A record was last season in the Eredivisie: no fewer than 115 penalty kicks were given. On average 0.38 per game. This year it is different. The 0.2 per game average so far is the lowest since the 2004/2005 season.

Data agency Opta Sports sees another striking trend. This season Feyenoord, PSV and Ajax played a total of 64 official matches and in all those matches only the Rotterdam team were allowed to score once for a penalty, during Feyenoord-NEC on September 25.

That statistic is also a world of difference compared to last season, when the three clubs together had already been awarded a penalty 28 times after the same number of duels.

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