STATS: Paying the penalty. Tottenham top unwanted Premier League table

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Worrying Premier League penalty statistics for Tottenham Hotspur but positive news for the likes of Chelsea and Southampton.

Tottenham Hotspur have conceded more goals so far this season than any of their rivals in the top-half of the Premier League table.

It should therefore come as no surprise to find that they are finding the going a little tough, with five points separating them from the top four places and Champions League qualification.

They would appear to be doing themselves few favours, with the White Hart Lane natives airing their displeasure at current showings following a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

There are clearly issues for Mauricio Pochettino to address, with tightening at the back a top priority.

Spurs also need to cut out the costly errors, with an alarming number of penalties having been conceded.

The north London outfit have offered opponents at opportunity to score from the spot on five occasions already this term, at a rate of one every three games.

That is a cause for concern and goes some way to explaining why Pochettino’s men have secured just two clean sheets since August and four in total.

  Penalty ConcededAppearances
Tottenham 5 15
C. Palace 3 15
Man Utd 3 14
Everton 2 15
Hull City 2 15
Man City 2 15
Stoke 2 15
Sunderland 2 15
Swansea 2 15
Arsenal 1 15
Aston Villa 1 15
Liverpool 1 15
QPR 1 15
West Brom 1 15

While Spurs need to favour a more cautious approach in and around their own area, there a number of clubs yet to concede a spot-kick.

Chelsea and Southampton have made impressive starts to the season, with the Blues still leading the way, and they have remained on the good side of referees.

At the other end of the standings, Leicester City and Burnley may have shipped plenty of goals upon their return to the top-flight but they have managed to steer clear of penalty trouble and are at least giving themselves a chance every time they take to the field.

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