Hitman Treble: Costa, Ibrahimovic and Lewandowski feature
With over 500 career goals between them, there are few deadlier hitmen in the world than Diego Costa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski.
As they prepare to lead the line for their respective teams, Ladbrokes are offering the very tempting price of 7/1 that they all get on the scoresheet tonight.
Here’s why the bet looks a great one to take.
Someone should probably remind Costa that foreign imports are supposed to take time to get used to the style of the Premier League.
The Spanish international has continued where he left off at Atlético and has fired a stunning seven goals from four appearances for Chelsea.
A strong relationship with Cesc Fabregas has seen the pair combine well so far, and it’s hard not to fancy the striker netting a fifth Champions League goal in seven appearances at Stamford Bridge.
Like Costa, Ibrahimovic has begun his domestic campaign in fine fettle. Despite missing an open net and having a penalty saved, the Swede has still found the time to score five in four games for the Parisiens.
He found the back of the net six times in the Group stage of the competition last season so clearly comes alive in these early rounds.
The dangerous striker will be on the look-out for goals against an Ajax side that haven’t kept a competitive clean sheet since April.
The star man in a Borussia Dortmund side that almost went all the way in 2012/13, Lewandowski has clear pedigree in the tournament, having scored 17 Champions League goals in 27 appearances.
He got off the mark at the second attempt since his switch to Bayern Munich against Schalke at the end of August, and comes into this with his eye well and truly in, having racked up four goals for Poland recently, albeit against Gibraltar.
With competition for the striker berths at Der FCB fierce, the Pole will be keen to transfer his European form for Dortmund to Bavaria.
All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing