Premier League ‘dirtiest’ teams: Where Arsenal & Chelsea rank compared to Tottenham, West Ham & more

Chelsea’s Nicolas Jackson leads the way for yellow cards - but which team has the most fouls in the division?

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The Premier League season will once again take a short break ahead of the final round of Euro 2024 qualifiers.

The fortnight's rest will come as a huge boost to a number of injury-hit teams such as Tottenham, Arsenal and Newcastle while others such as Chelsea will see the break as a distraction at a time where they are just starting to pick up momentum.

The Premier League is often described as one of the most competitive and physically demanding divisions in world football and VAR is constantly called into action to check key decisions such as bookings, free kicks, corners, penalty shouts and many more. But which team has been booked the most in the division so far and how do the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal compare to their London rivals?

Here is everything you need to know.

Who is the dirtiest team in the Premier League?

Chelsea are a team which are beginning to find their feet in the Premier League under new boss Mauricio Pochettino but their renewed form has also coincided with a lot of bookings and they top the charts with 40 yellow cards.

Nicolas Jackson is the most booked player in the entire division with seven cautions, while teammate Conor Gallagher tops the charts for fouls with 26 offences. The Blues have received one red card so far this term with Malo Gusto being sent off against Aston Villa.

Wolverhampton Wanderers rank second in the table for yellow cards with 39 - but they have also registered three red cards this season. Tottenham have had a total of 34 yellow cards and three red cards this season - with two players being sent off against Chelsea.

Newcastle United sit fourth in the table for bookings; they have registered 33 yellow cards but are yet to have a player sent off the pitch. At the other end of the table Arsenal have the best disciplinary record in terms of yellow cards with 16, although two of their players have been sent off this season.

Here is the full table for yellow and red cards in the Premier League after 12 games:

  • Chelsea: 40 yellows (one red)

  • Wolves: 39 yellows (three reds)

  • Tottenham: 34 yellows (three reds)

  • Newcastle: 33 yellows 

  • Sheff Utd: 33 yellows (one reds)

  • Nottingham Forest: 32 yellows (two reds)

  • Fulham: 31 yellows (two reds)

  • West Ham: 30 yellows (one reds)

  • Brentford: 30 yellows

  • Aston Villa: 28 yellows

  • Man Utd: 26 yellows

  • Burnley: 23 yellows (three reds)

  • Everton: 23 yellows (one red)

  • Man City: 22 yellows (two reds)

  • Crystal Palace: 22 yellows

  • Liverpool: 20 yellows (four reds)

  • Bournemouth: 20 yellows (one red)

  • Luton: 20 yellows

  • Arsenal: 16 yellows (two reds)