Cards & Booking Points Football Stats & Guide (November 2021) – TPP

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Our constantly-updated Booking Points Table and Total Cards Table below shows which teams have been shown the most yellow and red cards in the top football leagues worldwide. There are 5 different tables to choose from: Over 3.5, Over 4.5, Over 5.5, Over 6.5 and Most Booking Points.

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TPP Booking Points Stats

The below table encompasses the most important data you’ll need while conjuring up your booking points predictions. This handy tool outlines card stats for hundreds of teams from the top football leagues worldwide.

Most Booking Points

Over 15 BP For

Over 25 BP For

Over 35 BP For

Over 15 BP Against

Over 25 BP Against

Over 35 BP Against

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Total Cards Stats

Total Team Cards are based on the number of yellow and red cards a team will receive during a match. Here we can see how many times teams have received Over 1.5, Over 2.5 and Over 3.5 bookings, as well as data on cards received against them during the current season.

Over 3.5

Over 4.5

Over 5.5

Over 6.5

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What Are Booking Points and How Are They Calculated?

In football, booking points are a system of rules bookmakers use to attach points to the yellow and red cards shown in a football match. Each card is worth the following points:

  • 1x yellow card = 10 booking points
  • 1x red card = 25 booking points
  • 2x yellow cards for the same player resulting in a red card = 35 booking points

Therefore, the maximum number of booking points that can be accrued by a single player is 35 points.


Cards & Booking Points Statistics

The cards and booking points stats tables above and below feature over 450 teams, designed to help you with your booking points predictions. Here you can select between Most booking points, Over 15, 25 or 35 booking points conceded, and Over 15, 25, or 35 booking points for. To make the most of the table:

  • Select the desired tab based on the stats you are looking for
  • Use the ‘Search’ bar to find a specific team, league or country.
  • Sort the data using the directional arrows.

The data is updated daily to make sure we have the most up-to-date stats available.

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Which Leagues Do You Offer Total Team Cards Stats For?

We currently offer cards and booking points stats for teams from the following countries and leagues:

  • Australia – Australian Football League
  • Austria – A-League
  • Belgium – First Division A
  • Brazil – Serie A
  • England – Premier League, EFL Championship, League One, League Two & National League
  • Finland – Veikkausliiga
  • France – Ligue 1
  • Germany – Bundesliga & 2. Bundesliga (also see 1. Bundesliga predictions on KickForm)
  • Greece – Superleague
  • Holland – Eredivisie
  • Italy – Serie A & Serie B
  • Norway – Eliteserien
  • Portugal – Primeira Liga
  • Scotland – Scottish Premiership
  • Spain – La Liga & Segunda División (check out the latest La Liga tips on KickForm)
  • Sweden – Allsvenskan
  • Switzerland – Super League
  • Turkey – Süper Lig
  • USA – MLS


Top 5 Bookmakers to Bet on Booking Points/Total Cards

Finding a brilliant bookie is key to successful punting – and this is no different for card markets. Below are the top bookmakers for card and booking point betting. These offered the best combination of quality of odds and quantity of markets.

Paddy Power Booking Points

Paddy Power Cards

At Paddy Power, betting on card index are settled as follows:

  • 1x yellow card = 10 booking points
  • 1x red card = 25 booking points
  • 2x yellow cards for the same player resulting in a red card = 35 booking points

There are a variety of card index markets to choose from, including total card index, away team card index, home team card index, exact card index, first half card index and card index match bet. Other fun markets include betting on which team will receive the first booking, time of first booking, home or away total cards and specific player to be booked.

Unibet Total Cards

Unibet Cards

Unibet don’t have a betting points system in place, but customers can bet on the number of cards shown in a match.

  • 1x yellow card = 1 card
  • 1x red card = 2 card
  • 2x yellow cards for the same player resulting in a red card = 3 cards

Besides the standard total cards markets, you can try your hand on several card handicap markets. They’ve also got a First Card. No Card, No Bet market, which basically means if no card is given out, your bet will be voided, and stake subsequently refunded. The Unibet bet builder does a great job at combining card bets with other types of bets, too.

