That said Dean does like to take names and is one of the most card-happy ref’s in the League. In each of his last four seasons his average bookings index count has been on the high side, between 44 and 47. 75% of his matches over the last four seasons have contained three bookings plus. Find a potentially volatile match with him in charge and you can make hay.
Howard Webb:- This man in black was at the top end of the betting market to issue most cards in the 2010-2011 season and it’s not difficult to fathom why. His card counts have risen throughout his career as he has gained confidence and become more authoritative, almost at times making controversial decisions to stamp that authority – witness last seasons Champions League final and this year’s World Cup for some debatable decisions.
Look out for Webb in the Champions League as only 6 of his 15 matches refereed in this tournament ended up in under 40 bookings points. In his Premier League history, 37% of his matches resulted in 45 and over bookings points.
Andre Marriner:- Average bookings index last season of 42.7 and if officiating a fairly combustible looking game he is hastier than most with his pen and paper. He issued nine red cards last season which is shockingly high and that figure has somewhat distorted his overall bookings count for 09-10 which was 42.7. When this ref’s in charge of a derby match the players could be seeing red putting punters in the black.
Martin Atkinson:- The general trend with Atkinson seems to be his card count is on the rise with the last couple of seasons being his highest in his five year League tenure with bookings averages of 40 and 45 which is over the norm. He’s a man to follow for a high card count and with the slow ascent of card’s shown the odds may still be favourable.
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