Our man in Madrid Phil Kitromilides feels the Welshman's fine recent form will culminate in his first goal against Barcelona
There can be a strong argument made for backing either of them to get on the scoresheet, with Ronaldo offered at 8/11 (1.72) to net at anytime and Messi available at an eye-catching 10/11 (1.91) to score.
Yet there are other tempting options to be had in the market and with so many players of such high quality on display, goals can come from anywhere. Karim Benzema is enjoying his best season for Real Madrid and should almost certainly have recovered from a slight knock to start.
He is offered at 6/4 (2.50) to score at anytime, which could be worthy of consideration. Likewise for Barca, Alexis Sanchez has been in magnificent scoring form, with the Chilean netting 17 times in La Liga this season -
including the winner when the two sides met at Camp Nou in October.
He can be taken at 9/4 (3.25) to score again, a price which will surely attract some attention - although his place in the starting line-up is not necessarily guaranteed.
Instead, the price of 2/1 (3.00) for Gareth Bale to net at anytime looks like being a great option for a value bet.
The Welshman has been in flying form over the last few weeks, scoring, assisting and generally looking at the very top of his game. He has formed a formidable partenership with Benzema and Ronaldo and could prove to be a wise investment in the goalscorers market.
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid