While both goalkeepers will be bracing themselves for action in a match rich in attacking talent, referee Felix Brych could find himself the busiest man on the pitch when Juventus take on Real Madrid in Saturday’s Champions League final.
Having seen 26 yellow cards and one red brandished in the previous five meetings between the teams, another fiery encounter seems likely considering what is at stake at the Millennium Stadium.
With this in mind, dabblebet’s offer of 8/11 (1.73) odds on the game producing over 40 booking points (based on 10 points per yellow card and 25 per red) certainly looks tempting - a bet would have paid out in three of the last five encounters.
The other two of those previous clashes have seen exactly four yellow cards, and you can get odds of 4/1 (5.00) on this one also racking up 40 points precisely. Meanwhile, those expecting an altogether gentler affair can back the 15/8 (2.88) price available on under 40 points being produced.
However, that hardly seems likely considering Massimiliano Allegri’s men are the third most ill-disciplined team in this season’s competition, while the two most cautioned players in Champions League history will both be on the field (Sergio Ramos and Dani Alves - 23 yellow cards.)
What’s more, Los Blancos are certainly not averse to getting physical in high-stakes matches based on their last two European final appearances, with six players booked in 2016 and seven in 2014. Including extra-time, those games saw a combined total of 20 players go into the book.
All in all, odds of 5/6 (1.83) actually look like strong value on over 47.5 booking points being produced in Cardiff, and must be backed ahead of the same 5/6 (1.83) price on the figure totalling less than that.