Diego Costa versus Harry Kane: Saturday's key battle which could decide London derby

Tottenham's Harry Kane

Chelsea host Tottenham on Saturday in the Premier League as the big rivals once again lock horns.

Tottenham's Harry Kane reacts after a missed chanceTottenham's Harry Kane 

Tottenham's trip to face Premier League leaders Chelsea could prove to be one of the games of the season as the rival London clubs renew hostilities once again. 

While the two are only separated by four points in the league, they have been subjected to very different runs of form.

Chelsea have been awesome and have shot up the table to first after a string of impressive wins. 

Tottenham on the other hand have struggled and look to be in need of a positive result after they crashed out of the Champions League at the group stages with a game still to play. In the league they have also been unable to put together a run of wins, drawing every single game between the first and second international break, before they broke that cycle with a dramatic 3-2 win over West Ham.

The two teams boast a host of talented and potentially match winning players, however, the two strikers are likely to decide this game, with both in fine form in recent weeks.

Diego Costa v Harry Kane: Head to Head: Costa vs Kane: 20161125

Statistically, Costa is the out and out winner in every department, with the Chelsea forward playing a starring role for the Blues this term. Realistically, it is likely that Costa has beaten Kane in each department so convincingly because of the amount of minutes he has amassed, whereas Kane has had his injury problems this season. The Spaniard has played almost double Kane's minutes (1057 to 585), with Costa appearing 12 times and the Englishman just seven times.

Kane playing half the time Costa has explains why he has scored exactly half the amount of goals as his rival with the 23-year-old netting five in comparison to Costa's 10. What is interesting to note though, is that it seems as though Costa has been far more involved this season, with Conte obviously liking his striker to play a bigger role than just scoring goals.

Chelsea's Diego Costa celebrates scoring their first goalChelsea's Diego Costa celebrates scoring their first goal

Costa has taken 611 touches, made 117 successful final third passes and entered the opposition penalty area 30 times across the season. With Kane playing half the amount of time as Costa, it would make sense for him to have halved the Spaniards stats, however, he has not done that. The English striker has managed 245 touches, 54 successful final third passes and just 10 penalty area entries.

Kane's injuries and his need to feel his way back to full fitness have played a huge part in his slower start to the season, while Costa has been able to play pretty much week in and week out, thus allowing his form to hit a steady and high level.

Tottenham's Harry KaneTottenham's Harry Kane

What is interesting for Tottenham fans is that, even with a Kane that is only just coming back to full fitness, he has still netted four goals in his last three games in all competitions.

It will be incredibly tough to call this game with neither wanting to see their rival pick up three points. Tottenham need to bounce back after their midweek misery, while Chelsea will be desperate to continue their fine run of form. It all points to what could be an enthralling London derby.

Chelsea's Diego Costa in actionChelsea's Diego Costa in action

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