Diego Costa tipped to start against Sporting Lisbon

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is expected to start Diego Costa against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

As reported by The Guardian, Mourinho is weighing up whether to start the Spain international in the club's last group match.

After the 2-1 defeat to Newcastle at St James' Park on Saturday afternoon, Mourinho admitted that the forward's match fitness needed to improve after an injury hit start to his Chelsea career. The Chelsea manager said Costa must 'improve his condition' following the loss to the Magpies.

Typically Mourinho has looked to rest Costa when possible but he may change his approach and play the Spaniard tomorrow night to get him up to speed after struggling with hamstring issues.

Chelsea have already progressed to the knockout round of the Champions League, but the chance to give Costa more minutes on the pitch may play into Mourinho's thinking.

The Blues should still rest several players for the match, with the report suggesting Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas could be two stars given a night off at Stamford Bridge.

His hot start, Costa scored seven goals in four Premier League games, has since cooled down with the former-Atletico forward missing the recent Tottenham win through suspension before returning against Newcastle. But suspension and injury have forced him to miss key time in training and on match-day.

Sporting to play for place

Sporting should provide a strong test for the Blues, as the Portuguese side still have plenty to play for in the competition.

A win against Chelsea will push Sporting into the knockout round regardless of Schalke's result against NK Maribor although a draw or loss for Sporting and a win for Schalke could complicate matters.

Chelsea are unbeaten through five games, having conceded just two goals so far.

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