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Bale unlikely to break 15-goal barrier when signing for Real Madrid

| 23.08.2013

Given that Real Madrid have scored over 100 goals in each of the last four La Liga seasons, there is a case to argue that Gareth Bale will step up on the 21 times he found the target for Tottenham in the last campaign.

Those believing that playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and co will bring a notable goal return can back Bale at 10/11 to score over 14.5 La Liga goals in the current season, assuming of course that he does complete his move to Real Madrid.

However, it may pay to take the alternate approach and accept the 10/11 that Bale scores no more than 14 La Liga goals.

Although he scored 21 Premier League goals last season, Bale’s conversion rate was a fairly lowly 13 per cent. With the team geared to get the best from him, he was encouraged to adopt an almost shoot-on-site policy and this may change in Spain.

Even though he could move for a world record fee, Bale will be encouraged to be more team orientated at the Bernabeu, where he is also likely to be more greatly rotated and may not as frequently be utilised in the central play-making position.

Furthermore, Carlo Ancelotti may not be as attack-minded as previous Real Madrid managers and in his last two complete seasons at Chelsea and PSG, his team have not ended a season with more than 70 goals.

Therefore, there is a strong possibility that Real Madrid will not enjoy the same aptitude in front of goal as in previous seasons, which will obviously reduce Bale’s chances of regular goals.

Other Bale specials available include 9/4 that he spends just the single season in Spain and is back in the Premier League before the closing of next summer’s transfer window.

Meanwhile, it is 20/1 that Bale retires at Real Madrid and 9/2 he scores more than Ronaldo this season in an individual match bet.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.