Sam Allardyce warns defence about Diego Costa threat for Chelsea

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has made it clear to his defence not to get involved with Diego Costa as they host Chelsea.

As a tough defender in his day, Allardyce is sure to have some sound advice for his men as they come up against the division’s top scorer, as well as its top team, at the Boleyn Ground this evening.

Allardyce advice

“I think trying to wind Costa up only makes him better - which is a silly thing to do,” said Allardyce, whilst speaking to the media.

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“He’s an old-fashioned type of centre-forward because he seems to like getting motivated on the physical and niggle aspect of it all. I’ve told them (central defenders) not to get involved in that and get distracted”

Chelsea currently sit five points clear at the top of the league with a game still in hand. Second place Manchester City welcomed Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium, hoping to recover from their disappointing 2-1 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.

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Consistency is key

With no fresh injury concerns for Jose Mourinho to contend with besides Jon Obi Mikel, and Nemanja Matic serving the last game of his ban; a similar Chelsea team to that which faced Tottenham in the Capital One Cup final can be expected, although Juan Cuadrado, Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis are all knocking on the door for recalls.

The Hammers hold a terrible record over their London rivals, winning just one of their last 17 meetings; can they improve on that tonight?

Will Diego Costa get on the scoresheet tonight? Give us your score predictions below…

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