Stats show Chelsea’s Diego Costa committed less fouls than Man United forward

Chelsea striker Diego Costa doesn't make the top 10 in terms of strikers who have committed the most fouls

Diego Costa secures 16th spot in Oulala's list of dirtiest strikers Photo: Oulala

Diego Costa hit the headlines again this week after he ruffled a few feathers before the Chelsea striker scored a late winner in a 2-1 victory over West Ham United.

The Blues forward picked up a first-half booking for dissent before the 27-year-old walked a disciplinary tightrope for the remainder of the London derby.

Costa was a tad fortunate to avoid a sending off after the Spanish star caught West Ham goalkeeper Adrian in the second half at Stamford Bridge.

However, Fantasy Football game Oulala have taken a look at the Premier League’s dirtiest forwards – and surprisingly Costa comes in a lowly 16th.

Examining which strikers have committed the most fouls this year, Southampton’s Shane Long has been penalised 30 times for an indiscretion.

Watford captain Troy Deeney comes in second with 28 fouls and unsurprisingly, West Ham’s physical Andy Carroll is third with 27 fouls.

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However, Manchester United supporters will be surprised to learn that Anthony Martial secures fourth spot after he has been penalised 26 times.

As for Costa, the Chelsea man doesn’t even make the top 10 as his 20 fouls earns the controversial striker 16th spot.

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