CARD king Gavin Murphy (@GamePlanGavin) heads to the continent on Sunday with three bookings bets top of his agenda.
Sampdoria v Sassuolo | Sunday 17.00 | BT Sport 1
This is my Italian NAP of the weekend.
There are plenty of cards in Sampdoria home games and I expect that trend to continue here when Sassuolo travel to Genoa. The hosts average 2.57 cards-per-game whilst Sassuolo typically pick up 2.93 cards-per-game.
The whisteblower in this tussle is Maurizio Mariani. He averages a rather high 6.8 cards-per-game.
With Sampdoria sliding down the table, I anticipate plenty of needle in this one and I’m backing Over 6.5 cards at a juicy 11/10 with Bet365.
Athletic Bilbao v Malaga | Sunday 19.30 | Sky Sports 3
This promises to be a curious encounter. Bilbao is always a tough venue for visiting teams but Malaga will approach this in good heart after finally scoring last week against Granada.
Alfonso Alvarez Izquierdo AKA ‘Senor Confetti’ gets the whistle for this showdown. He was back to top form when we backed him during the Galician derby between Deportivo and Celta Vigo recently.
Confetti averages 7.86 cards-per-game and no Spanish official has brandished more yellow cards than him this season.
Recent Athletic games have seen total cards of 6-10-8 with Malaga’s last three featuring 11-7-7.
The 11/10 on Over 6 Cards offered by William Hill looks great value and I’m getting stuck in.
Real Sociedad v Eibar | Sunday 11.00 | Sky Sports Interactive
Early Sunday morning action awaits us with a Basque derby taking centre-stage in La Liga.
Real Sociedad are averaging 3.23 cards-per-game and the visitors Eibar 3.46 cards-per-game.
The real star here though could be top-flight novice referee Mario Lopez. He dished out nine cards in his only La Liga outing a few weeks ago between Sporting Gijon and Levante.
Lopez even managed to dish out another nine this midweek in the Copa Del Rey match between Rayo Vallecano and Getafe. That might be a Madrid derby but officials tend to be very lenient in cup matches abroad.
I think Over 6.5 Cards at 5/6 with Bet365 is well worthy of your support.
Real Sociedad v Eibar – Over 6.5 Cards (5/6 Bet365)
Sampdoria v Sassuolo – Over 6.5 Cards (11/10 Bet365)
Athletic Bilbao v Malaga – Over 6 Cards (11/10 William Hill)
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