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Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by onome710(m): 4:00pm On Sep 19, 2014
Two of world football's finest strikers go head-to-head at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday as Manuel Pellegrini's champions welcome Jose Mourinho's chief contenders

English football loses its superstars. Or so it seems, anyway, amid the talent drain to Spain. Yet on Sunday, two goal machines meet, beginning a duel for Premier League glory, the Golden Boot and perhaps even the unofficial title of the world's best centre forward.

Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robert Lewandowski and the Manchester United pair of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao are contenders but two of the prime candidates are Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero. The Chelsea target man has made statistically the best start to a Premier League career, with seven goals in four games. The Manchester City poacher has the lowest minutes-per-goal ratio of anyone in the division's history who has struck 30 times or more: he goes just 114 minutes between strikes on average.


The predators leading the line at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday are strikers with similarities and not just because both endured a World Cup to forget and were used as substitutes in the Champions League on Wednesday.

While other elite players quit England for Spain, this pair made the opposite journey. Indeed, they proved prolific for the same club, Atletico Madrid. The Estadio Vicente Calderon is a place where goalscorers flourished - Falcao, Diego Forlan and Fernando Torres all enhanced their reputations as Atleti players – and it is also ideal scouting ground for English clubs.

The rivalry in the Spanish capital makes it very hard for Real Madrid to sign directly from their neighbours so, if Barcelona do not buy their prize assets, the opportunity is there for the Premier League clubs. Chelsea seized it this summer, just as City did three years earlier.

Even if Atletico's British brand of football, their willingness to play 4-4-2 and go direct, their hustling, bustling style and hugely energetic, ultra-committed approach offered signs that Costa would succeed in England, his first four fixtures have still been remarkable.

He has been an injury doubt for the last two league matches. In that time, he scored twice against Everton and a hat-trick against a Swansea City defence previously only breached once. The doubters wondered if he would be a one-season wonder, if his magnificent 36-goal campaign for Atletico would be an outlier and he would never prove as potent again. They are being answered. Chelsea are being transformed.

Eden Hazard was the Blues' leading scorer in the league last season with 14 goals. With only a 10th of the season gone, Costa is already half way to equalling that tally. Sunday represents his toughest test to date, against the outstanding defender in England, Vincent Kompany, but it is hard to imagine a man who scored a winner in a Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabeu last season being cowed.

He has made an immediate impact. The quicksilver Aguero made one, too, the last time that a title rival visited the Etihad Stadium. He scored 23 seconds after coming on against Liverpool. A clinical finish against Arsenal on Saturday brought contrasts with a less reliable finisher, Danny Welbeck, who had spurned a chance at the other end.

And a recurring theme of Aguero's City career is that he is often at his best in such fixtures. He is a derby specialist, with five goals against Manchester United already. He has struck three times each against Arsenal and Liverpool. Chelsea, who have only conceded twice to him, have escaped comparatively unscathed. That could change. 

Yet he is somehow underappreciated. Perhaps it is because of the injuries that have interrupted his last two seasons and prevented him from topping the scoring charts. When he embarked on a run of 25 goals in 23 games between September 2013 and January 2014, he threatened to overshadow Luis Suarez. Manuel Pellegrini was describing Aguero as the world's third-best player, behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. If that seemed hyperbolic to outsiders, the Argentine guaranteed immortality in the blue half of Manchester with the final touch of his debut season, the ice-cool, injury-time, title-winning strike against QPR. He was the ideal man to take the opportunity.

The chances are that Chelsea would back Costa to score in a similar situation. He is not as quicksilver as Aguero but brings an added physical dimension. In some ways, they are reflections of their managers, the snarling Costa sharing Mourinho's fondness for goading opponents and the more smiling Aguero possessing Pellegrini's less abrasive approach.

But now they are pitted in direct competition. Because while Aguero is the forward who, per minute on the pitch, is more potent than Thierry Henry and Alan Shearer, Robbie Fowler and Ruud van Nistelrooy, Van Persie, Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Michael Owen, Costa is his newest challenger. Thus far, he averages a goal every 47 minutes. When he scores enough to qualify for a place among the Premier League's striking greats, he might be a new entry at No.1.

