Ladbrokes ‘go large’ on Dzeko and Rooney’s Champions League odds

Ladbrokes are at it again folks, they’ve hit the big red boost button on Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney to break the deadlock in their respective Champions League ties on matchday five.

Edin Dzeko to score first v Plzen, out from 4/1 to 9/2

Given the success of Manuel Pellegrini’s preferred Premier League strike pairing of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo, Bosnian Dzeko has had to play a patient game at the Etihad again this season.

Nevertheless, Dzeko continues to do the business when called upon, even if that’s off the bench, as he’s notched six in 12 City appearances in all competitions so far this season and looks certain to be handed a third Champions League start of the group stages here.

Not only has the target man scored two in his last three appearances for the Citizens, but he was also the first name on the scoresheet in the return fixture in Plzen.

That strike was one of three times the centre-forward has opened the scoring in a match this season, so backing him at 9/2 to do it again should certainly be snapped up.

Wayne Rooney to score first v Leverkusen, out from 6/1 to 8/1

A fired-up Rooney is exactly what is needed according to David Moyes and if his great early-season form continues, it might be worth the Scotsman poking him with a stick a bit more often.

Having already notched 10 goals for club and country since the new season began; Rooney is certainly one man at Old Trafford who is thriving in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

The number 10 has revelled in his preferred role just off the main striker and Leverkusen have already found out firsthand the damage he can do, as he not only opened the scoring in that 4-2 win on matchday one, but also added another later in the game.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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