Howard Webb 7/1 to Top Red Card Charts
Fresh from his record-breaking performance in the FIFA World Cup, Howard Webb has been priced at 7/1 with William Hill to be the referee that hands out more red cards than any other in the new Premier League season.
The South Yorkshire whistleblower, who handed out a record 14 cards in the World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands last month, is the fourth favourite to hand out the highest number of reds this season, having sent-off three players in 28 games last season.
Andre Marriner is the clear favourite at 9/2, having issues a total of nine red cards in 32 Premier League games last season.
Lee Probert and Lee Mason, who both issued six reds last season in the league, are second and third favourites at 6/1 and 13/2 respectively.
Commenting on the special market, William Hill spokesperson Graham Sharpe said: “Refs always say they prefer not to flourish red cards, but some seem to be more readily inclined to do so than others”
Hills are also offering 6/5 that the total number of red cards in the Premier League will be under 63, with 7/4 on offer for 64-69 reds and 9/4 on 69 or more.
Meanwhile, Paddy Power are predicting that Sunderland will side that picks up more red cards than any other, with Steve Bruce’s side at 15/2 to top the disciplinary tables. Stoke City are next in line at 8/1 whilst Newcastle are priced just behind at 9/1. Wolves, Bolton and Blackburn are all tied at 10/1.