These stats show Tottenham were ‘lucky’ to finish in the top 4 ahead of Arsenal last season


Injuries cost Tottenham Hotspur £6.1 million last season as stars such as Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama sat on the sidelines. However, their relative luck with injuries actually helped them secure Champions League qualification.

North London rivals Arsenal spent £12.9 million on injured players as they finished outside the top 4 for a second consecutive year, with Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil combining to cost the Gunners £5.9 million – almost equal to Spurs’ entire injury bill. Overall, Premier League teams paid out £151.2 million in wages to injured players.

A new tool from FreeSuperTips analyses official 2017-18 Premier League data and reveals the dirtiest team and players, as well as those who were unluckiest with injuries – and the impact that this had on each club.

West Brom were the dirtiest side, racking up 73 yellow cards and several missed games through suspension in a campaign that ultimately saw the club relegated to the Championship.

West Ham were among the unluckiest teams when it came to injuries, with their injury bill totalling a whopping £12.6 million. The calculator reveals that they would have finished ten league places higher and been in the Champions League next season, if not for injury.

Name Team Name Reds Yellows Fouls Points
Wilfred Ndidi Leicester 2 6 60 280
Oriol Romeu Southampton 0 11 53 273
Granit Xhaka Arsenal 0 10 57 257
Ashley Barnes Burnley 0 10 53 253
Abdoulaye Doucouré Watford 0 10 44 244
Jonathan Hogg Huddersfield 1 8 32 242
Glenn Murray Brighton 0 9 60 240
Simon Francis Bournemouth 1 8 24 234
Luka Milivojevic Crystal Palace 0 8 69 229
Idrissa Gueye Everton