BetVictor Booking Points

BetVictor Cards

BetVictor follow the standard booking points scoring method:

  • 1x yellow card = 10 booking points
  • 1x red card = 25 booking points
  • 2x yellow cards for the same player resulting in a red card = 35 booking points

Aside from booking points, you can wager on 1st or anytime carded player, the exact number of yellow cards, yellow card correct score between two teams, and whether there will be a red card in the match.

bet365 Card Markets

Bet365 Cards

bet365 do not offer a booking points market. However, there are plenty of other card markets to have a crack at.

  • 1x yellow card = 1 card
  • 1x red card = 2 card
  • 2x yellow cards for the same player resulting in a red card = 3 cards

At bet365 you’ll find a range of card handicap and Asian card handicap markets, as well as being able to bet on number of cards in the match, player to be booked, time of first card, 1st player to be booked and 1st team to be booked. If you want action right from kick off, over/under 0.5 cards in the first 10 minutes is a perfect choice. All in all, there are plenty of great reasons to join bet365, and their card offering is certainly one of them.

William Hill Booking Points

William Hill Cards

Using the standard booking points system, William Hill offer a tremendous range of card-related bets.

  • 1x yellow card = 10 booking points
  • 1x red card = 25 booking points
  • 2x yellow cards for the same player resulting in a red card = 35 booking point

You’ll find plenty of booking point bets to wager on, as well as total cards in both halves,  whether a card will be shown during 15-minute time intervals, the time of the first card, and which team will receive the last card.


So, What Are Match Booking Points and How Do They Work?

The basics of match booking points couldn’t be simpler. Bookmakers assign points for yellow and red cards handed out throughout a game of football and you bet on how many points you think there will be during a match.

So, if you are under the impression that booking points are going to be complicated or hard to understand, they are not. People often misinterpret the versatility of this market with complexity, but that is simply not the case. Now we understand the basics of what match booking points is, let’s move onto specifics.

A yellow card is worth 10 points. A red card is worth 25 points. If two yellow cards are shown, and the player as a result gets a red card, this is worth 35 points, accounting for both cards.

A couple of key rules include that this market takes place within the game’s 90 minutes plus injury time, meaning that extra-time does not count towards the points overall. Also, any cards shown to managers or players that are on the bench do not count. Put simply, only cards shown to players on the field count.

Booking points example:

Let’s take a look at a match that took place between Leicester City and Manchester United to put this into practice (image from

Cards Leicester vs Man United


Focusing solely on booking points, here’s how the game went down:

  • Minute 9: Maguire yellow card – 10 points
  • Minute 63: Lindelof yellow card – 10 points
  • Minute 68: Evans yellow card – 10 points
  • Minute 83: Matic yellow card – 10 points
  • Minute 90: Pogba yellow card – 10 points
  • Minute 91: Williams yellow card – 10 points
  • Minute 93: Evans second yellow card and a red card – 25 points

From this one example, we can see how the rules come into play. In this game there were 85 booking points in total, which is definitely on the higher side. Five Manchester United received yellow cards (Maguire, Lindelof, Matic, Pogba, Williams), meaning they racked up 50 booking points in total. Evans was the only Leicester player to be booked, and unfortunately for him, he received two yellow cards and a red card as a result, totalling 35 points.

Let’s take this example and see the results in different booking points betting markets (taken from William Hill and Paddy Power).

Total Booking Points

Total Booking Points

Different bookmakers break total booking points down into different ways but, as is always the case with match booking points, the basics are simple. You predict how many total booking points there will be at the end of the match.

In the case of our example, only the over bets would have won since it was a card-heavy affair.

Most Booking Points

Most Booking Points

In this market, the overall amount of points only matters in terms of who has the higher number. In case you’re wondering, the screenshot here is of a different game because we couldn’t use a screenshot of a game which has already concluded. Nevertheless, if we apply it to our example, Manchester United had the most booking points, and that bet would be the winner here. It is also worth mentioning that tied booking points generally yields fairly sizeable odds if you’re looking for that kind of market.

Half Booking Points

Half Booking Points

This works in the same way as total booking points, but it’s exclusive to making predictions on a half rather than the full 90 minutes of a match. Most bookies will give you the opportunity to bet on the first half or second half. This is a good market if you predict teams will start or finish a match cautiously or aggressively. It’s important to remember that generally, more cards are awarded in the second half of games than the first, and the odds will reflect that.

