With the mundane business of the Champions League first knock-out stage in the books, the real fun begins in the Europa League last-16 second legs, where it’s all about those goal scorers.
We’ve taken more than a cursory glance at the form books to put forward a quartet of very likely headline makers from those games.
Romelu Lukaku to score v Dynamo Kiev @ 21/10
You don’t have to be a top lawyer to make a case for one of the competition’s leading scorers to clock up another goal in Europe.
Only Alan of ousted club RB Salzburg with eight has scored more times than Lukaku and Everton’s match winner from the first leg only needs one more to match the Brazilian striker’s tally.
Gonzalo Higuain to score v Dynamo Moscow @ 13/8
A hat-trick for the Argentine hotshot in the first leg has placed Rafael Benitez’s men in a commanding position in this tie.
With six Europa League goals to date and a record just above a goal every two games for his club this season; Higuain is your man in Moscow.
Lior Refaelov to score v Besiktas @ 13/5
Club Brugge have surprised a few in Europe this season, carving themselves a fine opportunity to claim another notable scalp in this tie, 2-1 up from their home leg with Besiktas.
While all eyes will be on Demba Ba, Israeli international midfielder Refaelov can continue his hot streak in the competition which has seen him score six times to the better-known Senegalese’s five.
Kevin De Bruyne to score v Inter @ 11/5
The former Chelsea man has flourished since ditching Stamford Bridge for a return to the Bundesliga and his own fine form is an extension of Wolfsburg’s in general.
His first-leg brace, which looks to have taken the tie away from Inter, was added to last time out and took the attacking midfielder’s burgeoning total to 16 for club and country this season.
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