Famed for its physicality, the Premier League is no stranger to yellow and red cards being dished out like hot cakes, and that’s why betting on cards is a brilliant opportunity for punters. Looking for stats for predictions? Check out the cards betting stats page. If you're searching for some tips, you’re in the right place!

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Any wager placed on yellow or red cards is card betting, and could be a specific player receiving a card or the total number of cards given in a match.

Here are a couple of common examples of betting on cards:

Example 1 – Player card betting

It’s the start of the second half, and Bruno Fernandes, already warned by the ref for some rash tackles, hasn’t been booked. Placing a bet on Bruno to get a yellow card could offer great value, as he’s more likely to receive one if he commits another foul.

Example 2 – Total match cards betting

Hearts racing, crowds roaring — derby games are a hotbed of fervour. Take the North London derby, for example. In the past eight games, there haven’t been fewer than 5.1 cards per match. So, betting on over 4.5 yellow cards or betting on a red to be shown could yield great returns if they come through.

The table below shows which matches saw over / under 4.5 yellows and a red card from rounds 7,8, 9, and 10 of the Premier League.

RoundOver 4.5 yellow cardsUnder 4.5 yellow cardsMatches with Red cards
Round 10730
Round 9644
Round 8642
Round 7642
  1. bet365 — Offers the most markets for yellow and red card betting.

  2. Bet UK — Offers handicap card betting options.

  3. Spreadex — Huge variety of card spread betting.

  4. Betfred — Excellent choice for booking points betting.

  5. Smarkets —The best choice for exchange betting on cards.

  6. Kwiff — The best prebuilt card betting parlays.

  7. bwin — Create bet builders using several different matches.

  8. Sporting bet — Football cards betting up to and during specific match minutes.

  9. BetVictor — Offers several yellow card markets for the top leagues.

  10. Parimatch — Superb number of bet boost options.

If you want to bet on yellow cards, bet365 is almost certainly your best choice. They’ve got it all — from regular total card and player card betting all the way to Asian handicaps and both teams to receive a card.

bet365 cards betting markets screenshot
(Source: bet365)

Above are all the markets offered for a Premier League match — by far the most you’ll find.

Pros:
  • Huge variety of betting markets
  • Unique options only found on bet365
  • Offered on many leagues and events
Cons:
  • There are fewer markets available for bet builders

In most cases, the only red cards market you’ll find is a ‘Yes or No’ bet on whether a card will appear at all. VAR can be an ally as referees are able to review direct red card incidents. Betting on red cards also offers brilliant value to booking points bets. So, I would suggest betting on booking points when you want to predict a red card.

Doing this gives you the added cushion of still having a chance to win a bet if a red card isn’t shown.

betfred cards betting markets screenshot
(Source: Betfred)
Pros:
  • Betting on whether a sending off will occur
  • Superb number of booking points markets
Cons:
  • You can’t bet on specific players getting red carded

If you want a diverse set of betting markets, cards are the one for you. Whether you're looking to add legs on a bet builder or to create a solid single bet, there’s an impressive set of options to choose from. Here are the best ones to try out:

1. Players to get booked

betvictor player to get booked odds screenshot
(Source: BetVictor)

The Players to Get Booked market allows you to predict a player to receive a card during a match.

2. Total cards betting

bet uk total cards betting screenshot
(Source: Bet UK)

For the Total Cards market, all you need to do is predict the number of cards that the ref will show and then select an over or under.

3. Booking points

betfred booking points screenshot
(Source: Betfred)

Bookmakers assign booking points to each card: 10 points for a yellow card and 25 for a red. You can bet on how many points you think there’ll be before the end of the match. Note that a player earning two yellows, and thus a red, accumulates a maximum 35 points for the match.

RankingBookmakerReason
1bet365Brilliant app which is virtually as good as the website
2SpreadexThe best app for spread betting on cards
3BetVictorSome excellent app exclusive promotions including a bet £20 get £60 app welcome offer
4bwinSuperb user interface with competitive odds on card betting
5SportingbetOne of the highest rated sports betting apps, offering a great overall experience.

Betting on cards can be an untapped betting gem and this article should give you the tools to uncover the great value in the market. Remember to always look out for the stats to create more well-informed bets.

Booking points give yellows and reds a score — 10 and 25 respectively — which are then tallied to give you a total number of points. Cards and corners are often placed together by bookmakers for bet builders.

The yellow card options let you bet on which players will receive a yellow card as well as the overall number of yellows shown in a match.

Yes, a red card counts as two yellow cards for bet365. In fact, the maximum card count per player is three.

WRITTEN BY Jeremy Sant Fournier View all posts by Jeremy Sant Fournier

If there’s one thing Jeremy loves, it’s sports. A football fanatic at heart, Jeremy can always been found watching, playing or talking about sports. It’s in his blood, and with a keen interest in sports betting, sports writing is a match made in heaven.

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