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With the Champions League's top scorer missing tonight's action through injury, Al Hain-Cole takes a look at some of the other likely candidates to hit the back of the net

The Champions League’s leading marksmen take to the field on Wednesday night, hoping to fire their teams into the knockout stages.

Having already qualified from their group, Real Madrid will face Galatasaray without the tournament’s leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who is absent through injury.

Wednesday Champions League scorers

Odds from bet365
Negredo to score anytime 10/11
Bale to score anytime 6/4
Aguero to score 2 or more 11/5
Mitroglou to score anytime 9/4
Ibrahimovic to score last 13/5
With eight goals in just four European games this season, there is no doubt the Portuguese superstar will be missed at the Bernabeu, but his absence will allow the spotlight to fall solely on Gareth Bale for once.

The world’s most expensive player has scored six goals in 12 games for Los Blancos, including a fine strike in the last Group B clash against Juventus, and offers excellent value to find the net this evening at odds of 6/4 (2.50) with bet365.

Another man hoping to take advantage of Ronaldo’s absence is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who needs just one goal against Olympiakos to draw level with the Madrid man at the head of the top-scorers charts.

All seven of the PSG man’s Champions League goals have come in the last three matches, and with 17 in his last 11 games for club and country, it is no surprise to see him on offer at a slender 4/6 (1.67) to get on the score sheet this evening.

Having had the final say in six of his side’s last nine games in all competitions, the Swedish superstar is well worth a pop at 13/5 (3.60) to score the final goal yet again tonight.

Lining up for the opposition at the Parc des Princes is Greek international Kostas Mitroglou, whose 30 goals in his last 29 games for club and country make him a solid outside bet at 9/4 (3.25) to score anytime.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero opened his Champions League account for the season away to Viktoria Plzen in September and has scored 15 goals in 13 matches since then, including four in the last two in this competition.

While odds of 8/15 (1.53) offer little value on the Argentina international hitting the back of net at the Etihad, he is not to be missed at 11/5 (3.20) to strike at least twice for the sixth time in 10 games, and third in three European matches.

Meanwhile, Alvaro Negredo is only one goal behind his City strike partner after a hat-trick against CSKA Moscow in the last group game and offers tempting value at 10/11 (1.91) to score for the fifth game in six.

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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