Kane vs Costa pre-match H2H: One betters other in four key areas

Tottenham Hotspur host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur host London rivals Chelsea on Sunday in an intriguing Premier League encounter which could have big implications on the duo’s quest for a top-four spot.

Spurs head into the match coming off the back of a fabulous 4-1 win over West Ham United last weekend, a result which extended their unbeaten league run to 12 games.

Chelsea, on the other hand, stopped the rot somewhat with a 1-0 win over Norwich City but their form for this season has been extremely poor, and quite astounding to say the least.

Sunday represents a big chance for both teams in the quest to secure a top-four finish, and strikers Harry Kane and Diego Costa could be central to the outcome at White Hart Lane.

Costa undoubtedly won the battle last season, as he helped the Blues to the title and a League Cup final victory over Spurs, but what do the statistics say for this season?

  GoalsShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameTouches per GameAccurate Passes per GameBall Recoveries per GameAppearances
Harry Kane 8 3.92 1.08 1.54 44.46 17.54 3 13
Diego Costa 3 2.09 1.18 1.36 46.82 21.73 2.45 11

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Harry Kane’s dominance over his upcoming opponent can be illustrated by his contribution made over a number of key attacking areas.

Kane has scored eight league goals so far this season, five more than Costa. Moreover, the England international averages more shots on goal, successful take-ons and ball recoveries per match.

That said, Costa does outshine the Spurs favourite in a few categories himself, such as averaging more key passes, touches and accurate passes per Premier League encounter.

Both players are instrumental in how their respective side goes about their business, and they will be integral to the game on Sunday as many expect a fiercely contested London derby.

While a repeat 5-3 score-line would be superb for the neutral, that appears extremely unlikely and in the end the game could boil down to which striker manages to take his chance when it arises.

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