After rippling the onion bag in all-but one of the six matches he has started thus far for Chelsea, it would take a brave contrarian to argue that any other centre-forward in world football can hold a stick of wax to Diego Costa right now.
Costa seems certain to start when the west Londoners travel to Lisbon to take on Sporting, the Portuguese Primeira Liga runners-up who are yet to lose this term, having scored in all of their seven 2014/15 matches, and last lost at home in Europe four years ago.
Quite the first-scorer quandary we have. Read on for the profit-prompting solution…
Chelsea’s Diego Costa to score the first goal @ 13/4
The way the Blues’ Spazilian striker has been finishing since the start of this term, not to mention his record for Atletico Madrid en route to the Champions League final last season, makes Costa a must-back entity in this market.
Gaffer Jose Mourinho insisted earlier in the week that ‘Diego starts’ in Portugal.
Considering Costa has fired home eight goals over the six matches he has been on from the off for Chelsea, of which two were openers and four his side’s first of the encounter, those words should be heeded.
Add in the 25-year-old’s eight strikes in nine 2013/14 Champions League fixtures for Atleti and that heed must be acted upon.
Sporting’s Andre Carrillo to score the first goal @ 12/1
Three Sporting forwards are currently shorter for the first goal against the Blues than this Peruvian, but Fredy Montero, Islam Slimani and Nani’s reputations, as opposed to their respective form, must be much of the reason.
Carrillo is one of five Sporting players who’ve bagged openers in unbeaten Os Leoes’ seven all-competition fixtures this season, but is the only one to claim two more goals since.
He’s due another, after notching alternately over the past four games and firing a blank last time out in the 1-1 draw at home to Porto.
Carrillo got off the mark at the Estadio Jose Alvalade for the campaign in his side’s prior clash with Belenenses, which produced the same scoreline.
The 1-1 Sporting v Chelsea scoreline is available at 25/4 with bwin.com.