Chelsea is statistically the dirtiest team in Premier League history, according to a study from betting firm Spreadex.
The statistics, which look at the amount of yellow and red cards that have been received by all 49 teams since the competition’s 27-year history, ranks teams either by the total cards given out or average cards per game.
Spreadex’s stats are based on Team Booking points of 10 points per yellow and 25 points per red for every single game played by every side in the Premier League.
The Blues have picked up the most cards in the top flight since its inception with a whopping 18660 booking points, 115 more than second-placed Everton.
Fellow top-flight veterans Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United make up the rest of the top five – who all have a total of 1046 games played.
Unsurprisingly, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp has had the lowest Booking Points for the last three consecutive seasons – underlining that keeping it clean pays off in the long run.
Explaining the findings, Spreadex spokesman Andy MacKenzie said: “Hardmen such as Dennis Wise (64 yellows and 4 reds at Chelsea) and John Terry (69 yellows and 6 reds at Chelsea) contributed to the Blues topping the table.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have the lowest Booking Points over the last three seasons
“Liverpool though is proof that you can keep it clean and still play impressive football.
“Jurgen Klopp’s side has had the lowest Bookings Points for the last three seasons in a row and this term average just a measly 8.8 per game at less than a booking per match so far from 8 games played.”
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