Last season ultimately belonged to Leicester City. The unlikely dream, constantly told their form “wouldn’t last” but by the end it felt like everyone in world football was desperately willing them to reach the finish line in first place. Well, everyone except for Tottenham Hotspur and their fans. It was unthinkable for the side tipped for relegation to run away with the title. The little Leicester that could. Of course this current campaign has seen Leicester revert to type, or maybe they’re simply suffering from a title victory hangover. Dreams of a competing for the crown again, despite holding onto nearly all of their star players with the exception of N’Golo Kante, have quickly been forgotten and relegation is a much more likely outcome than finishing near the top. They do, however, have a Champions League knockout round tie to deal with.
A week from now, Diego Costa may still be a Chelsea player; he may also very well be off to the Chinese Super League by then. The beauty insanity of the transfer market — and a volatile figure like Costa, in particular — is that no one knows which path he’ll take. After being made to train on his own on Monday, the best anyone can tell you is, “It’s 50-50.” There aren’t many sides in the world that could stand to lose the league’s top goal-scorer (14 goals in 19 appearances this season; Chelsea have played 21 games) and still win the league title, but Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes that the current Blues squad is one that could hold onto its seven-point lead with 17 games remaining —
Players in English football found guilty of diving could face retrospective bans from the Football Association, The Times newspaper reported Tuesday. In neighbouring Scotland, players can receive a two-match ban if they are found to have won a significant advantage for their team by tricking the referee by diving or simulation. The Times reported the FA are set to send a delegation to Scotland to study the rule.