Always a controversial figure, there is no doubting that Diego Costa is one of the most potent strikers in the European football. After making his name with Atletico Madrid, the Brazilian-born Spanish international moved to Chelsea in 2014 but after three eventual seasons in England, Costa is back with Atleti.
Atletico Madrid are always featured heavily by the live TV schedulers and so, Costa is often the subject of some enhanced odds deals from around the sportsbooks.
At the age of 29, Diego Costa has already played for eight different clubs, starting with Braga in Portugal. That list includes a number of loan spells as he looked for a settled place in any side but after making his professional debut in 2006, Atletico Madrid saw his potential and brought the forward to Spain a year later.
It wasn’t until 2010 however that Costa really started to prove his worth as a front man. In his second spell at Atleti, he scored 43 goals in 94 league games and started to attract the attention of some of the biggest sides in Europe.
Chelsea eventually took the plunge and brought the striker to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth £32 Million. His physical style of play has given some unwanted attention but Costa maintained a similar goals to games ratio while becoming a fans favourite in West London.
However, amongst constant reports of him falling out with different managers, Diego Costa was frozen out at Stamford Bridge and after an unhappy end to his playing days in West London, his is back and scoring goals at Atletico Madrid once again.
Controversy has also surrounded an international career where Diego Costa has played for two different countries. Born in Brazil, he appeared for the nation of his birth twice in 2013 but was later given Spanish nationality and made the switch a year later.
With strikers ahead of him, Costa has only played 24 times for Spain by the end of the 2018 World Cup, scoring ten times but he is always in and around the squad and still has time to add to that tally.
Recent Scoring Record
Here is Diego Costa’s scoring record from over the course of the last few completed seasons.
|Season||Domestic League: La Liga, Premier League||Domestic Cup – Copa Del Rey, FA Cup||Champions League|
|2017/18||3 goals in 15 games||2 goals in 3 games||2 goals in 5 games|
|2016/17||20 goals in 35 games||2 goals in 3 games||0 goals in 0 games|
|2015/16||12 goals in 28 games||2 goals in 5 games||2 goals in 8 games|
|2014/15||20 goals in 26 games||1 goal in 4 games||0 goals in 7 games|
|2013/14||27 goals in 35 games||1 goal in 8 games||8 goals in 9 games|
Those are interesting stats for a number of reasons but many will see that in 2015/16 Costa’s record was a relatively poor one, as was Chelsea’s overall season. In 2016/17 he was improving again however and was a pivotal figure as the Blues won the Premier League title.
2017/18 was a slow season for Diego Costa but after settling at Aleti following his protracted transfer he should be back on the goal trail again for 2018/19 and beyond.
Types of Enhanced Offer
The enhanced offers surrounding Diego Costa will be very familiar to those that have seen them issued for other players. As an example, during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Ladbrokes were leading the way with a new customer offer with enhanced odds for an any time goal.
Elsewhere, Winner Sports, Coral and 888Sport are among a number of bookmakers who have published Diego Costa price boosts.
Most of these surround his goal scoring exploits but Coral once gave a 33/1 new customer price on the striker to get a yellow card in a game!
Costa’s problems with Chelsea began in January 2017 when he reportedly fell out with Chelsea and manager Antonio Conte over an alleged move to China. That failed to materialise and the striker quickly returned to the squad but talk of a move away from London continued until he finally signed on with Atletico Madrid in 2018.
It’s likely that Costa moves on again, China could be his final destination but there would be plenty of interest, particularly through other clubs in Spain where he really made his name at club level. For now, he remains an Atletico Madrid player and while that continues, the price boosts will keep flooding in.