In the case of our example, only one card was dished out in the first half, meaning the Exactly 10 Points bet would have been a winner.

Home/Away Booking Points

This also works like total booking points, but only for one team. We recommend this market if you have reason to believe a specific team will pick up or avoid getting carded.

In our example, Leicester racked up 35 booking points, so you’d have to have gone for the Over 30 Points market to be successful.

These are some key examples of the main markets for Match Booking Points. We hope that you can see from our examples that while there are a lot of different options, the way in which they work is very straightforward. You only really need to understand the core rules and concepts in order to easily grasp what you are betting on and how to win.

You can even combine these bets with other markets like Corners Taken and Over 2.5 Goals for bigger odds using a bookie’s bet builder feature.


Other Card Betting Markets

There are other examples of card betting markets which don’t operate off a points-based system. Below are a few of our favourites.

Total Cards & Total Team Cards

Instead of betting on booking points, some bookies – such as Bet365 and Unibet – will allow you to bet on the actual number of cards. For example, one market could be over/under 2.5 cards to be shown in a match.

Number of cards in matchAnother could be team cards, where you will place an over/under bet on the total amount of cards shown to one team. The thought process for bets like these would be identical to betting on total booking points or home/away booking points.

Team Cards

Card Handicaps

Card Handicaps

Handicap betting is popular on a variety of different markets, including match results, corners, and the main focus of this article, cards. “Handicap” refers to one team receiving a virtual head start or deficit. One team is granted an “advantage” (indicated by a + figure) and the other a disadvantage (indicated by a – figure).

Applying this to card betting with an example:

Crystal Palace -1 card (5/2 odds)

Manchester United +1 card (4/6 odds)

In this match-up between Manchester United and Crystal Palace, Manchester United have been given +1 to their card total and Crystal Palace have been given -1 to their card total.

Crystal Palace would have to receive at least 2 more cards than Manchester United for the bet to be successful.

Manchester United would have to receive more, or the same number of cards as Crystal Palace for the bet to win.

Asian Handicaps are also commonly offered, and with these bets, if the outcome ends in a draw, then the bettor’s stake is refunded.

Player to be Booked

Player to be Booked

This is a very straightforward market. Wagering on a player to be booked will be successful if that player is shown a yellow or red card. To get even tastier odds, you can place on which player will be booked first.

There are a few things to remember here:

  • If the market is specifically ‘First Yellow Card’ and not ‘First Player Booked’ then a red will not count
  • If two players are booked at the same time, then it’s the player who is shown the card first that is usually paid out by bookies
  • If you bet on a player to be booked and he doesn’t start the match, most bookies will void the bet

More card markets

Of course, we’ve only just skimmed the surface here. Some other markets we love are:

  • Time of 1st/Last Card
  • Team to Receive 1st/Last Card
  • Player to Be Sent Off
  • Total Match Cards Odd/Even


Things to consider when betting on cards and booking points:

Now that we fully understand how cards work and how you can bet on them, it is time to discuss tactics on how to approach these markets when making your booking points predictions.

There is no magic formula but by doing a little research and betting with a little common sense, you can make sure that whatever bets you are making are carefully thought out predictions rather than stabs in the dark. The things you should look at before placing your wager include:


#1 Recent Form

The simplest place to start is often the best. Check out how each team has been doing in terms of bookings in the last few months to get a general idea of their form in the regard. There are a bunch of great websites that will help you do this. Are they a side who gets booked often? If so, is this the case for the team in general or are there specific players who make up the majority of these bookings?

This latter point is an important one we’ll address in greater detail on our next tip. The important point here is to get a general overview of how each team usually performs in terms of bookings. Once you have this, we can start to investigate a little more about how other factors could affect these results.

#2 Line-ups 

It’s not always the case but the reason we told you to check which players are the most likely culprits is often because a team will have high match booking points due to a select few players. Whether or not these players are in the game you are looking at will be absolutely vital to the kind of bet you should make.

If the usual suspects aren’t playing, consider who they will be replaced with and their record in terms of bookings. All in all, it is crucial to consider the line-up carefully when making a prediction, and not to treat teams as a singular entity.

