Meet the potential Sevilla Europa League hero facilitating Chelsea’s Costa move
It’s double/treble money first-scorer time again at bwin for the Europa League final between Sevilla and Benfica, with plenty of goal-getters hoping to cap cracking campaigns by landing the continent’s consolation competition.
If your first-goalscorer pick lands and goes on to grab one or two more during normal time, bwin will double or treble the winning-bet odds, which makes punting on the opener in Turin a potentially lucrative prospect.
Nobody should be put off Benfica’s former Bolton loanee Rodrigo Moreno at 5/1 in this market, as the 23-year-old has struck 19 times in all competitions and notched eight in his side’s last 11 fixtures.
However, with Spain’s four winners dominant in Europa League/UEFA Cup finals over the past decade Sevilla’s chances of landing this trophy for the third time in nine seasons – at price-boosted win odds of 23/10 – seem strong.
Therefore, a root around Los Palanganas coach Unai Emery’s striking ranks must be the order of the day and three of that contingent in particular have caught the eye in 2013/14.
Croatian attacking-midfielder Ivan Rakitic struck seven times during a nine-game spell earlier this season, which included two braces, but with the 26-year-old only managing six in 34 matches since, his 8/1 odds are easily swerved.
France forward Kevin Gameiro has to be respected at 11/2 after scoring 15 La Liga goals so far this term and five more in this competition.
With 13 of that tally coming in his last 20 appearances – which include three doubles – he is Sevilla’s man-in-form, but only two of those strikes were openers and Emery cannot be relied on to pick Gameiro from the off.
Colombian forward Carlos Bacca, on the other hand, has started his side’s last six Europa League matches and bagged in each of the previous three rounds against Valencia, Porto and Real Betis.
The 27-year-old scored 14 goals in his debut La Liga season, which has seen Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone line him up to replace Chelsea-bound hotshot Diego Costa.
His compatriot Radamel Falcao notched openers in two of the past three finals, doubling up in 2012 when Atleti saw of Athletic Bilbao, so Bacca gets our nod at 11/2 to emulate his Coffee-Grower colleague here.