Breaking new”The only way Chelsea can clinch the top four is to try and maintain three essential players in there team”- Ex Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin could not help but express his admiration for Chelsea sensational star and urge Pochettino to never bench them if really he’s desperate be at the top four this season

Why former favourite Dion Dublin wants Aston Villa to stop Diego Costa’s Chelsea scoring streak

Former Aston Villa favourite Dion Dublin wants his old club to stop Chelsea’s Diego Costa eclipsing his scorching scoring start this weekend.

Dublin had some fun at Costa’s expense on Twitter earlier this month when he reminded the goal-getting Spaniard of his own prolific streak.

Costa has been an instant hit at the Stamford Bridge club with seven goals in his first four Premier League games following his move from Atletico Madrid.

But Dublin cheekily tweeted that his initial goals record was even better when he joined Villa from Coventry in the autumn of 1998 with seven goals in three matches.

While it took Costa 332 minutes to hit a magnificent seven, Dublin did it in 262 minutes of action.

What I might do is send him one of my finishing course downloads to have a look at #hewillpickitup #itseasytofollow” quipped Dublin.

Villa fans will have fond memories of Dublin’s stunning strikerate after John Gregory signed him from the Sky Blues for £5.75 million.

He scored two goals in a 3-2 debut win over Spurs, then hit a hat-trick in a 4-1 success at Southampton before bagging another brace in a 4-2 home defeat to Liverpool.

Costa, meanwhile, has stormed to seven goals with singles in 3-1 and 2-0 wins over Burnley and Leicester, a double in the 6-3 win at Everton and a treble in a 4-2 victory over Swansea, before drawing a blank in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City.

Dublin won the race to seven, but it took him seven games to get his eighth (and ninth) goals, when he scored twice in a 3-2 victory over Arsenal in December 1998 – the last time Villa beat the Gunners at Villa Park.

Third-placed Villa visit Jose Mourinho’s table toppers at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

To ensure Costa takes at least seven games to beat seven goals, Dublin needs Paul Lambert’s claret and blues to shut out the £32 million goal machine on his sixth Premier League appearance this weekend.

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