Everton captain Phil Jagielka on Chelsea's Diego Costa

Everton's Phil Jagielka in action with Chelsea's Diego Costa

Everton travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea this afternoon.

Everton captain Phil Jagielka has joked to the Mirror that there are a number of ways to deal with Diego Costa.

The Blues defender is likely to come up against the Spaniard this evening when Ronald Koeman’s side take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Keeping the forward quiet will be key to his side’s hopes of coming away from London with a positive result, with Costa currently the Premier League’s top goalscorer on eight goals.

Everton's Phil Jagielka in action with Chelsea's Diego CostaEverton's Phil Jagielka in action with Chelsea's Diego Costa

Costa is well known for the physical approach to the game, often engaging in battles with the opposing centre-half.

“He likes to get wound up and we have had a few interesting battles, but that’s just one approach,” he told the Mirror.

“You maybe pick him up, pat him on the back and shake him by the hand and that plays more mind games with him thinking, ‘Well I’ve just volleyed this guy he should be wanting to kill me’. But like I say, there are different ways of doing it.”

Everton's Phil Jagielka in action with Chelsea's Diego CostaEverton's Phil Jagielka in action with Chelsea's Diego Costa

Everton have failed to keep Costa quiet in the past, with the Spaniard having managed three goals in three games against the Toffees since moving to the Premier League.

Everton are much improved this season, though, enjoying the second best defensive record in the division - and it will take a top performance from Costa to bag his ninth goal of the season.

Chelsea's Diego Costa in action with Everton's Phil JagielkaChelsea's Diego Costa in action with Everton's Phil Jagielka

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