Michael Owen predicts Diego Costa to make impact in Chelsea v Crystal Palace

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Former Premier League striker Michael Owen expects Diego Costa to make a big impact for Chelsea against Crystal Palace.

Costa has endured a difficult season so far for Chelsea, scoring only five league goals, but one of these came in his last appearance, under Guus Hiddink's management against Watford.

He also picked up a yellow card in this game which caused him to miss the game at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

Owen told BetVictor that he feels Costa will be a difference maker upon his return.

Recommending punters put money on Costa to score at any time during Sunday's game, he said: "Diego Costa returns from suspension for the Blues and he might be the difference against an Eagles side who mustered just two shots on target against Swansea in their last home game.

"Palace are struggling with injuries and Yohan Cabaye is suspended which will be a big blow to the hosts." 

The way the season has gone so far, some would consider it a sort of upset if Chelsea can spring a victory away to a Crystal Palace team which has already won at Stamford Bridge this campaign.

Palace came into this weekend on the edge of the Champions League places, while Chelsea are surprisingly close to the relegation zone. The Blues will be keen to correct that as 2016 begins, and Costa firing them to a win would be an ideal place to start.

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