Chelsea and Derby named the 'dirtiest teams' in Premier League history

Chelsea's John Terry argues after Michael Essien is sent off for elbowing Derby County's Kenny Miller Credit: Getty Images)

Chelsea and Derby County have been named as the dirtiest teams in Premier League history.

A study by betting firm Spreadex looked at the number of red and yellow cards picked up by all 49 Premier League teams since the competition started.

The study is based on team bookings points of 10 points per yellow card and 25 points per red card for every game played by every side in the Premier League.

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Dirtiest Premier League teams of all time based on total number of booking points.

Everton, Arsenal, Spurs, Manchester United and West Ham were behind Chelsea as the teams with the most cards picked up in the top flight, and Derby topped the table for the largest number of bookings and sendings off per game.

The Rams were followed by Sunderland, Hull, Watford, Barnsley and Stoke

Spreadex spokesman Andy MacKenzie said: “Hardmen such as Dennis Wise with 64 yellows and 4 reds at Chelsea and John Terry with 69 yellows and 6 reds contributed to the Blues topping the table.

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“However as it’s the teams that have played longest in the Premier League that have accumulated most bookings points, the average points per game table is perhaps more telling.

“Tough tackling players such as Robbie Savage with a Premier League total of 89 yellows and 1 red, Lee Cattermole with a total of 88 yellows and 7 reds and George Boateng with 85 yellows and 5 reds, played their part in Derby, Sunderland and Hull ranking so highly during their spells with the respective clubs.

“At the other end of the table, Oldham, Swindon and Blackpool – who have totalled just four seasons in the Premier League between them – are among the bottom six ‘cleanest sides’, suggesting they were perhaps just a bit too nice to stay in the top flight.”

Dirtiest Premier League teams of all time basked on average booking points.

Liverpool fans will be pleased that their side rate as one of the more disciplined teams in terms of average cards per game.

For the last three seasons in a row Jurgen Klopp’s side have had the lowest average bookings or sendings off per game from all 20 teams.

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