Report names Tottenham as the third ‘dirtiest’ team in PL this season

Using data on the number of yellow and red cards from Transfermarkt, a report in Birmingham World has found Tottenham to be the third ‘dirtiest’ team in the Premier League.

Spurs sides of the past have been accused of having a soft underbelly despite playing some nice, eye-catching football.

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It is fair to say that the Tottenham side under Antonio Conte this season bucked both of those trends as they not only produced some quite turgid football but they also made some of the worst challenges across the competition.

Birmingham World have now ranked teams based on points collected by handing one point for a yellow, three for a red via a second yellow, and five for a straight red.

Their results find that Spurs have the third highest score in the Premier League across 2022-23 with 83 points, resulting from 70 yellows, 1-second yellow and 2 straight reds.

The only two teams ahead of Tottenham are Crystal Palace with 75 yellows, 2-second yellows and 1 straight red (86 points), and Wolves with 75 yellows, 1 second yellow and 5 straight reds (103 points).

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These numbers are far from surprising given that we have the likes of Cristian Romero and Richarlison playing for us and also given that not a lot of defensive midfielders across the Premier League are as persistent (or smart) with their tactical fouling as Hojbjerg and Bentancur are.

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