Chelsea’s favoured forward boosted to bag at St James’ Park

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Chelsea’s leading scorer Diego Costa wasn’t present for the Premier League leaders’ midweek derby triumph over Tottenham, but the Brazilian-born star has the green light to start at Newcastle.

While this spells potential trouble for the Magpies it forms most welcome news for Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea faithful and indeed Ladbrokes customers.

The bookies are boosting Costa from odds of 3/1 out to 4/1 to break the deadlock at Newcastle.

Having already plundered 11 goals so early in his Blues career, the La Liga winner is yet to go more than two outings for his new club without finding the net.

Guess what? The man forging a reputation as one of the fiercest goal grabbers around failed to find the net on his last two appearances, so using the campaign thus far as a barometer Costa is due to correct that particular score in Newcastle’s back yard.

This wager also gains more confidence by the fact Newcastle rarely go in front early on in games.

In fact, Alan Pardew’s troops are the only team in the entire division yet to get on the scoreboard before the 30-minute mark.

Meanwhile, two of Costa’s four top-flight strikes away from Stamford Bridge have arrived before 20 minutes have elapsed.

Moreover, since embarking on their six-match winning streak, the wind has been sucked out of Newcastle sails with a loss at West Ham and a draw at Burnley.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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