Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) to score v Lyon

Sterling was doubted after a goalless World Cup, but he has emerged once again as Manchester City’s most in-form forward.

The 23-year-old – who netted in all three of City’s home Champions League group stage matches last season – has scored three goals in four appearances this term, with his tap-in against Fulham on Saturday the latest example of the good goalscoring positions he gets himself into so often.

Against Lyon, who have conceded once at Reims and twice at Caen in their two away matches so far this season, similar opportunities are sure to present themselves.

Fedor Chalov (CSKA Moscow) to score v Viktoria Plzen

Chalov has been one of the breakthrough stars of the season so far in the Russian Premier League.

After opening the scoring for CSKA Moscow at FC Ufa on Saturday, the 20-year-old has scored six goals in four appearances, including a hat-trick in the 6-0 win against Ural before the international break.

He is the likeliest to make the breakthrough at Viktoria Plzen, who shipped four at Slavia Prague earlier this month.

Aden Flint (Middlesbrough) to score v Bolton

Bolton are conceding goals from all angles, with seven going in at the wrong end in their last three games.

But with no Middlesbrough forward in particularly prolific form, it is worth punting on centre-half Flint to do the damage to the Trotters at the Riverside on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old is excellent in the opposition’s box, scoring 35 goals in his last four seasons. He ranks third in the Middlesbrough squad for goal attempts inside the penalty area this term, with only seven central defenders in the Championship beating him in that metric.

David McGoldrick (Sheffield United) to score v Birmingham

Uncharacteristically wayward finishing cost McGoldrick at least one goal at Bristol City on Saturday, but the good positions he found himself in are enough to back him to put things right on Wednesday.

The striker has scored once this season, having started just four games, but will be leading the line for a team that has scored eight goals in four at Bramall Lane, including a rampant display against Aston Villa last time out on home turf.

Birmingham are yet to keep a clean sheet in four away games this season, so should concede chances to the Blades’ summer signing.


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