Five fantastic new Champions League scorer shouts for group openers
The Champions League is back to brighten Coral customers’ midweek evenings once again, as the group phase kicks-off this prestigious competition proper.
With so many exciting summer transfers and new talents on the block, we bring punters five superb scorer shouts worth a wager that you might want to watch out for…
Yet the dazzling Dutch winger has never been able to show off his skills in the business stages of this competition before, but could aptly now make a dangerous full debut against former club PSV Eindhoven, where he is a fantastic 13/2 to net first.
The Eredivisie champions can’t have been expecting to face their potent prodigy so soon after selling him in summer, and are unlikely to have an answer for the attacker they know so well, making Memphis a sensational shout.
Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Plucked from Palermo by Juve, Dybala has so far lived up to his billing as the potential poaching replacement for Carlos Tevez, having hit two in three for the Turin team. This ingenious Argentine is something special and now has a further chance to prove his credentials in the most lauded continental cup.
Manchester City were supposedly also in for the striker, so back dangerous Dybala at 7/1 to strike the first blow and show the Mancunians what they are missing, especially with compatriot Sergio Aguero coming off injured at the weekend.
As a La Masia graduate, Roma’s on-loan wingman Falque has more reason than most to impress as, since his single outing for Barca B, he has gone on to become a credible flank threat, notching 13 last term for Genoa.
Rafinha Alcantara (Barcelona)
Another La Masia-reared talent features here, as Barca’s latest South American starlet looks set to be thrust onto the big stage. Following reliable impact player Pedro Rodriguez’s summer sale to Chelsea, Rafinha is now understudy to the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and compatriot Neymar.
Brother of Bayern Munich midfielder and Spain-capped schemer Thiago, Rafinha has recently made his Brazil bow and is now establishing himself as part of the Catalan giants’ supporting cast. Scoring on his second Samba Boys cap, he hinted at a nose for goal in Barca B, proved he had it during a loan spell with Celta Vigo and must show that at the Nou Camp now.
Luciano Vietto (Atletico Madrid)
Having recently swapped from Villarreal to Atletico, vibrant Vietto, who hit 20 for the Yellow Submarine last season, is yet to make his bow. Argentine tactician Diego Simeone appears to be waiting for the right time to give his younger compatriot a crack, could that be as Atleti travel all the way to Turkey to tackle Galatasaray?
Vietto’s movement and instinctive finishing could make him one of the deals of the off-season but, at the moment, the striking starlet (5/1 to score last) is a better bet to get on the scoresheet away from Spain and in the cups.