Back this striking quartet to net in Europa League tonight

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The European action continues apace this evening as the Europa League group stage gets going.

There’s no shortage of lethal strikers – and the odd ropey defence – involved tonight, so we’ve picked out the four men to back for goalscoring glory as continental battle commences.

Tal Ben Haim II Maccabi Tel Aviv v Zenit St Petersburg

One of two Tal Ben Haims’ in the Maccabi side, this one is the number 11 and tricky wing wizard, as opposed to the ageless former Chelsea defender. And following three goals in as many games in the Israeli top flight, he heads into this game in sparkling form.

He’s also no stranger to making an impact on the big stage, with his combination of impressive acceleration and ice-cool finishing against Pandurii Targu-Jiu in the third round of qualifying Ben Haim’s sixth goal in Europe since joining the club in 2013.

Best Bet: Ben Haim II to score anytime @ 23/10

Davy Klaassen – Panathinaikos v Ajax

Just the eight goals in nine games for the hugely talented Ajax man so far this season, including four in his last three European games, as the Dutch side fell at the final hurdle in Champions League qualifying.

With their hosts tonight having won just two of their last six home games in this competition, another goal from the attacking midfielder is surely worth a flutter, especially at the price of 14/5.

Best Bet: Klaassen to score anytime @ 14/5

Mario Balotelli – Nice v Schalke 04

He’s back! The firework toting, parking-fine accumulating, coach-infuriating striker is finally doing his talking on the pitch again, and Marseille were on the receiving end of Super Mario’s wrath as he netted twice on his Nice debut to secure victory.

That performance is sure to have left Schalke’s defence with more than a few nerves, especially as the Italian hitman has enjoyed victory in the last 12 games he’s played.

Perhaps most interestingly, in two of the last four games he’s found the net, Balotelli has scored first, and his team have won 3-2. Could history repeat itself?

Best Bet: Balotelli to score first and Nice to win 3-2 @ 100/1

Dirk Kuyt – Feyenoord v Manchester United

Red Devils fans have long since been sick of the sight of Dirk Kuyt, who netted four times against them during his Liverpool days. And the Dutch winger is enjoying a real Indian summer at Feyenoord, having netted 26 times since returning to De Kuip last summer.

With United’s defence having been exposed by Manchester City’s class at the weekend, the intelligent winger could well have a field day. And having netted twice or more in four games for the Rotterdam outfit, he’s worth backing for a multiple-goal haul here.

Best Bet: Kuyt to score two or more @ 14/1

 

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.