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?

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)
TeamPens takenPens scoredSuccess rate
Swansea21 20 95% 
Southampton69 62 90% 
Watford19 17 89% 
Burnley15 13 87% 
Chelsea128 110 86% 
West Ham83 67 81% 
Newcastle115 92 80% 
Man City104 83 80% 
Liverpool147 113 77% 
Stoke43 33 77% 
Everton120 92 77% 
Man Utd129 97 75% 
AFC Bournemouth16 12 75% 
Arsenal136 101 74% 
Spurs117 85 73% 
Crystal Palace52 38 73% 
Leicester54 38 70% 
West Brom41 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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