As the season nears to its end, BetVictor has refreshed its ‘In The Book Study’ and it is good news for Palace fans. The Eagles have collectively been the fifth best tackling side in the Premier League this year and full back Tyrick Mitchell has been the most-efficient tackler in the entire league.
Palace can claim to be in the top five, at least when it comes to tackling efficiency. Recent data shows that Roy Hodgson’s team have made 539 tackles and 350 fouls so far this season. As a result, Palace’s foul-to-tackle ratio is 0.65 which is only bettered by four teams in Leicester, Everton, Southampton, and Leeds.
Surprisingly, “Dirty Leeds” take top spot as the cleanest tackling team, but Palace can claim the title for London, as apart from Palace, the best London club in terms of fouls per tackle is Chelsea with a ratio of 0.7. Tottenham are not far away having made 0.701 fouls per tackle, meanwhile West Ham, Arsenal, and Fulham all lag further behind.
A large part of Palace’s tackling efficiency is undoubtedly down to Palace’s full backs. Tyrick Mitchell is the most-efficient tackler in the entire Premier League this season, as he has made 48 tackles for just 7 fouls, meaning his foul-to-tackle ratio is 0.146. Southampton’s Jack Stephens is behind him in second place followed by Burnley duo Charlie Taylor and Dwight McNeil, and then Palace’s own Nathaniel Clyne rounds off the top five, having on average made 0.235 fouls per tackle himself.
Premier League Teams’ Fouls Per Tackle Ratios (*):
|Team||Total Tackles||Total Fouls||Fouls Per Tackle|
Premier League Players With Best Foul Per Tackle Ratios:
|Player||Club||Tackles||Fouls||Fouls Per Tackle|
|Tyrick Mitchell||Crystal Palace||48||7||0.146|
|Nathaniel Clyne||Crystal Palace||17||4||0.235|
|James Justin||Leicester City||61||16||0.262|
|Luke Ayling||Leeds United||94||26||0.277|
|Marc Albrighton||Leicester City||27||8||0.296|
|Matt Targett||Aston Villa||74||22||0.297|
You can view the full study at BetVictor.
*Data correct as of 4th May 2021. Team level data is based upon all players and every minute of Premier League football played. Player level data only accounts for players who have committed at least 10 tackles and played over 900 minutes of football this season.