Liverpool’s meetings with Manchester United have been short of bookings this season, but all that should change this time around, deservedly or not.
Why? Their Europa League round of 16 first-leg showdown will be refereed by none other than Carlos Velasco Carballo (above).
The total accumulated bookings across both the sides’ league meetings this term was five – a pale imitation of the 11 cautions and one sending off in 2014/15.
However, match referee Velasco Carballo has shown no fewer than 74 yellow cards and six reds during the last 12 games he has officiated.
That’s an average of six bookings per fixture and one dismissal for every two matches overseen.
Over 4.5 yellows in the fixture can be backed at 18/25, despite Velasco Carballo dishing out as many as eight cautions and a red card in his most recent game.
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Only Crystal Palace average more fouls per game than the Reds’ 11.41 this term, suggesting their 18/25 favouritism to receive most cautions is fully justified.
Manchester United are 14/5 to claim a fifth successive win over Liverpool for the first time in their history, while the Anfield side are 11/10 for victory and the draw is 9/4.
In fact Liverpool have beaten their fiercest rivals just twice in their last ten meetings, with both triumphs coming during the 2013/14 campaign that was both United’s nadir and their own recent high-watermark.
All bar three of those ten fixtures saw the spoils decided by a one-goal margin, as did seven of the rivals’ previous eight meetings outside of league action.
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