GAVIN Murphy (@GamePlanGavin) is off to Spain this Monday for his latest bookings bet.
Espanyol v Real Sociedad | Monday 19:30 | Sky Sports 2
Real Sociedad travel down to Barcelona to take on an Espanyol side in dreadful form. The hosts haven’t won in six and now sit just above the drop zone. The Basque visitors are also far from safe in 14th place of a congested bottom half in La Liga.
The meeting in San Sebastian earlier in the season had eight cards in it including a first half red. The two previous tussles at Espanyol had seven cards a piece.
The whisteblower in this one is Santiago Latre. He averages 5.45 cards per game in Spain’s top flight but that stat is misleading. Yes, he can be lenient but four of those 11 games involved Barcelona (twice), Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
The big teams in Spain rarely collect cards apart from when they face each other. Take those four games out of it and he averages 6.6 cards per game.
In four career games officiating Espanyol this ref has given them 3.25 cards. Likewise he usually gives Sociedad 3.25 too. Espanyol are always a dirty team (averaging 3.86 per game) and Sociedad are also pretty ill disciplined (3.14).
Rather conveniently that adds up to seven cards which could be expected. Both teams will know the importance of this fixture. I’m backing over 65pts with William Hill at even money.
Espanyol v Real Socidead – Over 65 Bookings Points (Evens William Hill)
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