Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas can break records at Chelsea

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Sevens games into their new league campaign, and with six wins and a draw under their belt already, the summer transfer business of Chelsea's José Mourinho is the envy of the nation, as the club go in search of their fourth Premier League title.

Two of Chelsea's summer acquisitions have outshone the rest, forming a formidable attacking partnership for west London's table-toppers.

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Goals aplenty

Spaniards Cesc Fàbregas and Diego Costa carry the hopes and dreams of the Chelsea faithful on their shoulders, with the Blues' success potentially hinging on the long-term form of this newfound partnership. This is an in-depth look at their figures so far this term.

The most obvious statistic is goals scored. Former Barcelona star and midfield maestro Fàbregas is yet to score in the Premier League since his £27m return to London, but in his debut season in England, Diego Costa has, on nine occasions, no less.

Costa has scored on average one goal every 65 minutes he has spent in the fray so far this term, despite being yet to recover from a hamstring injury suffered at the back end of last season.

The powerhouse forward also averages a goal every 2.4 attempts, as well as maintaining an average of one goal from every other shot on target. Regardless of Costa's unbelievable start to life in England, anyone on the planet would struggle to keep up such fine form for a whole season, but the statistics do point towards the potential success of the coming months.


In terms of creativity, very few men in the world can match Fàbregas' current form. Having already racked up seven assists - half of Gerrard's table-topping total of 14 last term - Fabregas could well be in the hunt for a record-shattering number assists this term.

The ex-Arsenal man has created 22 chances for his Chelsea colleagues, with an additional 15 key passes to his name too. Adding to his incredible creative stats, Fabregas has completed 500 passes out of 556 attempted so far this season, a completion rate of approximately 90 percent.

Similarly to Costa, Fabregas may be unable to keep up this sensational form all season-long, but that does not mean that this won't be a record-breaking season for the Spaniard.

Other attributes

Between them, the £59 million Spanish duo have completed a respectable 17 take-ons, with Fabregas contributing eight and Costa the other nine. Costa is also a menace in the air, winning 13 aerial duels at a rate of 45 percent and converting two headed opportunities.

Also at 45 percent, Fabregas may have an identical rate to Costa, but he has only won just over a third of the duels, with five overall. Fàbregas excels in other aspects too, namely pass length, averaging 17.6m, spraying balls long and short to his Chelsea comrades with an air of ease about him.

Fàbregas has received criticism from the likes of Gary Neville for his lack of defensive conviction, but has intercepted opposition sides on no less than seven occasions.

Records to be broken

It is a common statement that the 'stats don't lie' and this occasion is little different. Although neither player will maintain their incredible form for the length of this season, but their early form and figures serve as examples of what Chelsea fans can expect, with several records in danger of being smashed by this fearsome partnership.

Fabregas has already claimed one record, becoming the first man to assist in six consecutive Premier League games and will be going for an all-time assist record.

As has Costa who became the first man to score nine times in his first seven Premier League fixtures and will be in the hunt for the Premier League and European Golden Boots this term.

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