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Milivojevic leads the way with penalty prowess

21 Mar 2018
Luka Milivojevic penalty

Crystal Palace midfielder has scored six goals from the spot in 2017/18, a PL high

This week we are looking at the art of penalty taking in the Premier League. 

Peerless Milivojevic hits six

Luka Milivojevic extended his lead for Premier League penalties scored this season, hitting the second goal as Crystal Palace won 2-0 at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

The Serb's sixth successful spot-kick leaves him with double the tally of the next-best player, Wayne Rooney.

But the Everton forward would be level with the Palace player had he not missed half his penalties this campaign.

Milivojevic has failed to score with only one of his seven efforts from the spot.

His last-minute kick was saved by Ederson in December as Palace missed the chance to end Manchester City's unbeaten start to the season.

Most successful penalty-takers 2017/18
Player Pens taken Pens scored
Luka Milivojevic 7 6
Wayne Rooney 6 3
Jamie Vardy 5 4
Glenn Murray 5 4
Sergio Aguero 4 4
Troy Deeney 4 3

The penalty won by Andros Townsend at Huddersfield Town was the eighth that Palace have been awarded this season, putting them level with Everton at the top of that chart.

Man City are next, with six penalties won. Perhaps surprisingly, they are the only PL club in the current top six places who are also in the top eight of the rankings for penalties given.

Burnley are the only team yet to win a spot-kick this season. 

Most penalties won 2017/18
Team Penalties Pens scored
Crystal Palace 8 6
Everton 8 5
Manchester City 6 5
Brighton 5 4
Leicester City 5 4
Watford 5 3
West Ham United 4 2
Southampton 3 3
Chelsea 3 3
Liverpool 3 2
Tottenham Hotspur 3 2
Arsenal 3 2
Manchester United 3 1
Huddersfield Town 2 2
AFC Bournemouth 2 2
Stoke City 2 0
West Bromwich Albion 1 1
Swansea City 1 1
Newcastle United 1 0
Also in this series

Part 1: Swansea most ruthless from penalty spot
Part 3: Perfect Toure top from the penalty spot
Part 4: The best penalty savers in the Premier League
Part 5: Danny Murphy's masterclass on taking penalties

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