CARDS king Gavin Murphy (@GamePlanGavin) returns with a pick from Monday night’s La Liga offering.
Espanyol v Levante | Monday 19.30 | Sky Sports 4
Well Senor Confetti caused quite a stir on Sunday night, didn't he? Looking at the stats and referee appointment, Monday evening could be similarly eventful!
Rock bottom Levante travel to Barcelona to take on Espanyol. Carlos Velasco Carballo gets the whistle and the bookies are expecting cards with 7.5 the general line.
Frankly, we've had no luck calling this referee. He can be lenient but he can also lose it, as evidenced by issuing 11 cards last week in the Sevilla v Valencia match. Overall he averages 6.29 cards-per-game. Interestingly, he gives 66% of his cards to away teams in La Liga.
Espanyol were Spain's dirtiest team going into this weekend games with 3.50 cards-per-game. Levante are not far behind on 3.11 cards-per-game.
This official took charge of Levante's 2-2 home draw with Eibar earlier this season. He gave the hosts two cards but visitors Eibar saw five.
With referee Carballo averaging 4.11 cards-per-game for the away team and Levante scrapping for every point, I'm backing Over 3 cards for the visitors at 10/11 with William Hill.
Espanyol v Levante – Levante to be given Over 3 Cards (10/11 William Hill)
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