Several standout players are amongst the Europa League top scorer betting list. As the European competition returns on Thursday, we look at some of the leading candidates for the Europa League Golden Boot.
The Europa League resumes with the knockout play-off rounds as many big teams will hope to progress to the round of 16. Among the favourites are AC Milan, Galatasaray, AS Roma and Marseille.
Within these teams are some key goalscorers, who will be eager to fire their teams into the knockout stages.
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Can Roma Progress without Mourinho at the helm?
Despite guiding Roma to Europa Conference League success in 2022 and reaching the Europa League final last season, Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club in January.
The Giallorossi will now navigate a tough test against Dutch giants Feyenoord across two legs with new boss Daniele De Rossi in the dugout. Feyenoord entered the Europa League after a third-place finish in the Champions League group stages.
Giants AC Milan enter the mix
AC Milan narrowly missed out on Champions League progression from the ‘Group of Death”. The Rossoneri were tied on points with PSG but had an inferior -3 goal difference.
As a result, Stefano Pioli's side dropped into the Europa League and will now be considered one of the favourites moving forward. If they do, that opens the door for some huge ties, including a potential reunion with Liverpool after their brace of Champions League finals in the 2000s.
The Serie A side faces a tricky upcoming play-off challenge against a Rennes side that won four of their six Europa League group matches.
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Brighton’s João Pedro was essential in helping the Premier League side finish top of Group B in their first-ever European campaign. The Brazilian forward scored six of the Seagulls' 10 Europa League group stage goals and is the out-and-out top scorer in the competition.
A current hamstring injury leaves Pedro in doubt for the foreseeable future. However, as Brighton progressed straight to the last 16 as Group B winners, the club will have time to get their top scorer fit and ready for a potential return in early March.
Experienced striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved his goalscoring quality in Marseille’s Europa League group stage. The French forward notched five goals, including a hat-trick in Les Olympiens’ decisive 4-3 win over Ajax in November.
Over half of Aubameyang’s goals have come in Europe this season, as the striker netted twice in Champions League qualifying, taking his continental total to seven.
Marseille’s frontman has shown a knack for getting amongst the European goals this season. Les Olympiens' upcoming play-off against Shakhtar Donetsk gives the 34-year-old an extra match to strike in as he bids to finish as the Europa League's top scorer.
Lukaku has an exceptional Europa League record, striking 25 goals in 39 appearances in the competition. Lukaku certainly continued his strong form in the tournament this season, netting five goals in six matches in the group stages.
The Belgian striker will have to rediscover his early season form if he is to challenge for the Golden Boot. In his last nine in all competitions, Lukaku has netted just two goals.
However, a return of 30 goals in 40 matches for club and country this season highlights Lukaku’s constant goal-scoring threat on all fronts.