FPL Penalty Statistics – Penalties have continued to dominate FPL conversations since earlier in the season so we take a look at some of statistics around penalties as the season nears the mid-season mark.
FPL Penalty Statistics – Penalties awarded
A total of 63 penalties have been awarded over the 154 games played at time of writing.
51 of those have been scored, putting the conversion rate at around 81%, which is slightly higher than the 5 season average of 77%.
At a club level, the wily Foxes have earned more penalties than all other clubs.
- Leicester – 10
- 5 clubs – 5
Leicester have been awarded penalties in 6 games, including 3 at the Eithad on GW03.
They have scored 8 of those spot kicks, meaning that around 30% of their goals (of 29) have come from the spot.
At the other end of the spectrum, 3 teams have yet to be awarded penalties – WBA, Burnley and West Ham.
Most Prolific Penalty scorers
- Vardy (LEI) – 6
- Salah (LIV) – 5
- Fernandes (MNU) – 4
- Wilson (NEW) – 4
Vardy himself have scored 6 penalties, making up >50% of the 11 goals he has scored to date. He has missed one of his kick so far, against Wolves.
Salah is next on the list with 5 successful kicks but he is 100% with his attempts to date.
Fernandes and Wilson are both on 4 goals from penalties – Fernandes had previously missed one while Wilson is 100% with his 4 attempts.
Chelsea’s Jorginho is the only player to have missed twice so far this season.
Updated to 30 Dec
|Penalty Takers this season||Penalties Taken||Penalties Scored|
|Arsenal||Aubameyang, Pepe, Lacazette (1 each)||3||3|
|Aston Villa||Watkins (2), El Ghazi (2)||4||3|
|Brighton and Hove Albion||Maupay (3), Gross (2)||5||4|
|Crystal Palace||Zaha (2), Ayew*||2||2|
|Fulham||Mitrovic (2), Lookman (1), Cavaleiro (2)||5||2|
|Leeds United||Klich, Bamford||2||2|
|Leicester City||Vardy (7), Tielemans (2), Iheancho (1)||10||8|
|Manchester City||De Bruyne||3||2|
|Sheffield United||Lundstram, Sharp, Berge (1 each)||3||2|
|West Bromwich Albion||0||0|
|West Ham United||0||0|
*Ayew’s kick was re-taken by Zaha and scored
From an FPL perspective, it appears to be sensible to continue favour picking players who are spot-kick duties, given the high number of penalties awarded and the high conversion rate.
A clearer picture emerges between the below choices in the exact price range:
- Mo Salah VS Sadio Mane
- Kevin de Bruyne VS Raheem Sterling
- Harry Kane VS Heung-Min Son
Over the course of the season, we can expect regular penalty takers to score goals.
There are also a couple of gems on spot-kick duties:
- Bamford (LEE)
Klich took Leeds’ penalty earlier in the season (GW12) but Bamford took their second on GW15. According to Bamford’s interview, we can expect him to continue to be spot kick duties.
Bamford has already scored 9 goals prior to his successful spot kick. His price has steadily risen by 1.0 since the start of the season but at 6.5, he is still a must-have forward option. His TSB% is almost 48% now and we can expect it to continue to rise.
- El Ghazi (AVL)
EL Ghazi is the on form player of the Premier League, scoring 5 goals in his last 5 games and was successful from the penalties on GW12 and GW14. His price is currently 5.7, making him a whole lot more affordable than the other obvious Villa midfielder, Grealish (7.8).
Villa have been playing well and Dean Smith is not type of manager to chop and change his XI so we can expect El Ghazi to have a continued run in the starting line-up even as Barkley makes his way back.
- Gross (BHA)
Gross is another interesting FPL pick. He has successfully scored the Seagulls’ last 2 spot kicks and appears to be the club’s first choice taker, but he has been not starting regularly enough to be considered a firm FPL pick. We recommend keeping Gross on your watchlist and if he does start to get game time, he can be a valuable differential 4th/5th midfielder pick.
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