Former Liverpool hero Luis Suarez is in the process of throwing down an eleventh hour bid to be Champions League top goalscorer.
Not one, but two nutmegs of the utmost impudence played their parts in his latest brace against Paris Saint-Germain, taking his tally in the competition to six, four of which have come in the last three games.
Only Luiz Adriano (9), Cristiano Ronaldo (8) and teammate Lionel Messi (8) have more goals to their name as things stand.
The leading marksman’s Shakhtar Donetsk have departed the competition, while his two closest pursuers are priced up at 5/4 and 13/10 for the gong respectively.
Next comes a sextet of scorers on six strikes, of which Suarez is one, as are Karim Benzema, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Edinson Cavani and Jackson Martinez.
The Uruguayan is shortest amongst them in the betting at odds of 11/1 that seem generous given his recent form.
Earlier in the campaign he had been struggling for goals, hitting just five in his first 17 games for Los Blaugrana.
However, he’s now struck 11 times in his last 11 outings for the club, an impressive turnaround that was nonetheless unlikely to have caught truth seekers who read James Middleton’s January piece on news.bwin.com unawares.
During the same timeframe Messi has struck eight goals, failing to net in three consecutive Champions League ties.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has outscored Suarez by one, but five of those efforts came in one bullying exercise against miserable Granada.
The man from Madeira drew a blank in his last Champions League outing against Atletico Madrid and is far from guaranteed to add to his tally in the return leg, with the contest against one of Europe’s best defensive sides finely poised.
Suarez, on the other hand, has struck three times in two games against the Parisians and can be expected to swell his tally with Laurent Blanc’s side having little choice but to commit to attack at the Camp Nou in the second leg.
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