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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.

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.

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