Tonight see’s the return of the Champions League proper with Manchester United and Tottenham representing the Premiership. Since the birth of the Champions League in 1992 there have been 4,992 goals scored. So realistically the 5,000th will be scored tonight or tomorrow.
United face Rangers at Old Trafford tonight in what should be a comfortable victory. There is any number of players that could get the milestone goal for United. Wayne Rooney returns and should partner Dimitar Berbatov up front. The Bulgarian has started the season well and will be one of the favourites to get the 5,000th goal.
Tottenham have a trickier tie away to Werder Bremen. Spurs have Michael Dawson and Jermaine Defoe definitely out. On the plus side Luka Modric may be fit to play after limping off against West Brom on Saturday. Tottenham have the likes of Peter Crouch, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale (amongst others) all capable of getting the ‘golden’ goal. Bremen has Hugo Almeida and Marko Marin as their main threats.
There are plenty of other players on show tonight who will be looking to get that milestone goal. Barcelona should score a few at home to Panathinaikos and Messi, Villa, Xavi and Iniesta will all be looking to get on the score sheet.
Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo is likely to score against Hapoel Tel-Aviv while Juan Manuel Mata and Robert Soldado have a good chance of scoring against Bursaspor.
Inter Milan take on FC Twente in Holland. Diego Milito scored twice in last season’s final and will be a good bet to score again tonight. As will Samuel Eto’o.
Lyon has great threat in Lisandro Lopez and new signing Yoann Gourcuff whilst their opponent Schalke has Klass Jan Huntelaar and Raul in their ranks.
Whoever scores the 5,000th Champions League goal will go down in history. And after all that it’ll probably be someone from the Copenhagen / Rubin Kazan game who will get it.
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