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With so much on the line, Champions League finals can be hot-tempered affairs and I expect no different as Manchester City and Inter Milan meet in Istanbul on Saturday.
The man in the middle, referee Szymon Marciniak, has handed out 37 bookings and two red cards in his eight Champions League assignments this season for an average of 4.88 cards-per-game, and one way to take advantage of this is with the increasingly popular fouls markets.
Below, I’ve rounded up four of the most tackle-happy players expected to feature in the Champions League Final and put together a 14/1 Bet Builder to back the foul count.
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Bernardo Silva to commit 2+ fouls
Bernardo Silva has always been a feisty character and only Rodri has committed more fouls than the Portugal international for Manchester City this season.
He has been even more involved off-the-ball since Pep Guardiola switched to their revolutionary 3-2-4-1 setup. Operating on the right side of attack but assigned plenty of defensive work, Silva has committed at least two fouls in five of his last six starts, totalling 15 fouls in this period. He will be up against Inter’s adventurous wing-back Federico Dimarco, who was fouled three times in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.
Hakan Calhanoglu to commit 2+ fouls
Part of Inter Milan’s midfield three, Hakan Calhanoglu does a lot of work off the ball for the Italians and he will have even more to do if Manchester City do as they are expected and control the game.
The 29-year-old has committed at least two fouls in eight of his last nine starts in all competitions, totalling 20 fouls in this period and committing five over two legs against AC Milan in the Champions League semi-finals.
Denzel Dumfries to commit 2+ fouls
Denzel Dumfries has one of the toughest jobs on the pitch on Saturday as he tries to keep the notorious foul magnet of Jack Grealish quiet.
As you would expect, Grealish has drawn a Champions League-high 29 fouls in the competition this season and has been fouled 123 times – or 3.27 times-per-90-minutes – in all competitions, while Dumfries has committed eight fouls across his last five Champions League appearances.
Nicolo Barella to commit 2+ fouls
Priced at a tasty 9/5, Nicolo Barella will have to help out a lot defensively if Inter are to stop Manchester City passing through them.
Only Lautaro Martinez, Hakan Calhanoglu and Milan Skriniar have committed more fouls for Inter this season and the Italian midfielder has ramped up his aggression recently, committing nine fouls in his last five starts and being reprimanded by the referee at least twice in four of those.
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