Players are expected to have to show plenty of dig and passion but also the ability to take knocks and pick themselves up from the turf when knocked down. Wingers and quick players are at the mercy of robust challenges, but also central midfielders are in the heart of the battle and often take as much as they give out.
But who are the Premiership most fouled players? Which stars are targeted more than others and are there some surprise names to feature?
We’ve looked at the stats via Wyscout to put together the top 16 most fouled players in the Premiership as the league enter the split. There is representation from ten of the 12 top-flight clubs with only Dundee United and Celtic not having a player make the list which is surprising, especially the latter.
Scroll down and click through to see who is the most fouled.