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How the Premier League's top scorers fared in Chelsea's match with Everton

Published 05/11/2016

Chelsea's Diego Costa (right) celebrates as he scores his ninth goal of the season
Chelsea's Diego Costa (right) celebrates as he scores his ninth goal of the season

On Saturday evening the Premier League's top goalscorers Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku found themselves pitted against each other for the first time this season.

Lukaku, formerly of Chelsea, was aiming to show the Blues what they were missing and Costa looked to continue his run of impressive form.

Here, the Press Association's Helen Rowe-Willcocks looks at how the pair faired at Stamford Bridge.

BUILD-UP

Since leaving Chelsea in July 2014, Lukaku has become a force to be reckoned with at Everton and unsurprisingly the build-up to Saturday's late kick-off focused on him and his successor up front, Costa. Lukaku left the Blues just 15 days after then manager Jose Mourinho, signed Costa on a five-year-deal. He has since scored 52 goals in 103 appearances for Everton.

Current manager Antonio Conte was interested in re-signing the Toffees' front man but Lukaku chose to stay at Goodison Park where he has become a permanent fixture in the starting XI and a fan favourite. This season both forwards have started strongly for their sides with Lukaku scoring seven and Costa eight before the game.

PRESENCE

Lukaku started strongly, shrugging off a challenge by Ross Barkley to get a shot on goal early on. Despite the bright start, the 23-year-old struggled to play a large part in the game as Chelsea pushed further up the pitch.

For a few worrying moments it looked as if Costa was not going to make the 10 minute mark after a nasty challenge saw him receive treatment but it was not long until he was back to his usual self, troubling the Everton defence and winning a free-kick for his side.

There is a dramatic difference in Lukaku and Costa's style of play. The Everton front man is a strong presence up front and appears to enjoy challenging defenders to take him on whereas the Chelsea striker plays with more tricks and sometimes goes down at the slightest touch.

GOAL THREAT

Today was not Lukaku's day and it was not completely his fault. Chelsea, who have gone top of the table with the victory, had one of their strongest displays of the season and Everton struggled to get the ball away from their defence, which meant Lukaku and Yannick Bolasie fed on scraps.

The more Chelsea pressed, the better Costa got. His passion for the game appears to have returned - there were less theatrics and backchat and a more rounded show. The Spanish international got the Blues' third goal - as soon as the ball found him in the box, it was clear he was not going to miss.

OVERALL PERFORMANCE

Whilst it was clear that Costa had the better performance overall, that is not to say Lukaku had a poor one. He, and the other Everton players, were simply outclassed by an impressive Chelsea performance.

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