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  1. goonersince72
    7 July 2020

    Just tired of it. When they won the league I believe they had 12 goals from PK’s and Vardy probably had 10,lol. Kavanaugh today. Does anyone know if he’s been in charge of AFC v LC recently?


  2. Nitram
    7 July 2020


    As you and others may recall, because I’ve talked about it quite often here on UA previously, I first started looking at this fouls to cards ratio over 15 years ago, early in Rileys Pigmob reign, when I felt we were being treated a lot more harshly than our direct opponents, such as Man Utd.

    I used to use the old ‘Fair Play’ table in the Sun which used the rudimentary method of 1 point for a yellow and 2 for a red card. Back then the average was a card around every 7.5 fouls. It did vary from season to season slightly but not much. We were often getting a card at around 5.5 fouls. I didn’t have any tackle data.

    So assuming your figures are correct……


    528 Tackles
    308 Fouls
    72 Yellows

    A foul every 1.7 tackles

    A card every 4.5 Fouls


    655 Tackles
    308 Fouls
    37 Yellows

    A foul every 2.12 tackles.

    A card every 8.32 Fouls.

    ….then we should be worried.

    As you say, Leicester’s figures are quite odd, being more leniently treated in both tackles to fouls and fouls to cards, than Arsenal.

    But what I draw from the fouls to cards data is more about just how harshly Arsenal are treated rather than how leniently Leicester are treated.

    If these figures are correct and we are getting carded at a yellow every 4.5 fouls that is even worse than back when I first did this all those years ago.

    If the average for the PL is still around a card every 7.5 fouls then to be on 4.5 means we are again being royally turned over. Leicester on the other hand, whilst a card every 8.32 fouls is lenient and bellow average, it is not extreme.

    If your figures are correct Tony then the issue here (at least regarding cards to fouls) is not with how leniently Leicester are/were treated, by just how harshly Arsenal are being treated…….again.


  3. goonersince72
    7 July 2020


    I think it’s an important distinction and appreciate your research. I’m going to try to watch tonight’s match with this info in mind but one dodgy call or non-call and I’ll be calling for Kavanaugh’s head like the rest, lol.


  4. Mikey
    7 July 2020

    @ goonersince72

    As far as I can see we’ve had Kavanagh twice this season. Away at Leicester they committed 10 fouls for no cards. And home to Man U who commit 15 fouls for no cards. Over the two games, Kavanagh was very lenient (compared with others) with us, giving us three cards for 21 fouls.

    So for us a card for every seven fouls, the opposition 25 fouls for zero.


  5. kaius
    8 July 2020

    Well well well. You guys have proven the worth of your research and analysis once again.

    I knew Kavanaugh was gonna fall for Leicester’s fouling tactic the 2nd time Jonny Evans barrelled straight into the back of Laca and only got a talking to.

    The fact that we’re the ones who end up getting red-carded is so on-brand.


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