Not too many examples instantly spring to mind of defenders scoring more than once in a game, especially in important fixtures.
Sergio Ramos’ brace was obviously important in helping Real Madrid reach the final of this season’s Champions League, while Martin Skrtel was on target twice when Liverpool beat then-title challengers Arsenal back in February.
Rewind back to the maiden Premier League campaign and Steve Bruce was also responsible for two late goals against Sheffield Wednesday that sent Manchester United top with just five fixtures remaining, a position they never relinquished.
With Chelsea’s second leg against Atletico Madrid expected to be tight, set pieces may well hold the key to goals and so siding with defenders could prove a profitable strategy when looking to uncover a first or anytime goalscorer.
Chelsea will provide a big aerial threat at Stamford Bridge, with Gary Cahill and John Terry no strangers to goals from central defence, while regular defender David Luiz is set to feature in midfield.
However, it is Branislav Ivanovic that holds the most appeal and 22/1 looks a fairly generous price that he opens the scoring and these odds will be even more lucrative if like Ramos, he then goes on to net again.
Thanks to bwin’s double/triple money offer, first goalscorer odds are doubled if a chosen player strikes twice and trebled if they help themselves to a hat-trick.
Ivanovic’s goal returns have been slightly lacking this term, troubling the scorers on only three occasions, compared to 19 across the last three campaigns.
Nonetheless, his return for this season is still more than any of his defensive comrades at Chelsea.
Also in the last three seasons, the Serbian has scored at least one European goal and been responsible for doubles against both Aston Villa and Spartak Moscow, the second of which came at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League.