West Ham’s 3-2 win over Liverpool on Sunday saw the Hammers head into the November international break in third place and it is not the only table they are near the top of.
David Moyes’ team are currently third in the Premier League fair play table having received just 13 yellow cards and one red card over the opening 11 matches of the season.
The only teams with a better disciplinary record than the Hammers are their vanquished opponents from Sunday, Liverpool, and Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
If an individual player receives five yellow cards within the first 18 matches of the season they receive an automatic one-match league ban. Fortunately for Moyes, none of his players are in any immediate danger of this happening with only Declan Rice and Pablo Fornals close to the threshold having both received three cards apiece.
The pair only need to go another seven matches before the threshold moves to ten bookings, if Rice and Fornals can make it to Christmas with just one card each they will be safe until the 32-week mark when ten bookings would receive a two-match ban.
|Club||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|3.||West Ham United||13||1|
Brighton & Hove Albion
*The fair play table is in ascending order. A yellow card receives one point, two yellow cards resulting in a red card equals three points, a straight red card is awarded five points.
West Ham are in a strong position when it comes to discipline with just seven players having been into the referee’s notebook so far this season. Michail Antonio is the only man to have been sent off after receiving two yellow cards against Southampton and completing a one-match suspension against Manchester United as a result.
Tomas Soucek has also received two bookings with his latest coming on Sunday against Liverpool. Jarrod Bowen, Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma have all had one booking apiece.
West Ham’s good record when it comes to discipline is a continuation of last season where the Hammers ended seventh in the fair play table. In 38 matches Moyes’ team received just 44 bookings and just three red cards, two of which were later rescinded on appeal.
On current trend West Ham are set to finish this season with 44 bookings and 3 red cards, remarkably the exact record they ended with last time out. It seems Moyes has brought consistency not only to results but also to West Ham’s discipline as well.
Source by Football London