Betting on yellow cards in football

Football betting is extremely popular across the world. Punters have a wide variety of leagues and championships to choose from including the EPL, the Bundesliga, Serie A and the UEFA Champions League.

Most punters place conventional bets where bookmakers invest significantly to put the odds in the bookmaker’s favour. Therefore, punters need easier alternative bets, yellow cards. Yellow cards are a prop bet often ignored by bookmakers meaning there are more loopholes for wins.

The statistics and information on yellow cards are also readily available, accessible and easy to understand. Therefore, any punter with time to research can make some good money.

This article will let you in on what you need to know to be great at yellow card betting.

What are Yellow Cards?

Football is a thrilling sport that evokes emotions in both the audience and players. There are many rivalries between players and teams that create a rush that results in players losing it. Referees are also, sometimes, at the end of the action with players insulting them or deliberately delaying the gameplay.

Any of these offences can earn a player a yellow card.

A yellow card is the first warning a player receives for an offence during gameplay. In some leagues, an accumulation of yellow cards can result in suspension for a game.

Yellow card betting became popular during big football tournaments such as the World Cup. They have since become popular among different bookmakers for football leagues across the world.

Before a punter places a bet on yellow cards, they should know the different types of football betting strategies.

Types of Bets

Yellow card betting can be categorised into two types; player bets and team bets. Player bets target specific players while team bets target the whole team.

Player Bets

Bookmakers place different odds on different players for yellow cards. The odds of a specific player are determined by their field position and history.

Field position includes whether they are a striker, midfielder, defender or goalkeeper. Each position has a higher affinity to receive a yellow card. Defenders are more likely to be involved in tackles which makes them susceptible to yellow cards.

Player history is also important to determine odds when combined with the field position. Some players are more aggressive and temperamental than others. they have a history of bookings or aggressive behaviour which increases their likelihood of yellow cards.

Team Bets

Team bets are bets made on yellow cards by a team or teams on a match day. The categories include:

  1. Total Number of Bookings: punters can bet on the total bookings of one team or both teams in a match. Most bookmakers use Over 5,5/Under 5,5 but this may differ across leagues. They base the figure on the average total of yellow cards which is five.
  2. Totals Booking Points: are based on a points system. developed by the bookmaker. The points allocated for a yellow card can range from 1-3 depending on the individual bookmaker’s system. The idea is to predict whether the total points will exceed the specified limit by the bookmaker.
  3. First/Next/Last Booking: this is about predicting which team will receive the first, next to or last yellow card during a game. It is most appropriate for live betting mostly for the “next” portion of the bet which you can only do during the game.
  4. Minute of Booking: this allows a punter to bet on the minute they think a yellow card will be awarded to a team. The game period of 90 minutes is divided into nine 10 minutes’ portions that a punter can place a bet.

Tips You Need to Know

As a punter, you should remember some key things that will inform your betting. You want your bets to be as accurate as possible.

Pay attention to the referee. A referee’s personality and attitude toward football matched will determine how many yellow cards they may give out. Stricter referees are more likely to hand out yellow cards than more lax referees who try to keep the game moving.

Research the rules and booking history of the teams. Players may have different motives to get a yellow card in a specific game. For example, they may be looking to reach the maximum yellow cards for a one-game suspension. They may prefer being suspended for the non-vital game so that they are available for a vital one.

Watch out for local derbies. They are usually high emotion games that will have a couple of yellow cards.


Since bookmakers are more focused on the big and common bets, betting on yellow cards is a great alternative for punters. But before taking it on, you should know the type of bets and tips to explore.

Once you know the history of teams, players and referees, you will be able to take advantage of this betting niche.

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