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Premier League penalties – Why Crystal Palace have scored 18 and Newcastle only 1 in last 20 months

1 year ago

Premier League penalties.

Why do some teams score/get so many and others so few?

Is it bias for and against certain team?

Is it top six bias v the rest?

Or is it something else?

This is a table showing number of penalties scored by each PL club in 2018/19 so far:

As you can see, Crystal Palace are clear at the top of this season’s stats with 10 penalties scored.

Indeed, they were top last season as well with eight Premier League penalties scored. Man City next highest with six, then Brighton, Everton and Leicester with five each.

The stats overall telling us that it isn’t simply big clubs getting big decisions.

However, how do you explain Crystal Palace scoring their eighteenth PL  penalty since the start of last (2017/18) season, whilst Newcastle have managed only one?

As Newcastle fans we can all point to a number of times when penalties could/should have been awarded since promotion.

However, no doubt fans of every other club could do the same.

It is no surprise to me the discrepancy when the vast majority of penalties are given for fouls. With the vast majority of those when a player is going past another.

In Wilfrid Zaha, Palace have the perfect penalty winner, he might cheat at times but he repeatedly runs at the opposition and gets into the box, just as he did on Saturday, drawing the foul. Palace have other players such as Townsend who are also prepared to take players on and drive into the box.

In contrast, Newcastle United must be the least dribbling side there is. We don’t really have anybody who runs at the opposition and into the box, although Almiron has the potential if Rafa Benitez starts playing him higher up the pitch.


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