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Mbappe Closes in on Haaland in Champions League Top Scorer Race

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Kylian Mbappe has been cut to 7/4 (2.75) to become the top scorer in this season’s Champions League after his brace against Bayern Munich last night.

The French forward was in sparkling form for PSG as the snow swirled around the Allianz Arena. He fired in the opener after an incisive breakaway, and his pace on the break caused all sorts of problems for Bayern’s cumbersome defenders.

PSG went 2-0 up through Marquinhos, only for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller to restore parity. Yet Mbappe then struck again deep into the second-half to hand his team a thrilling 3-2 victory.

Mbappe Gains Momentum

That took Mbappe’s tally to eight Champions League goals this season. He only scored two in five appearances during the group stage, but he has come to life in the knockout phase of the competition.

Mbappe banged in a hat-trick to lead his team to a 4-1 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of their Round of 16 clash. He was on target from the penalty spot in the second leg, and he then performed an attacking masterclass against Bayern last night.

He is now just two goals behind Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland in the race to be named top scorer in this season’s competition. Haaland hit 10 goals in just six Champions League games, but he drew a blank in Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat to Man City on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola’s men are now the clear favourites to progress to the semi-finals at Dortmund’s expense, so Haaland could be running out of time to add to his tally. He looked dangerous against Man City, but the Premier League team dominated possession and did not allow their opponents to create many chances.

Mbappe Could Face Man City Next

Mbappe’s ability to overhaul Haaland will rest upon his team’s chances of reaching the semi-finals. They may have emerged victorious on Wednesday, but they had just 36% of the possession, and they allowed Bayern to have 31 shots on goal and 12 on target.

The Bundesliga champions hit the woodwork and forced Keylor Navas to make several good saves, so they could still turn things around in the second leg.

Yet PSG are odds-on to qualify for the next round after scoring three away goals, and Mbappe’s pace could cause nightmares for Bayern’s defence yet again. They play with a high line, and the likes of Niklas Sule and Jerome Boateng are just too slow to keep up with Mbappe.

If PSG progress to the next round and Dortmund crash out, Mbappe could come up against Man City in the semis. That could prove to be a much more difficult challenge, as City’s defence has been rock solid this season, whereas Bayern’s has been extremely leaky.

Yet Mbappe has the pace, power, directness, movement, strength and finishing ability to thrive against any team in the world. He is already a World Cup winner, and he is determined to bring the Champions League trophy back to Paris. At 7/4 (2.75) with William Hill and Unibet, he looks like an interesting option in this market.