Although neck-and-neck at the top of the Premier League top scorer charts, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Argentine to come out on top against Costa in the battle of the strikers
The Premier League’s two most deadly attackers will go head-to-head on Saturday, as Manchester City welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium.
With 10 goals apiece after 13 match days, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa find themselves level at the top of the goal-scoring charts. However, having started three games fewer than his Blues’ counterpart, Aguero is bet365’s 7/2 (4.50) favourite to open the scoring in a heavyweight encounter.
Considering he has struck four times in the last two league meetings between the teams, the Argentina international certainly seems generously priced at 20/21 (1.95) to score at anytime in this game.
However, boasting the best goals-to-game ratio of any Chelsea player in Premier League history, Costa is also a tempting proposition at 5/1 (6.00) odds to strike first, or 7/5 (2.40) to get on the scoresheet for the eighth game in 11.
While that pair are sure to attract most attention, each of them is supported by a highly-talented array of attackers who thrive in the space behind the front man.
Looking to come back to haunt a club that never truly afforded him the chance to shine, Kevin De Bruyne is available at 7/4 (2.75) to hit the back of the net for Pep Guardiola’s men, while Nolito is on offer at 8/5 (2.60) to add to his five for the season.
Meanwhile, Yaya Toure can be backed at 12/5 (3.40) after scoring twice against Crystal Palace on his recent return to the team, with Raheem Sterling also priced at 12/5 (3.40) despite going 12 games without a goal for club and country.
Having already surpassed last season’s four-goal haul with seven to his name, Eden Hazard surely offers better value at that same 12/5 (3.40) price at the other end of the pitch.
Similarly, Pedro looks like a strong 11/4 (3.75) outside bet after finding the net in three of the last five league games, with Victor Moses also a potential 5/1 (6.00) long shot as he marauds down the flank from right wing back.