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Breaking Bets: Mad odds on Chelsea poacher repeating haul

| 15.09.2014

Ladbrokes’ ‘Breaking Bets’ series has boded well for the Premier League’s newboys, with the 14/1 offered about Spurs defender Eric Dier following up a debut strike at West Ham with a goal at home to QPR the best of the beauties that have landed thus far.

If that wager looked good in hindsight, then what the bookie is offering about the top flight’s top-scorer-in-waiting when the Champions League returns should really set off alarms in wallets up and down the land

Diego Costa, the £32m Spanish-Brazilian the Blues picked up from Atletico Madrid over the summer, has scored in each of the four Premier League matches he has appeared in, with single-strike hauls landed in his first two fixtures for the west Londoners, followed by a brace and then a hat-trick.

The 25-year-old’s Breaking Bet could be one for the annals, as Ladbrokes.com quote colossal 22/1 odds on Costa repeating the three-goal feat achieved at home to Swansea when Schalke visit Stamford Bridge, but don’t go rushing off to back him yet. There’s more…

Chelsea beat Die Knappen 3-0 home and away last season, despite manager Jose Mourinho’s palpable frustration with centre-forward trio Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres. They combined to grab five of the six goals.

Mourinho’s not crowing about ‘old men’ any more, and Costa looks set to face a Schalke side who have lost three and drawn one of four fixtures this term, with their last match resulting in a 4-1 win for Borussia Monchengladbach. Costa must be licking his lips.

More? Okay, how about…seven goals in his first five Champions League games for Atletico Madrid last season, with another coming in the semi-final against his current employers?

Or the fact that 14 of Costa’s 35 all-competition strikes last term were part of multi-goal hauls?

Get on while you can.

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Alex Fortune