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Victory Through Harmony
By Walter Broeckx
After my first article on fouls I went a step further and have a look at the yellow cards the teams have received in the EPL this season.
The first thing I did was see how many yellow cards were handed out and made an average for each team on how many cards they get in a game.
|Team||Games played||Yellow cards||Average/game|
The team that has received most yellow cards this season is Aston Villa with 50 cards in total. And just behind them in second place we have Manchester City with 49 and then Newcastle completes the top 3 with 48. And then we can find some other teams who we can expect high in the list like Stoke, Bolton and Wigan.
Again Arsenal is in a mid table position. Fulham and Everton are the teams who get the lowest cards and end on the same number when it comes to average yellow cards per game.
Now this is all nice but one cannot draw any conclusions from this. But when you add the fouls a team has made you get a more interesting table. So let us have a look at this.
|Team||Games played||Total fouls made||Yellow cards||Fouls/card|
In this table one should be able to see how bad a foul is. As in the first table making a foul like a push is counted in the same way as making a tackle from behind. But in this table one should be able to see if the fouls that has been made are dirtier or not.
And for the first three teams this makes no difference. They commit a lot of fouls, get a lot of yellow cards for them and this could mean that they are playing more dirty. And one can see that some teams end up higher in this table and the higher you end the “dirtier” your fouls are.
And so we can see that Tottenham despite committing not many fouls end up higher in this table. So the fouls they make are considered worse in general than Arsenal. We fall back a bit in this table and this means that we make a mid table number of fouls but they are more little fouls than dirty fouls.
One of the most surprising things is that Everton who ended in 3rd place in the average fouls per game table ends in last place in this table. This could mean that they do make a lot of fouls but that they are small fouls. Or that the refs consider them that way. Let us have a look at this next week I would suggest when we play them. Prepare yourself for a lot of fouls, most of them small ones.
Finally I will give you the red cards table.
|Team||Games played||Red Cards|
I just left it like that and didn’t count an average per game. As this would be a little bit silly when no team gets more than one red card per game.
But when you look at this table you can see some strange things. West Bromwich ends in first place and this is a bit of a surprise for me. I never considered them a dirty team.
And look at us in second place with the rich boys from City. 5 red cards is a high result. And what a low result for Manchester United. From the games I have seen from them I can add that they should have had Fletcher and Ferdinand sent off against us. A defender should have been send off against Villa when he made a penalty foul on a Villa player who was going through on goal. Dean gave a yellow card. We can remember Neville against WBA who brought a player down in the penalty area who was clear on goal ready to score. The ref gave nothing at all. And maybe I even forgot a few other events of this type.
So if you take just those things in consideration one can see that in fact this table is in the hands of the refs and not down to following the rules like it should be. The refs can have a big influence on the results of games by giving or not giving red cars. And I really don’t mind if one of our players gets a red card when it is deserved but then I would like to see it happen for everyone in the same way.
Maybe I should end this series of articles by taking off my hat for Fulham. Played 24 games, lowest in the yellow cards table, no red cards so far. But maybe they have been extremely lucky with their refs. Or maybe they simply try not to go over the line.
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