Ronaldo to end three-game goal drought against Sociedad

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Real Madrid’s lack of goals of late makes 9/4 a big price that fewer than 2.5 goals are scored in their home clash with Real Sociedad.

Only four goals have been scored in Real Madrid’s last three league games and this highlights the troubles Jose Mourinho’s team have in front of goal when Cristiano Ronaldo fails to find the target.

Ronaldo is 2/1 to open the scoring against Sociedad, who are opposition that Real Madrid are unbeaten against in their last seven meetings.

Real Madrid’s betting odds are 1/6 to beat Real Sociedad, although they have only beaten the opposition in two of their last five home games.

Sociedad are 12/1 to beat Real Madrid, while the draw, which would represent the first points dropped by the hosts at the Bernabeu this season, is priced at 13/2.

Elsewhere, Valencia have made a habit of scoring in the latter stages of their recent games, which means that the 3/10 offered on them scoring the final goal against Hercules may be worth taking.

Hercules have failed to score at all in six of their last eight games and all of their last seven on the road.

Meanwhile, they have scored fewer second-half goals than any other club in La Liga this season, while Valencia have struck in the final 15 minutes of all of their last six league games.

Value is hard to find in the betting market, with the other expected outcome being that Valencia win their fourth home game in succession at 2/5.

Hercules may have only won one of their 19 career away games with Valencia in the Spanish top flight, but are 7/1 to take the three points this season.

A £25 stake on Valencia repeating the 2-1 victory they secured over Hercules earlier in the season would return £175. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 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.