Stoke v Chelsea – Monday 22nd December, 20:00 – Live on Sky Sports 1
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Diego Costa has found the target with uncanny regularity this season to help propel Chelsea to the top of the Premier League table and justify their favourites’ tag.
Jose Mourinho’s side have been the stand-out team so far this season and until a recent blip were without realistic challengers.
The 12 goals that Costa has scored in the Premier League since his move from Atletico Madrid over the summer have more than justified the £32million Mourinho paid for the Brazilian-born Spanish international.
Aside from a goal for Spain in the 4-0 European Championships qualifier away to Luxembourg, all of Costa’s goals have come in the Premier League.
After an impressive seven in his first four games the goals had dried up a little but scoring in the 2-0 home win over Hull last time out showed he has found his range once more.
Mark Hughes’ Stoke side might be better known for playing more attractive football than the team previously managed by Tony Pulis but they still know the importance of stopping their opponents from scoring.
No team relishes a trip to the Britannia Stadium as Arsenal can confirm after a recent 3-2 defeat there saw fans round on manager Arsene Wenger.
Hughes will be keen to add to his side’s five Premier League wins and four draws from 16 games going into the Chelsea fixture.
Stopping Costa from finding the target is one sure way of increasing their chances of getting something from the game.
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