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Diego Costa, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski in fab 4/1 treble

| 17.09.2014

The names Diego Costa, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski need no introduction to Coral customers. Each one of these predatory attackers and household names in world football will be unleashed on the Champions League, as the group stage gets underway.

In celebration of the return of Europe’s elite club competition, Coral offer enhanced odds of 4/1 on all three fantastic forwards finding the net anytime. Costa, Messi and Lewandowski were all top scorers for their respective sides in the Champions League last term, though the former and latter have sought new pastures at Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

Between them, this terrific trio contributed 22 goals to the continental competition last term. Only Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and PSG talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored more individually than Costa and Messi.

Chelsea host Bundesliga club Schalke, who travel to Stamford Bridge from the German city of Gelsenkirchen; Barcelona clash with Cypriot minnows APOEL Nicosia, and Bayern battle Manchester City. The clubs Costa, Messi and Lewandowski play for are all odds-on favourites to win, largely because their names appear on the teamsheets.

If ever a bet was a no brainer, then this is it. Here are some other reasons why you should back the best strikers in Europe to grab Champions League goals.

Costa has joined Chelsea off the back of firing Atletico Madrid to their first La Liga title since 1996 and to the final of this competition last term. Since arriving at the Bridge, he has justified his £32m price tag by netting seven times in four Premier League outings, including a hat-trick last time out.

Pair that stat with the fact the Blues beat Schalke 3-0 home and away in Europe last term, with five of the six goals coming from centre forwards, and it’s easy to see why Costa is odds-on at 8/11 to score anytime.

The Gelsenkirchen club are also facing an injury crisis with captain Benedikt Howedes, Joel Matip and Felipe Santana all ruled out. It’s better to take on this treble, as the Brazilian-born Spain striker has an Argentine icon for company.

Messi has 64 goals in his last 74 Champions League matches. It’s a staggering return, and there’s little wonder he is odds-on at 2/5 to score against likely group whipping boys Nicosia. Combine Costa, Messi and the third man in this treble to get great value.

Finally, over the last two seasons Lewandowski netted 16 Champions League goals in 22 outings for Borussia Dortmund. He now has high-profile players around him at Bayern, which is why individually the prolific Pole is even-money in the Manchester City match anytime scorer market.

Lewandowski will have World Cup winners like Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller supporting him in Munich manager Pep Guardiola’s audacious and all-out attack setup, as the Bundesliga champions now play 3-4-3. This system will bring the best out of a penalty box poacher like Lewandowski, so bet now.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.