Yellow Cards: Betting Guide


Secondary betting markets: yellow cards

Nowadays games of big leagues like Ligue 1 and the UEFA Champions League have around 100 betting markets for each separate game.

It means that every single match is a multiverse of betting options. If you add the variety of odds due to market fluctuation and sports facts like goals, injuries, and substitutions, the options are infinite indeed. Let’s learn more about this popular betting market: yellow cards

But before jumping into the contents of this secondary market, you can check our Beginners’ Guide to Football Betting if you want to learn the basics.

Betting on the number of yellow cards

The number of yellows that a team will get is not arbitrary. There are ways to predict if a game is likely to produce a big number of yellow cards or not.

Some teams are prone to violent fouls. Their average of yellow cards will be bigger, which will affect the betting odds. This means you can’t just bet on teams without considering the odds, because your profits will be affected by the prices (odds) that you get on the markets.
To profit in the long run you need to anticipate what will happen.

Examples of how to anticipate the markets

Let’s suppose that PSG is facing a strong adversary like Real Madrid on the road. In this hypothetical scenario, it’s the second leg of the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, and the aggregate result right now is PSG 1 – 0 Real Madrid.

Both Marquinhos and Sergio Ramos already have received yellow cards. The best centre-backs that usually start on the bench are injured, including Kimpembe.

This means the coach will have to count on the experience regulars to avoid the red.
In this scenario, we’re not much likely to see yellow with PSG. Attacking teams tend to produce fewer yellows. This means you should bet against them in this scenario.

Over/Under Yellows

The market of yellow cards is a typical over/under market. It means you need to bet if the game or a team will have a specific number of cards.
We’ll publish a detailed guide about over/under markets, but we’ll explain with a simple example.

If you bet on the game to have over 3.5 yellow cards, you lose the bet if the game has 3 cards or less, and you win it in case it produces 4 or more cards. The market uses a decimal number to avoid a ‘betting draw’ which is a concept we’ll also explore in an upcoming guide.

Yellow card betting markets

There are several markets for yellow cards. You can bet if a specific player will receive one. You can also bet on who’ll be the first player to get one.

You can bet on what team will get the first one, and, you can even bet whether there’ll be any yellow in the match (over/under 0.5 cards), and if a specific team will have any yellow (visitors over/under 0.5 yellows)

Like any other market, this is an exciting secondary one that can be a profitable one based on sports knowledge.

You can make the most of your knowledge regarding the situation of the teams, the mood of the teams, and more. The last game of PSG yesterday, the draw against Reims was a game full of cards.

Check our betting review of Reims 0 – 0 PSG to see our analysis about match result betting and whether you can profit from betting on PSG to win games or only through handicaps.