Are you convinced that referees and their assistants have ‘got it in for’ your favourite football team? That certain teams always get away with offences when pitched against you? Well, now we are able to settle the debate. If you are a fan of West Ham it seems you may have a valid point.
The stats in The Book, a new study by betting company BetVictor, has analysed the disciplinary records of Premier League teams over the past five seasons and found that West Ham grab the attention of officials the most, with the club receiving the lowest fouls per card ratio of any side in the top flight.
West Ham players receive a card for every 5.48 fouls the team makes, with Burnley not far behind on a booking for every 5.64 fouls made.
Interestingly, Arsenal have the third worst fouls per card ratio at a card for every 5.79 fouls, way ahead of their top six rivals.
At the other end of the spectrum, Liverpool commit the highest number of fouls for every caution at 7.72, with Jurgen Klopp’s men on average earning 10 fewer cards per season than any other regular opponent. Brighton are the only other side to commit over seven fouls before receiving a booking at 7.38, with Everton having the third best fouls per card ratio at 6.92.
Overall, Manchester United commit the most fouls per season compared with any other side in the division at 445.8 per season, while Liverpool and Manchester City commit the fewest at 367.6 and 367.8 respectively.
What of the other London teams? Fulham rank sixth on the list while Crystal Palace lie plumb in the middle with Chelsea right behind them. Three places further back you will find Spurs.
The disciplinary records for all Premier League teams (except Leeds) over the past five full seasons can be found below.
|Team||Average cards per season||Average fouls per season||Average fouls per card|
|West Ham United||68.8||377.2||5.48|
|West Bromwich Albion||71.7||427||5.96|
|*No data for Leeds United*|