Graeme Le Saux has told The Sun that he expects Diego Costa to score for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur today.
The two London clubs will contest the League Cup final at Wembley Stadium in what promises to be a hugely entertaining game.
Premier League leaders Chelsea will head into the clash as favourites, but Spurs’ chances of winning cannot be written off.
One player who will be expected to turn on the style is Costa. The 26-year-old has been superb for Chelsea since joining them from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window.
The Spain international has scored 17 goals and created 34 chances in 20 Premier League appearances so far this season, while having a passing accuracy of 78% and a shooting accuracy of 71%.
Former Chelsea defender Le Saux has warned Spurs against taking the threat posed by Costa lightly, and has backed the 26-year-old to score today.
“He’s always going to score goals and will revel in the occasion and stage,” the 46-year-old told The Sun. “Playing at Wembley for Chelsea is going to be new to him, but it already feels like he’s been at the club for years.
“If he doesn’t get distracted and caught up in the emotion of the game, all of his focus will be on his position and reading of situations as they’re developing.
“That’s when he’s so dangerous because his movement is so good. He anticipates what’s going to happen and is in the perfect position to take his chances as a result.
“If Chelsea are going to score, you have to say he is going to be involved during the move and is more than likely to be on the end of it.”
Can Tottenham Hotspur nullify Diego Costa?
Costa is a very difficult striker to play against, and he will be expected to make life tough for the Tottenham centre-backs.
However, the former Atletico star is a volatile character, and his temper could be a problem for him in the League Cup final.
Aggression is part of Costa’s game, but it has landed him in trouble on many occasions. If the Spurs defenders can get under his skin, then it could be a problem for the Chelsea striker.
However, one suspects that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will make sure that Costa does not get wound up too easily in one of the biggest games of the season.