Stats show Watford to be Premier League's dirtiest team

Swansea City's Modou Barrow in action with Watford's Jose Holebas

Watford have committed more fouls and picked up more cards than any other team.

Watford's Jose Holebas celebrates scoring their first goalJose Holebas is the Premier League's most-booked player

Watford are the dirtiest team in the Premier League, going by statistics.

They have committed the most fouls – 392 – which averages at 14.5 per game and is more than 40 higher than the total committed by Crystal Palace, the second most penalised team in the division.

Unsurprisingly given the number of fouls they give away, the Hornets have the most bookings in the Premier League with 67 and only two sides – West Ham and Manchester City – have received more red cards than their three.

And with Watford its fair to say that this disciplinary record has been a team effort rather than the result of one particularly enthusiastic tackler.

Of the ten players to have committed the most fouls in the league Etienne Capoue is the only Watford man to feature, with 43 fouls committed, while of the 13 individuals to have been booked eight or more times there is again only one Watford player.

However it should be said that that man, Jose Holebas, does lead the division with 12 bookings.

Liverpool's Kevin Stewart in action with Watford's Ben WatsonBen Watson was sent off for a cynical foul in Watford first game of the season, setting the tone for what was to come

Committing a lot of fouls in the process of frustrating the opposition team and stopping them developing any rhythm is clearly part of Walter Mazzarri’s plan for Watford, but it can of course come back to haunt them.

Watford have conceded eleven goals from set pieces this season – the fourth most in the Premier League – plus an additional three from the penalty spot.

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