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TEAM NEWS: Diego Costa returns to Chelsea starting XI

18:34 EAT 22/01/2017
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The Blues striker is back in the starting line up as his team looks to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table

Diego Costa has returned to the starting XI for Chelsea after missing the 3-0 win over Leicester City last time out with speculation rife after an offer from Chinese Super League club, Tianjin Quanjian.

Chelsea's leading scorer comes up against one of the Premier League's relegation favourites as his side welcome Hull City to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, on Sunday. 

The 28-year-old has 14 goals this season, and needs a goal to retain his status as one of the league's leading scorers after Alexis Sanchez's last minute penalty, as Antonio Conte drops Willian out of the team to accommodate his returning striker. 

Conte has kept the rest of his starting line up the same with his team in good form, despite a loss to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, a few weeks back. Chelsea are five points clear at the top of the table and a win could see them go eight points clear as they chase the title.