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.
It’s been a while since FST have offered our best bets for the cards and corners markets but a few selections have stood out this week so now looks like an ideal time for a return.
I’ve had a look over Saturday’s 3pm kick offs in the Premier League and the late game between Watford and Manchester City at Vicarage Road and picked out a best bet from each fixture.
You can use these in your own accumulators or as part of a bet builder for any of the given games, or back them all in one 10/1 four-fold below.
Read on for our best cards and corners bets, and remember to check out our Premier League Match Predictions section for detailed analysis and tips ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
10/1 Cards & Corners Accumulator Tip
Newcastle vs Burnley
Best cards & corners bet: Both teams to receive 2+ cards at 5/4
Newcastle have the worst disciplinary record in the Premier League and they saw Ciaran Clark shown his marching orders after just nine minutes in their midweek 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Norwich.
Prior to that game against the Canaries, the Magpies had seen at least two players booked in nine consecutive games and they are averaging a league-high 2.83 cards per-game. However, Newcastle’s opponents also pick up a lot of cards and on average the teams they are playing against receive 2.08 cards per-game.
Burnley aren’t too far behind Newcastle in the cards stakes with the Clarets averaging 2.33 cards per-game, while they have seen at least two players booked in each of their last three games and in four of their last six on the road.
Southampton vs Brighton
Best cards & corners bet: Southampton corners match bet (most corners) at 8/11
There is a south coast derby to look forward to this weekend in what could be a tight affair. FST’s Alex Wrigley is backing a draw in his match prediction, but Saints may well win the corners match bet by taking the most corners. The hosts have won the corners match bet in five of their last seven Premier League games and have won 88 corners so far this season, the fourth highest total in the league, at an average of 6.13 per-game and at home that rises to 6.83.
Brighton average a not-too-shabby 5.17 corners per-game on their travels but do conceded more than they win, with 5.33 against, so Saints can win the corners match bet even if they don’t manage to take all three points at St Mary’s.
Wolves vs Liverpool
Best cards & corners bet: Over 9.5 corners at 8/11
I’ve got a more traditional selection for Liverpool’s trip to Molineux with a straightforward over 9.5 corners pick. Liverpool’s games are averaging 10.76 corners in total per-game and they are winning the majority of those themselves with 7.38. Away from home the Reds are actually winning more corners at an average of 7.83.
There have been 10 or more corners in Liverpool’s last two games and they won 11 themselves against Everton in midweek. We may only need two or three corners from the hosts for this leg of the accumulator to come in and Wolves average 4.17 corners per-game at home.
Watford vs Manchester City
Best cars & corners bet: Watford to receive over 1.5 cards at 8/13
The final selection comes from the late game as champions Manchester City head to Watford and I’m backing the hosts to receive at least two cards. The Hornets saw four players go into the referee’s notebook in their narrow defeat to Chelsea in midweek and have had two or more players booked in four of their last five games – and in each of their last three at home.
Watford are averaging 2.15 cards per-game, and a bit or tiredness may creep in here after their efforts against Chelsea so a few Hornets players may well pick up yellow cards as they try to keep up with City’s pacey attacking options.
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