FIRST it was Lionel Messi then it was Cristiano Ronaldo – two successful Super Singles on the two best players in the world.
Messi paid 3-1 v PSG and Ronaldo 9-4 v Galatasaray – and it makes perfect sense to aim for three in a row with a player some are saying is the third best on the planet.
On Thursday the Europa League quarter-finals take centre stage and it's Spurs v Basel or should that be Bale v Basel.
I'll be on Gareth at 11-4 with Titanbet – and if nets first I'll add to the clamour of those tagging him best of the rest behind Messi and Ronaldo.
Spurs have treated this tournament seriously throughout and should defeat the Swiss.
Chelsea have been less convincing in Europe and I'd hold off betting on their clash with Rubin Kazan until teams are known with Rafael Benitez threatening to make changes.
It will be much tougher for Newcastle, England's third survivors, as they head for Benfica. There have been suggestions the European run has hit the club's league form and relegation can't be ruled out.
Benfica have won 15 of their last 16 homes so even if Alan Pardew puts out a strong side his men could struggle. The Portuguese are just 9-20 with Titanbet to win on the night.
The final tie sees Fenerbahce take on Lazio and although the Italians should qualify they may have to settle for a first-leg draw in Istanbul.
Bale to score first
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