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Costa set for Chelsea clash against West Brom

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hopes having injury-hit Diego Costa fit will give them a boost against West Brom this afternoon.

It's the first of eight games in 24 days for the Blues - a prospect Mourinho has referred to as a 'beautiful' period - and will be a testing time for Premier League new boy Costa. The 26 year old missed Spain's international fixtures over the past fortnight battling hamstring and groin issues.

Mourinho said: "I always think that the Christmas period for players doing it for the first time in their career is more difficult. The English players, or those who have been here for many, many years, are more physically and, especially, more mentally adapted and prepared to cope with that incredible marathon of football we have to face."

Chelsea go into this afternoon's match at the top of the table. Kick off is at 3pm.

Elsewhere in the top flight this afternoon, West Ham are away to Everton and QPR travel to Newcastle.

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Giroud could be fit for Gunners showdown with Man Utd

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud could return from injury for this evening's game against Manchester United.

The 28 year old has been out for three-month after breaking his leg in the closing stages of the 2-2 draw against Everton on August 23.

Manager Arsene Wenger said the France international could be in contention for tonight's game.

The Gunners are sixth in the Premier League going in to the game. Kick off is at 5.30pm.

Fans back plans to for Queens Park Rangers move

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Multi-million pound plans for a new stadium for Queens Park Rangers have gained the backing of thousands of fans. The club wants to moved its base from Loftus Road to Old Oak Common.

The proposals include building 24,000 homes and community facilities. and could create around 55,000 jobs.

The club launched a consultation on the plans and had more than 3,000 responses.88 per cent of those agreed with the QPR's visit for the Old Oak site and 88 per cent supported Old Oak as the new home for the club.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said the consultation was just the first step of the project and the club will continue to work with the community.

Spurs beat Aston Villa 2-1

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Tottenham Hotspur beat Aston Villa 2-1 away at Villa Park. Andreas Weimann's goal had given Villa the lead 15 minutes in but Christian Benteke was sent off in the second half sparking a Spurs revival. They scored two goals in six minutes Nacer Chadli equalised in the 84th minute with Harry Kane netting the winner.

Watford appoint Oscar Garcia as new head coach

Watford have appointed Oscar Garcia as their new head coach following the resignation of Beppe Sannino.

Oscar Garcia has been appointed as the new Watford manager. Credit: PA Wire

Garcia, who took Brighton into the play-offs last season, will take over with the club second in the Championship.

Watford said they had beaten off competition from "several high-profile English clubs" to secure Garcia's services.

Sannino, who only took over in December, stepped down after Saturday's 4-2 win over Huddersfield, saying he had "gone as far as I can" in the role.

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