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by onome710(m): 4:35pm On Sep 19, 2014
Front Page material.
Mods kindly do the needful. Thanks.

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by datguru: 11:50am On Sep 20, 2014
Costa Good

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by oliy24(m): 11:51am On Sep 20, 2014
I beg who dey compare Costa with aguero. name die na. #teamallmightygoalstar. I wonder who want hold am for man city sef. :'

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by ayusco85(m): 11:51am On Sep 20, 2014
Man City should end chelseas 100% start to the season. they are becoming too arrogant for my liking. Aguero all the way

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by ggrin(f): 11:51am On Sep 20, 2014
cheesy

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by IamDejman(m): 11:51am On Sep 20, 2014
Space booked.
Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by kolomax(m): 11:52am On Sep 20, 2014
Ok
Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by constance500: 11:52am On Sep 20, 2014
Observing protocols

Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by olawumiseun: 11:52am On Sep 20, 2014
True talk I can't wait to see this match
Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by jjwaterfalls(f): 11:53am On Sep 20, 2014
Costa is da bomb!!!! cheesy

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by Soso990240(m): 11:54am On Sep 20, 2014
I love both
Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by Nobody: 11:54am On Sep 20, 2014
onome710: Front Page material.
Mods kindly do the needful. Thanks.

Nah u go tell d mods wetin dey go do??
Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by datguru: 11:54am On Sep 20, 2014
oliy24: .
ayusco85: .
kolomax: Ok
constance500: Observing protocols


ggrin: cheesy

this is not life na grin

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by popson1st: 11:54am On Sep 20, 2014
#TeamAguero

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by mmb(m): 11:54am On Sep 20, 2014
booked
Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by ginajet(f): 11:54am On Sep 20, 2014
#Teambluez! TeamChelsea TeamCosta....... Costa biscuits...... roller costa.... beast.... goal machine...... Worldbest....... unstoppable..... Da rock.... you name it, its Costa all the way baby

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by siino(m): 11:54am On Sep 20, 2014
Costa good, Aguero exceptional!
Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by Nobody: 11:55am On Sep 20, 2014
Coaster good! Aguero better!
Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by Damianobi(m): 11:55am On Sep 20, 2014
Aguero was better den bt 4 nw, na coasta dey trend

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by akereconfi: 11:55am On Sep 20, 2014
KTBFFH

DIEGOAL GOALsta

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by Hoii(m): 11:55am On Sep 20, 2014
jjwaterfalls: Costa is da bomb!!!! cheesy
wait till he starts receiving the strong tackles of the EPL.

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by Ojestas(m): 11:55am On Sep 20, 2014
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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by Aklofs: 11:55am On Sep 20, 2014
aguero=injury
Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by ginajet(f): 11:57am On Sep 20, 2014
Costa Rica baby...... my goal machine #teamCosta

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by keypad1: 11:57am On Sep 20, 2014
costa juju has failed.....chelshit will lost tomorrow.


Team aguero

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by Felixitie(m): 11:58am On Sep 20, 2014
Diego Costaaaaa...THE KILLER...THE DEMON of STAMFORD BRIDGE

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by Nobody: 11:58am On Sep 20, 2014
Costa is better dan aguero... Front page again.. Sign of divine love from God

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Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by Mancity26(m): 12:00pm On Sep 20, 2014
oliy24: I beg who dey compare Costa with aguero. name die na. #teamallmightygoalstar. I wonder who want hold am for man city sef. :'
u dey ask who won hold costa? Almighty kompany is dia....Aguero all d way
Re: Costa Vs Aguero: The Strikers Spearheading Chelsea & Man. City's Title Hopes by Psalmpy(m): 12:00pm On Sep 20, 2014
Costa has got a gud positioning wit effective strike in front of goal
as 4 aguero u cant take dat quality away frm him he's got pace with classic dribls...also struggls for goals anyways

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