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Spot Off- Three year survey kills off one of the biggest myths in football

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are the SEVENTH most likely team to be given an penalty a survey has revealed.

Three years of research from CIES Football Observatory revealed that the get a penalty every 681 minutes which works out at one spot kick half through their eighth fixture.

To no great surprise Steven Gerrard’ side get a penalty every 411 minutes, working out at a penalty just after half-time in every fixture.

It is an incredible disparity, over any short period almost anything can be proved but over three seasons covering 105 matches most teams have had a change of manager with different formations, tactics and players.

Strangely Hamilton (477 minutes) and Kilmarnock (502 minutes) are second and third in the penalty table.

In the season just finished managed just 30 goals against the 89 that rattled in, almost three times as many goals as side.

Media pundits and defenders of match officials like to claim that ‘these things even themselves out over the course of a season’. Clearly, they don’t.

Something very strange is going on when over the course of three seasons a club that finishes in the bottom three get a penalty every fifth match while the team that has been champions over that same period have to wait until their eighth match to get a penalty.

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