Spread betting on bookings

SPORTING Index offer a variety of markets on bookings, which means you can have a bet on a game without caring what the result is as long as tempers flare or remain calm – depending on your position.

The Merseyside derby has always been one of the most passionate affairs in European football and, with renowned hot-head Mario Balotelli lining up, tomorrow’s lunchtime kick-off could get fiery.

The former Manchester City man has a terrible disciplinary record and has been sent off seven times in his club career – including against Arsenal and Liverpool when he plied his trade at the Etihad.

Another stat to note is that Martin Atkinson is in charge. He has issued three red cards in the last three Liverpool versus Everton clashes he’s refereed. And Atkinson has been trigger happy already this term, showing 18 yellows in his four Premier League games so far.

Bookings points are trading at 52-56 (25pts for a red card, 10pts for a yellow card). There have been 47 yellows and two reds in the last 10 meetings between these city rivals and, with both teams enduring a poor start to the season, expect to see Atkinson busy.

The time of the first yellow card can be sold at 31 and that looks a decent bet. Gareth Barry was carded in both derbies last season and you can buy his booking minutes at a cheap 3 – surely worth a wager.