Sky Sports’ Gary Neville may have likened Andre Schurrle to a bunny in the beams of oncoming traffic after his innocuous showing against Paris Saint-Germain, but there’s every reason to believe the winger will find himself back among the goals against Stoke if played on the right.
The German international can backed to score at any time against the Potters for the third time in three meetings at 8/5.
It’s a price made all the more attractive thanks to the masochistic layers at bwin, who have flagged up the club’s Stamford Bridge tussle for Double and Treble money status.
The fabled offer means punters will double or treble their profits if, having backed the multi-goal-prone 23-year-old to score, he goes on to net twice or three times during proceedings.
He may have bombed in midweek, neither taking a shot nor winning one aerial duel, yet extensive research has revealed he has never pretended to be Darius Henderson.
Then again the former Reading, Brighton, Gillingham, Swindon, Watford, Sheffield United and Millwall hard man (currently of Nottingham Forest) is probably not much of a winger.
Schurrle has netted six times in as many games when started in right attacking-midfield across Premier League and Champions League competition this term.
Willian, by way of contrast has netted just twice in 21 appearances for Jose Mourinho.
Bwin punters are advised to keep their ears to their transistors for the team news ahead of the Blues’ lunchtime showdown, even if it means annoying their mothers/fathers, wives/husbands/civil partners or girlfriends/boyfriends/plutonic life partners.
If Schurrle plays on the right, the gamble is on and his tendency to land punches in bunches means those who play on the Die Mannschaft star could be getting very lucky indeed.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man has found the net in six separate games this season, yet he has produced 11 goals in total thanks to two hat-tricks and a brace.
On all three occasions he struck more than once Schurrle was stationed on the right flank.