The word on the streets of Spain’s capital is that Real Madrid’s world record £85m signing will be on the bench away to Villarreal and at 5/1 to score the last goal of the match, Gareth Bale has to backed.
His new employers are 11/20 for the win at Villarreal’s El Madrigal stadium, with the Mediterranean coast club hard to fancy at 17/4 and the draw priced up at 13/4.
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So if you’re on Bale to score last and he and his teammates let you down, you’ll be able to have another go in the next match free of charge.
Considering his tendency to close out the scoring in the second half of last season at old club Tottenham this may be one of the few chances to get a decent price about the Welsh winger in this market.
Bale scored the last goal in eight of the 18 Premier League games he appeared in after Christmas last term.
Luis Figo and Brazil’s Ronaldo both won the Ballon d’Or after big-money moves to the Bernabeu and Bale is a tempting price at 7/1 to follow their lead before 2016.
However, with such a wealth of attacking options available to Carlo Ancelotti make sure you’ve seen the teamsheet before lumping on the former Spurs star in the first goalscorer stakes here.
Los Blancos have not started games particularly quickly so far this season, with Karim Benzema’s tenth-minute strike at Granada the only goal they’ve scored within the first 25 minutes of any match, although the French international has broken the deadlock in two of Madrid’s three La Liga games.
Midfielder Isco has struck three times in his first three league games after signing from Malaga during the summer and with Benzema, Angel di Maria and – of course – Cristiano Ronaldo unlikely to relinquish their starting places without a strop, Madrid’s Italian manager faces a selection quandary this season.