Jimmy The Punt is back with a 219/1 card treble covering action in the Premier League.
Brentford vs Manchester United
Manchester United’s new centre back came to England with a tenacious reputation, a reputation that he thus far lived up purely to based on his debut display against Brighton.
The Argentine was christened the Butcher of Amsterdam at Ajax due to his physicality, despite his small stature, that led to him accumulating 20 cards domestically in the Netherlands.
It took him just 47 minutes to familiarise himself with the officials in England as he went into the book for a cynical foul on Solly March. He was lucky not to concede a penalty as well for a shoving Danny Welbeck in the back in the second half with his side two goals down.
He will likely be opposing Ivan Toney in the capital on Saturday evening, a striker that certainly knows how to get under the skin of his opposite number.
Man City vs Bournemouth
Dominic Solanke was renowned for his goal-scoring exploits last campaign and if it was not for a certain Serbian, he would have topped the second tier's charts with 29 goals.
So good was his form in front of goal, it allowed his ill-discipline to slip under the radar. The English striker was carded six times in the league- twice in his last four appearances- conceding an average of over a foul per 90.
In his side's 2-0 victory over Aston Villa, somehow, the five fouls he committed went unpunished. Operating in a slightly deeper role then last campaign, his defensive responsibility will have increased, though it looks as though he was pretty clumsy.
If utilised in the same position with the same defensive responsibility at the Etihad, he could rack up a similar fouls tally, though this time I doubt it will go unpunished.
Brighton vs Newcastle
Joel Veltman was carded six times in the EPL last campaign and despite committing a total of four fouls, none of those cards came in Brighton’s games against Newcastle.
The Dutchman was only opposing Allan Saint-Maximin in one of those clashes. Based on ASM’s performance during game week one, I think the Seagulls right back will struggle to contain the Frenchman.
The mercurial winger drew four fouls vs Forest last week and both of his direct opponents went into the book, right wing back Neco Williams and right centre back Joe Worrall.