EPL 2016/17: Chelsea 2-0 Hull City, 5 Talking Points

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League

Absent from Chelsea's 3-0 win at Leicester City amid reports he had been unsettled by an offer from China, Costa celebrated his opener on Sunday with a hand gesture suggestive of media chatter.

It was the returning Diego Costa who opened the scoring for the Blues late in injury time of the first half when he buried a Victor Moses cross into the net. "That they are top of the league now is not a great surprise because they have the advantage of not playing European football".

Lacking a crystal ball of our own, we're keen to hear the opinions of our Chelsea readers. One had the feeling yesterday, though, that if anyone was going to do something extraordinary, it was going to be Diego Costa. Let us know your thoughts by partaking in the poll below...

Star striker Costa fell out with boss Antonio Conte recently after having his head turned by a near £600,000-a-week pay packet on offer from Chinese Super League teams Jiangsu Suning and Tianjin Quanjian.

There is always an element of luck to a title victory, and it seems Chelsea have it when they need it. Marco Silva's side were unfortunate with the penalty incident, but it has to be said that Chelsea looked set for a victory despite the incident. But later on, the London rivals Tottenham overtrumped Chelsea with the same strategy.

"Costa has a contract [until 2019] and Chelsea have to make it understandable that this the right club and he has a contract and he should do his job".

Super-agent Jorge Mendes has been in contact with Chelsea over Diego Costa
GETTY Super-agent Jorge Mendes has been in contact with Chelsea over Diego Costa

Earlier in London, 10-man Arsenal beat Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium in a match where both sides scored penalties in stoppage time.

"In my experience, in my career as a footballer, I once won and once lost a title when we had a seven-point lead four games from the end of the season", he added.

"There are still a lot of big games, important games, so we have to stay together and finish well". He provides something that no other Chelsea player can provide: true dominance as a complete centre forward. So, clearly, it was huge mistake considered by the Hull defence. Few of the players including Hazard, Azpilicueta, Kante, Pedro, Matic have been featuring from the very beginning of the league and expectations on them is too much high.

Chelsea's next Premier League games - following Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Brentford - are at Liverpool on January 31 and at home to Arsenal on February 4.

"I hope to adapt as quickly as possible in the first contact I have with the game".

SC Gov. Nikki Haley's confirmation hearing to become United Nations ambassador
And asked about the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines' war on drugs, Haley said the practice violates basic human rights. HALEY: What I'll tell you is Russian Federation is trying to show their muscle right now.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Can Patriots carry over success vs. Steelers defense to the Falcons?
Jan 25, 2017 - 12:29
The Steelers had a good year, and they got further than many expected back when they were 4-5 and scuffling around their bye week. While the offense led the National Football League with 33.8 points per game, the defense ranked 27th in points allowed.

Williams praises opponent after quarter-final win
Jan 25, 2017 - 09:33
Mouratoglou has been struck by the rapid progress 25-year-old Konta has made in the last two years. "She's been playing so well". Pressure or not, Williams is arguably the greatest ever, and she finished the match with four straight points in the final game.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Eleven killed in powerful USA storms; Georgia declares state of emergency
Jan 24, 2017 - 10:46
Loose outdoor items should be brought inside or secured to prevent them from becoming risky projectiles should a severe storm hit. Four people died after a tornado with winds above 136 miles per hour tore a 25-mile path across southern MS before dawn Saturday.

Klopp reveals Liverpool's 'long meeting' after Swansea
Jan 24, 2017 - 10:43
It is not as though we are a team at the bottom of the league that has to defend 80% or 90% of the time . That can come from set-plays or from crosses. "I want to keep him".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rooney breaks Sir Bobby Charlton's record with stunner vs. Stoke
Jan 23, 2017 - 09:12
Wayne Rooney has become the highest goalscorer in the Manchester United after scoring a thumping free-kick against Stoke City. On the scale of Rooney's achievement, Joyce added: "To be fair, he doesn't need people like me talking about him".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top AFC championship game: Pittsburgh Steelers v New England Patriots
Jan 23, 2017 - 06:40
There was a dropped pass in the end zone and two failures inside the New England 10-yard line that kept points off the scoreboard. I really believed the NFC and AFC Championship Games would be closer - especially given the quality of the four quarterbacks.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top What NFL Playoff Games are on TV Today, January 22?
Jan 23, 2017 - 05:15
A quick glance at the four remaining teams in this year's NFL Playoffs , however, reveals having a great quarterback trumps all. For New England , LeGarrette Blount will be the working horse on the ground as he posted 1161 and 18 touchdowns in 299 yards.

Pochettino says he won't sign replacement for injured Vertonghen
Jan 22, 2017 - 10:29
City made a flying start under the Spaniard, winning their first 10 games in all competitions, but have won only nine of 22 since. They had a team with Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, unbelievable players.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The Bonkers Things You Missed At The People's Choice Awards 2017
Jan 21, 2017 - 09:29
The group were also celebrating their Favorite Group award, which they picked up for a second year in a row. The good deeds of Tyler Perry were literally - and I've memorized a lot of dialogue - I couldn't do it.

New Gambian President Barrow Says Wants UK as 'Number One' Partner
Jan 21, 2017 - 09:29
New Gambian President Adama Barrow confirmed on Friday evening via his Twitter account that Jammeh agreed to leave. If the regional force is going to arrest Jammeh, it will have to be there, the official said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Consumer agency sues student loan servicer Navient
Jan 21, 2017 - 09:27
Even so, play it safe and double-check your loan statements to be sure your payments are being applied according to your wishes. The income-based repayment plans set monthly payments at a percentage of the borrower's discretionary income.

The Latest Spurs Injury News
Jan 21, 2017 - 08:03
Overall though, Pochettino is likely to not make any changes to the starting lineup given the good run the team is on. Pochettino beat Guardiola's Barcelona during the Argentine's debut campaign at Espanyol in 2009.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Oil prices edge up on tightening market
Jan 20, 2017 - 06:03
As such, the resurgence of oil production from different parts of the world will take the wind out of the sails of the OPEC deal. The data also showed much larger-than-expected builds in gasoline with inventories of the motor fuel on the U.S.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Melania Trump Goes With A New York Designer for First Inaugural Outfit
Jan 20, 2017 - 06:00
The amusing thing is, the designer designed the three unbelievable pantsuits worn by Hillary Clinton at the presidential debates. Wow, No. 2 doesn't realize Trump can not even keep a marriage, so I don't think your love affair will last, either.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump EPA pick expresses doubts on climate, defends oil industry funding
Jan 20, 2017 - 05:49
He was quoted in a Montana newspaper as saying that manmade climate change was "not a hoax, but it's not proven science either". Kennedy does not believe Pruitt will be able to shut down the agency - but he could cut funding and limit its effectiveness.