It’s crunch time in the Champions League as some of the biggest names on the continent look to secure their places in the last 16. There are issues to settle in almost every group and it is reasonable to expect goals aplenty as teams go for broke in the quest to prolong their European adventures.
Read on to see why three players in particular stand out as potential goalscorers tonight and then back them with your free £25 bet for joining bwin.com to secure a potential win of £264. Not bad for a Tuesday night…
Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund) to score against Marseille @ 7/5
Dortmund need a minor miracle to qualify – a four-goal win over Marseille and an Arsenal triumph against Olympiacos – but expect them to go all out for the win and front-man Robert Lewandowski will be their central figure once again.
So far this season he has scored ten goals in 15 Bundesliga matches and once in five Champions League games – he will be the German side’s biggest goal threat as he leads the line against the French side at the Westfalenstadion. With playmaker Mario Gotze supplying ample ammunition for the Polish striker, he’s worth backing to score anytime at odds of 7/5.
Hulk (Porto) to score against Zenit @ Evens
Brazilian striker Hulk is central to most things Porto do this season following the departure of his former partner in crime, Radamel Falcao, to Atletico Madrid during the summer.
Hulk has bagged four goals in five Champions League matches thus far and Porto will have to go all out for a win if they are to leapfrog the Russians and qualify.
Home advantage should see them go well and Hulk will surely make it six from six. He has scored ten goals in 16 matches in all competitions and he can add to that tally here.
Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea) to score against Valencia @ 6/5
Chelsea need a win against Valencia to be sure of qualification and Daniel Sturridge’s goal and excellent performance at Newcastle on Saturday should ensure him a starting berth up front.
That strike was his seventh of the season and he looks Chelsea’s premier goal threat as father time continues to catch up with Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres’ troubles show no sign of abating.
Sturridge’s pace will worry the Valencia back line and he should find the net at Stamford Bridge. Although he has only started one Champions League game so far this season, he will surely feature in such a crunch match for the Blues and will be determined to start making his mark at this level.
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