Didier Drogba braces himself for an emotional return to Stamford Bridge as his Galatasaray side look to end Chelsea’s interest in the Champions League.
The Ivorian powerhouse is in town on business for the first time since leaving the Blues in 2012 and to the delight of every cliché-loving commentator/journalist the world over, he’s going to cause his former employers all sorts of bother.
Backing Drogba to notch the first goal in this last-16 second leg rewards at a princely rate of 9/1, but with bwin’s prestigious double-triple money offer those brave enough to wager the Shed End legend will bulldoze Jose Mourinho’s dreams of hoisting Ol’ Big Ears for a third time can trouser a far weightier prize.
The promotion works in wondrous ways; simply make your first or any time goalscorer selection and, if your runner does the business, the firm will double, maybe even triple his initial odds should he finish the game with two or three marks on the scoresheet.
Should Gala let the Drog out and he notches a media love-in inducing hat-trick, those who bet on him to score the first of the contest will get paid out at a mouth watering 27/1.
Of his ten strikes for Roberto Mancini’s men this term, just two have been the deadlock breaker, but a further four have been Gala’s first of the match.
He’s also got previous of bagging against outfits masterminded by the Special One, scoring what proved to be the winner in the Turkish champions’ second-leg win-on-the-night against Real Madrid in the quarters of this competition last term.
A Stamford Bridge goal-getting legend, the 36-year-old has been the first to hassle the Chelsea scoreboard operator many a time in his Blues career.
Of the 13 he plundered in his final season with the club, eight came at the Bridge and, impressively, five of these were the first to sully the laundry of the opposition goalkeeper.
Should he rediscover this form upon his return, punters need look no further than Drogba for a monster Champions League pay day.