Sports Journalist at FST, Gareth qualified as a journalist after graduating from university and spent over a decade as a freelance broadcast journalist, commentator and tipster before joining FST. Now living in Manchester, he is a long suffering Bolton Wanderers fan who also enjoys boxing, the NBA, tennis and rugby league.
We’ve seen players scoring and being booked in the same game emerge as a bit of a trend lately, particularly over the international break.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Portugal against the Republic of Ireland but was also shown a yellow card, England’s Raheem Sterling scored and was then instantly booked in the thrashing of Hungary and Romelu Lukaku scored for Belgium and then picked up a yellow card late on against the Czech Republic.
Could we see something similar in England’s top flight on Saturday? Perhaps, and as there are six Premier League games kicking off at 3pm on Saturday afternoon we’ve looked for a couple of candidates from those fixtures who can grab a goal and may also find themselves going into the referee’s notebook.
Two have stood out, and the result is a four-selection ‘double’ bet that pays out at a huge 321/1.
Read below for more, and be sure to check out our dedicated Match Predictions section for more detailed analysis.
321/1 Player to score & be booked double tip
Arsenal vs Norwich City
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to score and be booked
Arsenal are one of two Premier League teams yet to score this season, the other being Wolverhampton Wanderers, but surely that goal drought has to end when Norwich and their flimsy backline arrive at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
The Canaries have conceded 10 goals already and look set for a long season back in the top flight. Aubameyang may well be the man to end the Gunners’ goal drought in the league and there is a chance he could be shown a yellow card too. The former Borussia Dortmund striker doesn’t necessarily have a bad disciplinary record – but he did pick up a yellow card while playing for Gabon during the international break and was also booked in a game he scored in against a struggling Fulham side last season.
Leicester City vs Manchester City
Ilkay Gundogan to score and be booked
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has one goal and one booking in three games for the champions this season, and he could double his tally in both columns there when they head to Leicester on Saturday.
The Foxes tend to give City difficult games and have already beaten them in the Community Shield this season. This is the kind of game where a few City players may get frustrated and the cards could start to come out, it is also the kind of game where a moment of brilliance or set-piece wizardry could prove the difference – and Gundogan could be involved in both of those potential situations.
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