With 11 games left to play, the current Premier League season is definitely over. So it’s definitely time to start taking stock of it. So let’s take a look at the teams that have picked up the most and least cards.
Wolves, Leeds United and Crystal Palace have issued the most cards, while all three teams are also at the very top in terms of fouls. Leeds United have averaged 12.4 fouls per game this league season, Wolves 12.2 and Crystal Palace 11.8.
However, Wolves have not been able to keep it at bay at all as they have picked up 6 red cards so far. While other teams have got to a maximum of 3 reds.
The case of Brighton is very interesting in this regard, as they were the 8th most fouling team in the league – an average of 11.1 per game, the same as Manchester United. Only, while the Red Devils cashed 76 yellow cards and 2 red cards (both Casemiro), Brighton didn’t see a single red card and only 55 yellow ones.
The least fouling team then was Manchester City – an average of 9.2 per game, the same as Brentford. Only after that was West Ham – an average of 9.5 – who saw only 43 yellow cards from referees and are the cleanest playing team in the Premier League this season.
Also, all 4 teams that had the highest number of ball possession – Manchester City 61.9%, Brighton 57.6%, Liverpool 57.5% and Arsenal 57.3%, were logically teams that don’t foul as often and therefore are among the cleanest playing teams in this ranking of ours.
West Ham’s clean play is all the more to be appreciated, as the Hammers were the third least clean playing team after Nottingham (37.3%) and Bournemouth (39.5%) with an average of 41.5% ball possession per game.
1.Wolves – 84 yellows, 6 reds
2.Leeds – 81 yellows, 3 reds
3. Crystal Palace – 80 yellows, 3 reds
4. Chelsea-76 yellow, 3 red
5.Everton – 78 yellow, 2 red
6. Nottingham Forest – 82 yellow
7. Tottenham – 75 yellow, 3 red
8. Manchester United – 76 yellow, 2 red
9.Fulham – 78 yellow, 1 red
10. Aston Villa – 76 yellow
11.Southampton – 73 yellow
12.Bournemouth – 66 yellow
13. Newcastle – 62 yellow, 1 red
14.Leicester – 58 yellow, 2 red
15.Liverpool – 55 yellow, 1 red
16. Brighton – 55 yellow
17.Brentford – 51 yellow, 1 red
18. Arsenal – 52 yellow
19.Manchester City – 45 yellow
20.West Ham – 43 yellow
Source: Premier League, Mirror, Fotmob
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