Radamel Falcao set for first Chelsea start at Walsall

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Diego Costa will miss Chelsea's trip to Walsall in the Capital One Cup tonight as he begins a three-game ban for violent conduct.

The Spanish striker was retrospectively punished for his role in an altercation with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny, and will miss Premier League matches against Newcastle United and Southampton.

Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy are available in the absence of the 26-year-old, and according to the Daily Mail, the Columbian forward will be given his chance to shine tonight at the Bescot Stadium.


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Falcao has scored one goal in five substitute appearances for the Blues, and will hope to give Jose Mourinho food for though with a good display, albeit against a weaker opposition.

A strong performance tonight could see the AS Monaco loanee given the nod for the trip to Newcastle this weekend. However, a poor display could see him demoted back to the bench against Remy's former club.

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Costa produced his best showing of the season in the 2-0 win against their North London rivals and his physical presence will be missed.

The 29-year-old is still to prove his ability in England following a disastrous spell with Manchester United.

Many Chelsea fans will be hoping Falcao can find the form that made him one of Europe's top strikers.

However, a series of long-term injuries appear to have taken their toll on the Columbian.

He is no longer the forward that put Chelsea to the sword in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup and does not appear to have the ability to lead the line for the defending champions.

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