Gareth Bale begins his Real Madrid career with an away tie at Villarreal and the 2/1 on the new world record signing scoring his first La Liga goal at Estadio El Madrigal is a bet not to be missed.
Getafe, who visit the Bernabeu the week after, are the favourites at 7/4 to be on the receiving end of Bale’s first domestic strike, followed by Elche at 4/1. Any other team is priced up at 3/1.
However, after a summer of pent-up frustration the former Tottenham man will be raring to go on Spain’s Mediterranean coast and the Yellow Submarine looks to be in the firing line.
Like Madrid, Villarreal have started La Liga with three wins out of three, but the quality of opposition they have faced so far has been questionable.
An away win at fellow promoted side Almeria and victories against Valladolid and Osasuna, who finished 14th and 16th last season, will not have prepared them for Los Blancos’ new £85m man.
Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side have been leaking a few goals too, going behind twice to Almeria in their season opener.
They also conceded early at home to Valladolid before another former Spurs man, Giovani Dos Santos, converted the equalising penalty that set them up for a 2-1 win.
Bale had no problems asserting himself on the road last season, when 13 of his 21 league goals came away from home including a hat-trick at Aston Villa and an important brace against West Ham.
Madrid have won three of the last four league meetings between the sides by an aggregate score of 11-4 and will be desperate for their much-trumpeted marquee signing to get off the mark at the first attempt.
With former Spurs teammate Luka Modric – who has laid on six league assists in each of the last two seasons – and new £24m signing Isco providing the bullets from midfield, the super-quick Welshman can be confident of hitting the ground running at his new club.