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Bale will be back among the goals against Sociedad

| 08.11.2013

Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Juventus in the Champions League thrilled fans and pundits alike for any number of reasons, though the goalscoring performance of Gareth Bale is likely to have been chief among them.

Despite scoring on his debut for Los Blancos, there had been some concerns that the Welshman was struggling to adapt to the demands of the Spanish top-flight, following a less-than-spectacular showing in El Clasico.

But any fears over his ability to cope have disappeared in the past fortnight, with a fully-fit Bale putting in a series of impressive displays that have been capped by similarly eye-catching goals.

Heading into this weekend’s home encounter with Real Sociedad, the 25-year-old is in very good shape having found the back of the net in each of his last three competitive games for Los Merengues, including a superb strike against Juve.

Bale can be backed a 4/1 to open the scoring come Saturday while an anytime strike is priced at 4/5  and given the visitors recent record in Madrid, there’s every reason to think he could even add a few more than that to his tally.

The Basque club have shipped four or more goals on each of their last three visits to the Bernabeu and after witnessing the 7-3 mauling Sevilla suffered on their recent trip to the Spanish capital, they will be fearful of history repeating itself.

Bale grabbed a brace of goals that day, but could go one better next time out, with odds of 16/1 on offer for those willing to back the Welsh wonder for a hat-trick.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, look certain to rain goals down on Sociedad having notched up an incredible 12 over their last three competitive fixtures.

With a Los Blancos win with over 3.5 goals scored backed at 4/5 with Ladbrokes, it could be an afternoon of smiles all round in Spain, England and especially in Wales.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.