SPANISH football returns from the international break and Gavin Murphy (@GamePlanGavin) has found a cards bet to get involved with.
Las Palmas v Espanyol | Friday 19:45 | Sky Sports 5
Domestic action returns across the major European leagues this weekend and what better way to restart than with a La Liga game? Las Palmas welcome Espanyol to Gran Canaria in what promises to be a decent looking encounter.
The hosts are 7th in the table and going well. The boys from Barcelona however are struggling in 17th position and Quique Sanchez Flores will be demanding more from his troops.
These two teams met twice last season and there were eight cards given in each match. This season, Las Palmas are the second most ill disciplined outfit in the major European leagues averaging four cards per appearance.
Espanyol (2.4 cards per game) have improved their own discipline but have plenty of players who are prone to collecting cards such as Victor Sanchez.
David Fernandez Borbalan is in charge of this fixture and he averages seven cards per game in Spain’s top flight so far this season. In career games officiating Las Palmas he typically gives them 3.6 cards per game. He averages 3.4 to Espanyol so seven cards might be expected in this game.
In 2015/16, Borbalan covered four Las Palmas games averaging 8.25 per match. In the same season he covered Espanyol three times averaging 8.33 per game.
The official from Almeria has shown a red card to Las Palmas in 2/5 matches. An Espanyol player has had an early bath on 7/27 games refereed by Borbalan.
All things considered a line of 5.5 cards looks too low to me. I’d have it at 6.5 cards. Therefore, I’m very happy to take the 4/5 on over 55 bookings points with William Hill.
Las Palmas v Espanyol – Over 55 Bookings Points (4/5 William Hill)
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