How did Brighton's disciplinary record compare to other Premier League clubs last season?

Anthony Knockaert is sent off against Bournemouth. Picture by Getty Images
Anthony Knockaert is sent off against Bournemouth. Picture by Getty Images

Brighton & Hove Albion's 17th-placed finish resulted from a long and challenging Premier League season – but how did their disciplinary record compare to other clubs?

Paddy Power Games have put together a new study which investigated the disciplinary records of all Premier League players and clubs and specifically zoned in on when certain players and clubs were more likely to be punished – via bookings and red cards – than others.

Brighton committed 463 fouls – the highest of any team in the Premier League -and received 64 cards (60 yellow, 4 red), meaning only 13 per cent of all fouls resulted in a card.

On a national level, Burnley were the team that were in trouble with the referee the most with the Lancashire side handed 76 cards (75 yellow, one red) resulting in one in five (21.11 per cent) fouls receiving in a card. Watford and West Ham made up the bottom three that no Premier League team wants to be a part of.

Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea are at the head of the table with the lowest number of fouls committed per card given.

Looking at all the players who featured in the 2018/19 Premier League season for Brighton and made more than 20 fouls this season, the data suggests Solly March has lady luck smiling down on him when it comes to escaping the wrath of refs. The Brighton midfielder made 29 fouls but only received one booking.

Jurgen Locadia was booked just once for committing 22 fouls, while Glenn Murray received five yellow cards for his 80 fouls.

When looking at the rest of the league, Liverpool duo Roberto Firmino (38) and Naby Keita (25), Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey (21) and Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon (20) all managed to avoid having their name taken – despite committing a significant number of fouls.

At the other end of the scale, Brighton’s Lewis Dunk made 22 fouls but received five bookings and one red card.

Bernardo received four yellow cards for his 17 fouls and Shane Duffy and Anthony Knockaert both had one red and 22 yellows for 22 fouls committed.

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