Moreover, if you’re betting on a player to be booked, try pick someone who is likely to play the majority of the match. A lot of cards are picked up in the latter stages of the game, so if your player is usually subbed around the 60th minute mark you’ll be disadvantaged.

#3 Head to Heads

While looking at a team’s results over the last couple of months will give you a great oversight, there is also the specific chemistry between the two teams in question to take into account. Different styles often yield different results in booking points.

For instance, if a team has been playing a mostly defensive side and are now facing a much more aggressive opponent, the results from those previous couple of months may be less relevant than if their opponents were more consistent in play style. The best way of figuring this out is probably to go back and look at the last couple of times these teams faced, especially if it was a relatively recent match-up.

#4 The Importance of The Event

Teams will play differently depending on how vital a game is to them. It will affect everything from style to the line-up. For instance, imagine if you are betting on a high-stakes match between two title contenders. Emotions will be running high, the atmosphere will be electric and both teams will be give everything to win. You’re likely to see players flying into challenges and picking up cards as a result. On the other hand, if it’s a friendly or dead-rubber match at the end of the season, players will approach it with a completely different intensity, and this will probably be reflected in the number of cards shown.

Another way in which this can hugely impact the outcome is whether there is a personal rivalry between the teams. A derby with a lot of history such as Manchester United vs Manchester City, or Arsenal vs Tottenham could create a more volatile playing style and more cards will be brandished.

#5 Referees – The Stars of The Show

Probably the biggest mistake in people’s approach is that they forget to factor in the referee. We all know that the rules remain the same but how strictly these rules are enforced does change – in some cases quite significantly, depending on the referee for the game.

The stats will show you that there is a big difference between someone like Michael Oliver and Lee Probert. Some referees, for instance, often blow their whistle for a foul, but are lenient on the cards. Getting to know the quirks of the referee is our secret weapon for best utilising card and booking point markets.


Advantages of match booking points:

We know how booking points work, and we know some ways to make our bets that bit more effective. But why exactly should we choose this type of market above others? Here’s a quick breakdown of our top five reasons to bet on booking points.

1) Versatility

One of our top reasons for betting on match betting points has to be its versatility. Just look at the amount of markets available to you. Bookmakers have taken this concept and pulled every possibility from it, and that’s a wonderful thing

2) It’s about the individual and the team

This is another great thing about card betting. It lets you deep dive a team’s dynamic and the effect of individual players. When you start to work out how best to bet using our tips, we think that you’ll actually learn quite a lot. You will learn more even about a team you have been following your whole life. Few consider a team through this type of lens, giving you a unique perspective and appreciation for the beautiful game.

3) There’s so much to consider

Alongside opening your eyes to team and player dynamics, this form of betting is really in depth all around. From the referee to the event itself, there’s so much to take into account, especially considering the amount of markets there are.

4) Provides greater interest in one-sided games

Among the best things about betting is the ability to make less interesting games shine. For instance, you may otherwise skip a game between heavyweight sides like Barcelona or Man City and an underdog side. However, things like match booking points, and other markets, can provide you with a reason to watch and get invested about an unknown result.

5) You don’t have to choose it over other betting types

Speaking of those other markets, our final point would be that actually, you don’t have to choose card betting over anything else. You can enjoy this type of betting in conjuncture with everything else that is out there. Through bet builders, you can bet which team will win, by how many goals, and how many cards will be shown. This can be really handy, especially when you want to boost your odds.


Cards & Booking Points Football FAQs

🎁 What are match booking points?

This is a bet type based on the amount of red and yellow cards handed out during a match. Each card is assigned points, and betting markets are based around the result of those points.

👌 How many points are given per card?

Each yellow card is worth 10 points, each red card is worth 25 points. Two yellow cards resulting in a red card is worth 35 points.

🍒Any key rules to remember when making booking points predictions?

Extra time will not count towards the overall match booking points or card bets, and only cards shown to players on the pitch count. This means that those given to substitutes, to a manager, or after the game would not count.


ThePuntersPage Final Say

Match booking points remain one of our favourites types of betting. It manages to balance depth and simplicity while approaching the game from a completely unique angle. On top of that, there are few more ideal examples for mixing with other betting markets for things like accumulators or just multiple bets in general.