias has all the abilities to flourish at his new club. His clinical ability in front of goal could ensure that the £25 million spent bringing him to the club could be the best piece of business done in La Liga over the summer.