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4 European Teams And Over 4.5 Yellow Cards Returns

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Winning in football is everything. Hence, the method of winning may not matter in the grand scheme of things.

Some teams have perfected the “dark art” to win matches. It is more about the pragmatism of it all- doing everything possible to win matches. And in truth, this is not an agreeable tactic by many opponent teams.

A quick example is Jose Bordalas and his method of coaching. During his time at Getafe, his team was largely the most undisciplined team in La Liga. In fact, in 2020 when Getafe progressed to the semi-finals of the Europa League, many fans had decried the manner in which they qualified. On social media, it was referred to as “anti-football.”

Indeed, this method has been observed to attract more cards to the teams that use them frequently.

In other words, it is fair to admit that some teams are more susceptible to having more players in the referee’s book than others.

And as such, some patterns have emerged of teams recording an average of 4.5 yellow cards in their matches.

Here are four of them:

Valencia

Seeing that Jose Bordalas joined Valencia at the start of the season, it was a no-brainer that they were going to become the most undisciplined team in La Liga.

And in truth, there has been a remarkable turn in results. Just last month, they lost out narrowly on penalties to Real Betis in the Copa del Rey final.

Yet, Los Mucielagos have led the chart for the most fouls conceded in the division and the most yellow cards received by a player. Omar Alderete has received 15 so far.

Valencia loves to play on the edge

Bordalas’ men tend to enjoy the game more when the ball is out of play than when it is. They take pleasure in committing niggling fouls just to stop the opponent’s momentum.

One of their objectives is to get under the skin of the opponent by winding players up and frustrating them eventually. This essentially attracts more fouls.

In matches involving Valencia in the League, 242 yellow cards have been recorded, an average of 6 yellow cards per game.

Backing this side to record over 4.5 yellow cards per match is a brilliant option for smart punters.

Salernitana

Salernitana is close to pulling off one of the miracles of the season in Seria A. The Garnets sit in 17th position, one point above  Cagliari with two matches to play.

David Nicola who was appointed just in February is close to helping this newly promoted side avoid the drop.

They are unbeaten in their last five matches, winning three of them. The interesting bit of it has been that they have faced two of the top-10 teams on this run.

Salerntina is doing all it can to avoid relegation

While they have not been fun to watch, they have delivered the goods. In truth, they have been very pragmatic, conceding fouls and yellow cards. They have received five red cards this term.

Nicola’s team has recorded an average of five yellow cards in their League matches this season. Observably, as well, they have conceded more cards against teams in the lower rungs of the table.

This option looks sure to deliver the goods for intelligent punters.

Getafe

Bordalas may have left the team but somehow, Getafe has internalised the habit of forcing fouls and receiving cards.

It is no surprise that Damian Suarez has collected the most yellow cards (13) in the division after Alderete. Closely followed, in fact, is Mauro Arambarri who has got just one less.

Quique Sanchez Flores has come in and done a decent job with this side who were almost condemned to relegation. The Spaniard has increased their points per game from 0.13 where he met it to 1.34.

Getafe is a very undisciplined side

They have not survived it yet even though they sit 15th on the log, but with three matches to go, the signs are good.

And with the battle still on, Getafe looks almost sure to keep conceding fouls and raking in cards.

They have recorded an average of 5 yellow cards in their last six matches.

Nantes

Antoine Kombouare has done an excellent job with Nantes since joining in February last year.

The Yellow House, as they like to call themselves, have gone from narrowly surviving relegation last season through the playoffs to sitting comfortably in 9th place and winning the French Cup.

The players have also churned out improved performances, many of them paying credence to the manager.

If anything, they have become more difficult to beat, mixing pragmatism and eye-catching displays. Moses Simon has also been one of the revelations of the season, his goals directly responsible for seven points in Ligue 1

Nantes can combine scintillating football with pragmatism

However, they have also been known to commit reckless fouls and in turn receive cards.

Kombouare’s men have recorded an average of five yellow cards in their last five matches. This is certainly a must-have option for punters who love the cards bet