Tuesday's Goalscorer Preview: Rooney to make a successful return and Benzema to net for France

With a place in the last eight at stake, Phil Kitromilides is backing the Manchester United and Real Madrid strikers to find their first goals of Euro 2012

The collective sigh of relief will be felt from Donetsk to Doncaster as Wayne Rooney returns to the England side having served a two-match ban.

England's only genuine world-class striker will be desperate to make an impression, yet his goalscoring record in major competitions is far from impressive with the Manchester United forward failing to net a tournament goal since 2004.

Sportingbet price him at 33/20 (2.65) to make a scoring return to the side and despite his paucity of tournament goals Rooney remains the Three Lions' main threat.

That price looks appealing against a Ukrainian defence that have conceded in both games so far. 

Rooney's replacements while he was suspended acquitted themselves admirably with Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll both making scoring contributions at Euro 2012.

They are both priced at 2/1 (3.00) to repeat those heroics, although of the two Welbeck is more likely to feature having played with Rooney regularly at club level.  

For the co-hosts, veteran former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has scored both of their goals at the tournament, but he is a doubt for the game due to injury.

He is priced at 11/4 (3.75) to net at any time but even if he does start he is unlikely to be fully fit.

Tuesday's other game sees France take on Sweden, and Les Bleus' Karim Benzema will fancy his chances against a side that has conceded five goals in two games at the tournament.

The Real Madrid forward possesses more than enough power, intelligence and skill to give veteran centre back Olof Mellberg a torrid evening and the price of 7/2 (4.50) for Benzema to score first looks like a solid value bet. 


Wayne Rooney to score anytime at 33/20 (2.65) with Sportingbet
Karim Benzema to score first at 7/2 (4.50) with Sportingbet

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid, you can also follow Phil on Twitter