Everton manager Sean Dyche has expressed his surprise at his team reaching the midpoint of the Premier League season without being awarded a penalty. Everton, along with Brighton & Hove Albion, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wolverhampton Wanderers, are the only teams in the league without a penalty this season.
Despite this, they have conceded the most penalties (five) in the current campaign. Dyche finds it peculiar and alarming, especially considering the frequent penalties given for minimal contacts, and hopes for a potential balance in the second half of the season.
Addressing reporters ahead of Everton's match against Aston Villa, Dyche highlighted the discrepancy between the absence of penalties for his team and the prevalence of spot-kick decisions in the modern game. He emphasized the need to observe whether the situation would even out in the latter half of the season. Everton, currently 17th in the league with 16 points from 20 matches, face Aston Villa at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Despite being the first Premier League club to receive a points deduction for violating financial sustainability rules in November, Everton aims to navigate a more balanced course in the second half of the season, with Dyche hoping for a fairer distribution of penalties in their favor.