When it comes to the Premier League fouls table, Newcastle are a few places higher than their real position in the league.

Interesting as well to see Alan Pardew topping a table for once with the team he has inherited.

I take it that Sunderland must be keeping Lee Cattermole in his cage a bit more these days as they are only ninth.

A bit of a change as well in terms of where in the past the teams struggling at the bottom would tend to be trying to kick their way out of trouble, while the better teams would usually be on the receiving end of the fouls.

Tottenham, Southampton and Manchester City are surprisingly all in the top half dozen for giving fouls away, while struggling Burnley and Villa are at the other end.

A sign of a big change in style at Everton with them conceding the very least, under David Moyes the blue scousers were very much in your face whereas under Martinez there has been a marked move to playing better football – not that it has paid off this season.

All the Premier League clubs listed below with number of fouls committed so far in the Premier League.

317 Crystal Palace

312 Leicester

300 Tottenham

297 Southampton

296 Stoke

289 Man City

282 Hull

281 Newcastle

280 Sunderland

276 Man Utd

271 QPR

268 West Brom

262 West Ham

260 Swansea

255 Burnley

250 Chelsea

248 Aston Villa

243 Arsenal

240 Liverpool

238 Everton

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