At the halfway stage of the UEFA Champions League round of 16, the Tipster returns will a special look at the strikers that could make or break their – and possibly your – team's European dreams.
With ties delicately poised across Europe, this week the Tipster takes a look at three of the players that, depending on your budget, you may wish to consider adding to your team in time for the round of 16 second legs.
If your budget allows, you should look no further than Gomez. With six goals already to his name – trailing only Lionel Messi in this season's UEFA Champions League scoring charts – Tipster believes he should be the first name on your team sheet for the remainder of the season.
As well as his impressive European record this term, the Germany striker also racked up 18 goals in his first 22 Bundesliga appearances. Bayern are in scintillating home form; unbeaten at the Fußball Arena München since November. Add to that the fact that FC Basel 1893 have leaked an average of two goals per game on their European travels this term and even with his hefty price tag, Gomez looks like good value. He is available for €9.7m.
Chelsea's iconic talisman, who scored in his side's recent 3-0 victory against Bolton Wonderers FC, has a fine European pedigree – with 42 goals in his 80 appearances to date. A runner-up in 2008, and three times semi-finalist, the 33-year-old striker will be desperate to help his side overturn a 3-1 deficit when they welcome SSC Napoli to Stamford Bridge.
Drogba will be hoping for a repeat performance of his last UEFA Champions League game at Stamford Bridge when he played a starring role, scoring twice as the Blues beat Valencia CF 3-0 to reach the knockout phase. Given the two-goal deficit, picking him in your team is a slight risk, but history shows us that he is a big-game player and they do not get much more important than this. He is available for €8.9m.
A slightly cheaper, but not necessarily lesser, option to hone your front line could be Cardozo. The 28-year-old Paraguayan international has been in potent form this season, netting 14 times in 16 domestic league games and three times in his last four UEFA Champions League appearances. Trailing FC Zenit St Petersburg 3-2 from the first leg, Benfica are likely to attack from the off. Cardozo will be confident he can help add to his side's impressive recent home form, during which they have scored 16 goals in their last four games at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Cardozo is available for €7.5m.
The next transfer deadline is 6 March at 20.30CET.
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