Betting Special: Gareth Bale terrific value to be La Liga's top scorer

Our La Liga expert Phil Kitromilides is excited by the price of 40/1 for the Welshman to top the Spanish scoring charts and explains why an each way bet is a shrewd investment
Over the course of the last five seasons this market has been dominated by two players, the same two players that lead the betting once more this year, the same two players who are widely regarded as the world's best; Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Bet365 price the Real Madrid man as the odds-on favorite to repeat his success of the previous campaign and finish as the Primera Division's leading scorer, offering the Portuguese forward at 8/11 (1.72).

There are many reasons why he is ahead of Messi, who is priced at 11/8 (2.32), one of them to consider being that Barcelona have altered their forward line in bringing in Luis Suarez, with his arrival being an unknown quantity in the Catalan attack.

Top La Liga Goalscorer 2014/15

Odds from bet365
Cristiano Ronaldo 8/11
Lionel Messi 11/8
Luis Suarez 10/1
Mario Mandzukic 25/1
Neymar 33/1
Gareth Bale 40/1
The Uruguayan, who is next in the betting at 10/1 (11.00), will certainly score goals but it remains to be seen whether or not that will be to the detriment of Messi's total.

Madrid meanwhile have reinforced in midfield but upfront will stick to the BBC (Bale, Benzema, Cristiano) a combination which worked wonderfully last season.

Messi also suffered with more injuries last season than Ronaldo, but it is of course impossible to dismiss him, particularly as the opening weeks of the season should see him overtake Telmo Zarra and become La Liga's all time leading goal scorer.

The arrival of Suarez will no doubt have an effect on the duopoly of this market, but perhaps not this season as he is set to miss around eight matches through suspension which will leave him with an almost insurmountable deficit given the level at which Ronaldo and Messi have scored in season's gone by.

Elsewhere in the betting champions Atletico have replaced Diego Costa with Mario Mandzukic with bet365 top priced on the former Bayern Munich striker at 25/1 (26.00) in this market.

Meanwhile Karim Benzema is offered at the same odds, while Barcelona's Neymar can be backed to improve on an average first season at 33/1 (34.00).

The most eye-catching bet however appears to be the price of 40/1 (41.00) for Gareth Bale to be top scorer, which seems to offer exceptional value.

The Welshman had an excellent first season in Spain, scoring title-winning goals and providing a healthy number of assists, all while acclimatising to a new country and having not enjoyed a pre-season.

This year he looked ferocious on the tour of the USA and is in prime physical condition. Mentally he seems at ease and comfortable within the team, which all points towards an ever better season for the Cardiff Express. While he does not take penalties, he does take free kicks from the right hand side of the penalty area and remains a constant and potent goal threat.

Bet365 offer an each way market on La Liga top goalscorer and the price of 40/1 (41.00) for Bale looks too good to miss.

Gareth Bale to be top La Liga goalscorer at 40/1 (10.0) for a 1pt each way stake with bet365

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