I was taking a look at the latest football odds last night when I happened to stumble upon some value in the Champions League top goal scorer market. The competition's top scorer is Christiano Ronaldo, he is on four goals. The chasing pack are made up of a few players on three goals and lot's two goals. Ronaldo is a very short price (9/4 in some places), especially when you consider he's out injured. He has an ankle problem he picked up earlier in the competition. From what I read about the injury a few days ago it's not looking good for him. He has missed Real Madrid's last seven games and is expected to be out for another three weeks. He is set to miss at least one more Champions League game. Real Madrid aren't certainties to qualify for the knockout stage either especially if they fail to win at home to FC Zurich in their next game. The chasing pack of goal scorers is where the value lays. There is one stand out player that has scored two goals so far and another that looks good value who has three.
Didier Drogba is 14/1 with Totesport , he is the stand out player and is actually as short as 8/1 elsewhere, he is 9.4 with Betfair. He missed the first three games of the competition this season due to a ban he received for his conduct in the Semi-final last season. He played his first game of the competition this week and scored twice away at Athletico Madrid. Drogba is the second favorite to finish top goal scorer in the Premier League at a relatively short price (Generally 3/1), he is almost the same price as the favorite in that market Fernando Torres. Drogba has scored 12 times in all competitions this season whilst Torres has only managed 10. The interesting thing about the Champions League top goal scorer is that compared to the Premier League where all the teams play the same amount of games, in the Champions League the most successful teams play the most games. Chelsea were very unfortunate to get knocked out against Barcelona last season in the Semi-final and they are currently joint favorites with Barcelona to win the competition this season. I expect they will at least make the Semi-final of this season's competition, they are clear at the top of the Premier League. Drogba looks set to continue in the same rich vein he's started the season in, having a ratio of two goals per game in the Champions League this season makes him the competitions joint most prolific scorer in terms of goals per games. He holds that title jointly with the injured Ronaldo. Chelsea will visit Porto in their next game in the competition and it's likely Drogba will be the favorite to score, there next game see's Apoel Nicosia visit Stamford Bridge and again Drogba should be the favorite. Drogba has bagged 36 goals in his last 42 games for club and country. There looks to be value on backing Drogba with view to laying him later on in the competition.
The best English sides tend to frequent the final stages of the Champions League. Arsenal sit second in the Premier League. They have the Champions League's joint second top goal scorer in Cesc Fabregas, he is only one goal behind Ronaldo having scored three goals already. Fabregas is 40/1 with Coral to be the competitions top goal scorer. Arsenal are in amazing form right now and Fabregas is the clubs top goal scorer this season having managed nine in all competitions, that is only one goal behind Torres. Arsenal face easy opposition in their next Champions League game, Standard Liege visit the Emirates. Fabregas will most likely be one of the favorites to score in that game. There looks to be value on backing Fabregas with view to laying him later on in the competition.
Bookmakers offer Each Way terms of 1/4 of the odds on the top four goal scorers. If you backed Drogba Each Way at 14/1 and he finished 2nd, 3rd of 4th then you would still get back 5/4 on your total stake. Backing Fabregas Each Way at 40/1 and him placing in the top four would yield a return of 9/2 on your total stake.