The Premier League’s ‘dirtiest’ teams - where Newcastle United, Leeds & West Ham sit
The current Premier League disciplinary table makes for interesting reading.
There has been plenty of talk of Newcastle United’s style of play during the opening part of the Premier League season.
With the likes of Joelinton, Dan Burn and Sven Botman all providing energy, enthusiasm and physicality in abundance, the Magpies have delivered a high-intensity approach favoured by Eddie Howe. That has laid the foundations of what has been a stunning run of form that left United sat in third place in the Premier League table prior to the break for the World Cup Finals.
Although not criticising the Magpies approach, newly-appointed Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil gave an insight into what his side faced during a 1-1 draw at St James Park in September, saying: "Newcastle are a good side, they're very aggressive and play forward a lot. We suffered in moments but the boys stood up to it and we knew it was going to look like that. Early in the game we were trying to be a tad more aggressive, but as the game goes on and they gain control we have to drop off and we need to be sensible and defend our box."
For all of the talk of United being a physical side, their disciplinary record is impressive - but how does it compare to their Premier League rivals?