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The Premier League figures that amaze – the 2023/2024 season is unique in several ways


Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka was ice cold from the penalty spot against Bournemouth earlier in May. Photo: Frank Augstein / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 19.05.2024 08:49:57

Sport: Before the last series round on Sunday afternoon, Chelsea have 103 yellow cards and four red cards. 107 cards is a new negative record in the Premier League, four more than Leeds received in the 2021/2022 season.

However, it is not only the blue jerseys that have ended up in the referee’s book an unusual number of times. Surprisingly, three of the four contributions at the “top” of the list originate from this year’s season. Wolverhampton have again ended up in the referee’s book 102 times in one league round, while Sheffield United have recorded a total of 98 cards.

Thus can Leeds’ tally from the season two years ago was beaten by two more teams.

Burnley is the team that has incurred the most red cards (7). A total of 57 red cards have been handed out so far this season.

This year’s “penalty king” is Chelsea’s Cole Palmer, who with one league round left has scored a whopping nine times from the penalty spot. Closest behind are Erling Braut Haaland (7) and Bukayo Saka (6).

Chelsea is the team that has been awarded the most penalties with eleven in total. Arsenal and Newcastle follow with nine, while Liverpool and Manchester City have both had eight attempts from the penalty spot.

At the bottom of the list we find Luton and Nottingham Forest, who have only been awarded one penalty in the first 37 games.

In comparison, over 25 percent (21/80) of the penalty kicks in the 2017/2018 season were saved. A total of five goalkeepers recorded two or more penalty saves.

Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya has already secured the Golden Glove, indicating that he has kept the most clean sheets this season. He ends up with either 16 or 17 clean cages. That number has been equal or higher in 15 of the previous 21 seasons. If Raya ends up with 16, only Joe Hart’s 14 “zeros” from the 2014/2015 season will be lower.

Only on four previous occasions in the last 20 years has the battle for Premier League gold been decided on the final day of the season. It happened in the 2011/2012, 2013/2014, 2018/2019 and 2021/2022 seasons. All times Manchester City ended up with the title, three of the times at the expense of Liverpool and once at the expense of city rivals Manchester United.

Arsenal may suffer the same fate on Sunday.

Bottom of the table, Luton need a miracle to secure a renewed contract at the expense of Nottingham Forest. The latter are three points behind Rob Edwards’ team, and also have a significantly better goal difference.

Barely four weeks after the last series round in the Premier League, the stage is set for the football European Championships in Germany. The 2024/2025 Premier League season kicks off on 17 August. The term list will be released on 18 June.

Of the 106 penalty kicks that have been awarded so far in this year’s season, 95 have been dispatched in the goal. That amounts to a scoring percentage of 89.62 per cent, the highest in the modern Premier League era. Last season, the percentage of scores was as low as 74.75 per cent. Then only 74 out of 99 penalty kicks were converted into goals.

For the goalkeepers, however, it is not as pleasant this season. Only eight (7.5%) of the 106 penalty kicks have been saved. It is the lowest proportion in Premier League history. In the 1997/1998 season, 9.7 percent of the attempts from the chalk mark were stopped by the goalkeepers, which is the next lowest proportion.

On Sunday, the very last chapter of the 2023/2024 Premier League season will be written. Manchester City and Arsenal will settle for the title, while Tottenham, Chelsea, Newcastle and Manchester United are playing for the last European Cup places.

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