I fancied Fulham to collect 20+ booking points on Boxing Day and they duly obliged, and I’m going to side with a similar betting angle at Selhurst Park on Monday.
Crystal Palace vs Leicester (Monday, 15:00)
Crystal Palace will be looking to stop the rot when they lock horns with Leicester on Monday afternoon.
Roy Hodgson’s side were on the receiving end of a 7-0 drubbing by Liverpool before crashing to a 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Boxing Day, despite Villa playing the full second-half with 10 men.
Consequently, the Eagles are now winless in four and high-flying Leicester will likely offer little respite.
The Foxes have been among the overachievers in the Premier League this season and Brendan Rodgers’ side demonstrated their big game mettle when twice coming from behind to draw 2-2 with Man United on Saturday.
A sixth Leicester road success of the season will attract plenty of attention at a general even-money, however, there is an alternative angle that has caught my eye in the card markets.
Crystal Palace are priced up at 4/5 with Sky Bet to receive 20 or more booking points during capital clash and that betting angle makes appeal.
The South Londoners are averaging 1.67 cards per game this season but they have clocked up 20+ booking points in four of their last six Premier League matches.
Leicester, meanwhile, are drawing on average 1.73 cards per game from their opponents this season and four of the Foxes last six challengers have chalked up 20+ booking points.
Referee Graham Scott is averaging just over three cards per game this season but it’s worth noting that Scott has shown the home side two or more cards in five of the six top-flight tussles he has taken charge of to date.
What’s more, Hodgson will demand a reaction from his side after two dismal showings and given the pace and flair that Leicester posses in forward areas I reckon 20+ Crystal Palace booking points represents decent value at 4/5 with Sky Bet.
- Crystal Palace 20+ Booking Points (4/5, Sky Bet)