I DON'T know who was more shocked last week when Diego Costa was benched v Schalke – me or the Chelsea hitman.
Costa's face wore a bemused grin for 75 minutes as he watched Didier Drogba struggle against the Germans in the Champions League opener.
And I wasn't best pleased having tipped him to score. In fact the only person happy with the situation was Blues boss Jose Mourinho whose selection policy made it clear he's making the Premier League his priority this season.
And Mourinho – and Costa – will be all smiles tomorrow if Chelsea beat their closest title rivals Man City. The Portuguese says his star man isn't 100 per cent fit but after seven goals in his first four Premier League games he will start.
Last season Jose did a number on his rival Manuel Pellegrini with a 1-0 win at Etihad but City had the last laugh as they overhauled a slow-finishing London side.
Chelsea, with the likes of Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and Loic Remy, look stronger this season and are hot title favourites ahead of the Blues.
Having tipped Chelsea – and Costa to top score – at the start of the season and victory will give them a bit of daylight even at this early stage.
There are three other Premier League games on Sunday and on the face of it all look wins for the favourites.
Everton take on Crystal Palace, Spurs tackle West Brom and Man Utd travel to Leicester.
Let's start with Man Utd who look back on the road to the top four. They were super in last week's 4-0 trouncing of QPR and now have the firepower to go to places like Leicester and be confident of winning.
Leicester have netted in 17 consecutive home matches and with the jury still out on United's defence a good bet is both to score at 31-40 with BetVictor.
However, I'll be firmly on the United side and they look decent enough value at 4-6 with most firms.
Spurs left most of their main men at home when they visited Partizan Belgrade for their Europa League clash so there should be no worries about fitness when they entertain struggling West Brom.
Everton were also in Euro action last Thursday but they were at home and picked up a confidence-boosting 4-1 win against Wolfsburg.
Man Utd (1.30pm)
(6-4, Ladbrokes, McBookie)
Costa to score first