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Michael Owen picks his Premier League winners thanks to Diego Costa

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker believes Diego Costa will change Chelsea's fortunes.

"I tipped Chelsea to win the Premier League last season, and if they had a striker who could have given them 20+ goals then I think that they would have won it pretty comfortably," wrote Michael Owen in his Colossus Bets Blog.

A prolific goal-scorer during his prime, Owen twice scored 28 goals in a single campaign in all competitions in 2002 and 2003. Last season saw Diego Costa enjoy his most productive campaign to date as he netted 36 times in all competitions for Atletico Madrid.

Owen thinks that Costa will be the difference between failure last term and success this. He said: "With the signing of Diego Costa, they have addressed that glaring problem, so I take them for the title once again."

Costa joined Filipe Luis at Stamford Bridge this summer, along with Francesc Fabregas and Didier Drogba in what has been a superb window for Jose Mourinho.

Commenting, Owen said: "Drogba returning and the arrival of Cesc will also give them more firepower and potency in the attacking third – Drogba is a question mark because of his age but he is a legend at Chelsea, and you wouldn’t bet against him making an impact once again – but it is Costa that is surely Mourinho’s key summer acquisition.

"Chelsea isn’t the easiest place to score goals, as the likes of top-class strikers Shevchenko and Torres have found down the years, but what gives me confidence that Costa can deliver is that he has done it with a similar team in Atletico Madrid."

He continued: "Atletico don’t blitz teams in the manner that Real Madrid and Barcelona regularly do in La Liga, and Costa got the job done playing up front on his own a lot of the time, and I imagine that it will be a similar story for him at Stamford Bridge. It’s a style of play that won’t faze him."

Costa has had an exquisite pre-season to date, scoring against Olimpija Ljubljana, Fenerbahce and struck twice in seven minutes earlier this evening against Real Sociedad.

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