Swansea most ruthless from penalty spot

21 Mar 2018
Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew's latest strike maintains his side's 95 per cent success rate, but which other clubs excel from 12 yards?

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

Super Swansea in top spot

Swansea City may be in the bottom half of the Premier League table but they are top of the rankings when it comes to converting penalties.

Jordan Ayew’s successful spot-kick in the 4-1 home win over West Ham United on 3 March continued the club’s impressive strike-rate from 12 yards.

Swansea have been awarded 21 PL penalties and have scored from 20 of them, a success rate of 95 per cent.

Southampton have been similarly ruthless. They have found the net with 62 of their 69 spot-kicks, a rate of 90 per cent.

Watford are third. The Hornets have registered with 17 of their 19 attempts, or 89 per cent.

Huddersfield Town could soon find themselves high up the list. The Terriers have netted both of the two penalties they have been awarded in the competition.

Best penalty success of current PL clubs (min. five pens)
Team Pens taken Pens scored Success rate
Swansea 21  20  95% 
Southampton 69  62  90% 
Watford 19  17  89% 
Burnley 15  13  87% 
Chelsea 128  110  86% 
West Ham 83  67  81% 
Newcastle 115  92  80% 
Brighton 80% 
Man City 104  83  80% 
Liverpool 147  113  77% 
Stoke 43  33  77% 
Everton 120  92  77% 
Man Utd 129  97  75% 
AFC Bournemouth 16  12  75% 
Arsenal 136  101  74% 
Spurs 117  85  73% 
Crystal Palace 52  38  73% 
Leicester 54  38  70% 
West Brom 41  26  63% 

Nottingham Forest are one of five former PL clubs in the all-time top-10 rankings.

Their record of 89 per cent (16 out of 18) is narrowly better than fifth-placed Blackpool’s 88 per cent, while Birmingham City, Hull City and Reading have also scored more than 80 per cent of their PL spot-kicks.

Also in this series

Part 2: Milivojevic leads the way with penalty prowess
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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