Seeing red in the Merseyside derby? Not so fast
If there’s one piece of advice that we’d give you ahead of tonight’s Merseyside derby, it’s to avoid the “red card” market.
March 13th, 2012
Yes, I know, the “friendly derby” isn’t actually as friendly as many scousers would have you believe and that, in fact, the last 15 Merseyside derbies have seen a staggering 11 red cards and a number of yellows that we can’t be bothered counting. However, don’t be so hasty.
You see, of those 11 reds, only four have been brandished at Anfield – the venue for tonight’s clash. In March 2006, Steven Gerrard and Andy van der Meyde were sent off when the sides met and in February 2010, it was Sotiros Kyrgiakos and Steven Pienaar shown red. Yes, it seems that the two teams seem to mellow out a bit on South side of Stanley Park.
Odds on a sending-off currently stand at a best of 11/4 with BetVictor. This is an often unpopular market apart from Liverpool v Everton clashes, so bookies tend to price accordingly.
The only factor leaning us towards plenty of cards? The match referee is Phil Dowd – a man who has handed out 107 yellows (the joint third highest of any Premier League referee this season) but a rather paltry four reds.