Sports Betting Guide

Types of penalty card bets

More and more bettors are leaving behind the traditional 1x2 bets. One of the more interesting alternatives can be betting on yellow and red cards shown in a match. Skilful betting on penalty cards can significantly improve your betting effectiveness.

Penalty cards betting

Types of penalty card bets

  • The number of cards in a match - the simplest kind of bet concerned with the number of cards shown by the referee during the game. Depending on many variables (The rank of the match, the referee and the rival) the number of cards is calculated to a particular level and the bettor’s task is to predict if it will be exceeded or not. Some bookmakers offer asian handicaps for the number of penalty cards, that way the bettor can at least have a void of his stake in case of a slightly different prediction.

    There are games in which you know that there will be a lot of fouls and thus penalty cards. On the other hand, there are fixtures of lesser importance, that seem like a friendly in which the players do not want to harm each other. That type of knowledge can help us in effective betting.
  • The team with more penalty cards - as the name suggest it, the bettor’s task is to correctly predict the team with higher number of cards shown by referee. It is worth to notice the method of calculating this kind of bet as some bookmakers offer three-way option bet and others asian handicaps with two-way option. There are teams that have rough style of playing and fouls in their DNA. If we have that kind of information all we have to do is make a bet and wait for our win.
  • The time of the first penalty card - for bet to be calculated as successful, the bettor must predict the time when the referee will show the first card in the match (most of the times, the bookmakers mark the 30 minute as the borderline but there are sometimes bets with 10 minute borderline with great odds). As it was mentioned before, remember about teams that are prone to be given penalty cards in a match, especially at the start of the game.
  • The first penalty card (team) - bookmaker asks the bettor which team will be the first to get a card from the referee.
    Again, the bet could be successful when one of the teams is often receiving penalty cards.
  • Red card in a match (Yes/No) - very simple bet (at least in theory), all you have to do is to predict if the referee will expel a player from the field with a red card.

    Derbies, games with higher importance, rival team matches - these are the types of fixtures that you can bet on that they will not end with both teams having all their players.
  • The player gets yellow/red card - the bettor’s task is to predict if a particular player will receive a yellow or red card.

    As it was already mentioned, there are teams that commit many fouls but there also are individual players that purpose is to make life harder for their rivals and while doing that they often receive penalty cards.

Betting on penalty cards. Live or pre - match?

You often ask us in the comment section, what types of betting we prefer? Live or pre - match? In our opinion, both have their merits and flaws (same goes for penalty card betting) and proper knowledge about them can help you win a bet.
Successful predicting the number of penalty cards before the game requires significant knowledge and professional, thorough analysis. You can learn more here.

To make a profitable Live bet sometimes all you need is your instinct of an experienced bettor. With that you can easily notice the tensions between the players and hot atmosphere of an upcoming conflict around the supporters after just a few minutes into the match.

Obviously it is not like that in every case, but it is hard to imagine a lot of penalty cards in a game watched by 2000 spectators, that looks more like a friendly fixture than a league match for points. From the other hand, 2 or 3 rougher tackles in the first few minutes of the match can be a prognosis for the rest of the match to be brutal.

It is also worth remembering that the majority of the penalty cards are given to the players in the final minutes of a match. One reason for this is that most players have already a few fouls committed till this point and after another one, the referee’s patience simply ends. Another reason is that in the last minutes of the match, players of both teams are very tired and committing a foul is sometimes their only way to react.

Bookmakers with best offer for penalty cards betting are: Unibet, RedBet, Betsafe.



I need leagues and teams that have high percentage in penalty and red cards

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