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Hiddink backs Costa to become cool customer

Published 19/03/2016

Chelsea's interim manager Guus Hiddink
Chelsea's interim manager Guus Hiddink

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has spoken to Diego Costa after his dismissal at Everton and hopes the striker can learn to control his volatile temper.

Costa, who has scored 11 goals in his last 16 games, was sent off for the first time as a Chelsea player in last week's FA Cup loss at Goodison Park and will miss today's Premier League clash with West Ham through suspension.

He had until Thursday at 6pm to respond to a charge of improper conduct following his reaction to being shown red by referee Michael Oliver.

Costa avoided further sanctions. He had no case to answer over a half-time gesture and was absolved of a bite on Gareth Barry after the Everton midfielder insisted nothing untoward had happened during their altercation.

Premier League fixtures (3pm today unless stated): Chelsea v West Ham United, Crystal Palace v Leicester, Everton v Arsenal (12:45pm), Swansea City v Aston Villa (5.30pm), Watford v Stoke City, West Brom v Norwich City.

Tomorrow (4pm unless stated): Manchester City v Manchester United, Newcastle United v Sunderland (1.30pm), Southampton v Liverpool (1.30pm), Tottenham v Bournemouth.

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