There is a truly global feel to this Wednesday’s Champions League anytime goalscorer treble with a Greek, a Pole and a Brazilian-cum-Spaniard backed to find the back of the net.
Georgios Samaras, Robert Lewandowski and Diego Costa all face crunch European fixtures and with odds of well over 7/1 available on each of these big hitters delivering on the biggest stage around, everyone could be celebrating come the final whistle.
After scoring against the Gunners at the Emirates, the smart money is on the Pole grabbing a goal or two again when the teams meet in Dortmund.
The 25-year-old heads into this key encounter in the best possible form, with four goals in his last three competitive games.
His record in Europe is also very impressive, with Lewandowski scoring three in the club’s last two Champions League fixtures. He was particularly prolific at the Westfalenstadion in continental competition last term, scoring seven goals in the home ties played at the German ground.
While the debate over Diego Costa’s national team preference rumbles on, the forward has continued to do what he has been doing best this season: scoring goals.
The Atleti man has scored in each of the Madrid club’s last three La Liga fixtures and after bagging a brace in the Rojiblancos’ 3-0 away win over Vienna in the Champions League there’s every reason to think his rich vein of form will continue back at the Vicente Calderon.
On paper Celtic face a tough trip to Holland to face Ajax but the reality is that the Eredivise champions have struggled for form so far this season, following a series of key departures over the summer.
A 4-0 loss to an inconsistent PSV Eindhoven highlighted the Dutch club’s issues earlier this term and Frank De Boer’s team head into the match having won just one of their last five competitive fixtures.
With the Bhoys claiming a morale-boosting win over their group rivals at Celtic Park, the stage could be set for Georgios Samaras, who scored in the Hoops’ three away games in last season’s group stage and found the net in their last fixture on the road in the league.
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