Diego Costa’s ferocious start to the season is showing a few signs of letting up recently, and with only one of Chelsea’s Spa-zilian striker’s past eight goals for club and country opening the scoring, 3/1 about him doing so at Sunderland is a little short.
Add in the fact that Costa came off with a ‘knock’ just after an hour of the Blues’ 5-0 Champions League romp at Schalke, having failed to get amongst the three goals already scored, and it’s clear there must be value elsewhere.
There is, and it lies with Brazil regular Oscar, scorer of four goals already this term and twice the price at 6/1 to find the net first at the Stadium of Light.
Eden Hazard may be many punters’ go-to-guy when contemplating going off Costa, as the Belgium international has six in all competitions in 2014/15, but Oscar has three times as many openers in the Premier League this term.
The former also outstrips his attacking-midfield colleague for shots-per-game in the top flight this season, with 2.9 to Hazard’s 2; only Costa can boast of more efforts a game for Chelsea with 3.2.
It’s clear who is the more likely to score first between the pair of 23-year-olds based on Premier League form so far in this campaign, so Hazard at 11/2 shouldn’t be touched with Oscar around.
Furthermore, the 43-cap Canarinho man is definitely due an opener, as the duration between his first and second first-goals of the season was a game, with the third coming two games after.
It has now been two games since Oscar scored, so he’ll be raring to against Diego Poyet’s Black Cats.
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