12 teams reached the halfway point of the Premier League season over the weekend, while Fulham became the first team to reach the 20-game mark.
For the players of those 13 clubs, the disciplinary list has been completely omitted for the time being.
But there are still seven teams yet to play 19 games this season, leaving a handful of players walking a tightrope ahead of their matches over the next few days – including some hoping to feature in Arsenal’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday.
here, the athlete It explains the rules around suspensions in the Premier League and looks at players who can still be punished for poor discipline.
How many yellow cards lead to suspension in the Premier League?
Premier League players are allowed some leeway in regards to yellow cards, but repeat offenders run the risk of being banned.
Any player who has received five yellow cards in the first 19 league matches this season will be banned for one league match. It is important to note that yellow cards no longer carry over to any of the domestic competitions, although red cards still do.
Reaching the 19-game mark offers relative respite, but the warnings from the first half of the season haven’t quite cleared up.
Those who have received 10 Premier League yellow cards before, including, game 32 of the season, must serve a further two game ban.
Who are the players at risk of being suspended?
The seven teams that will play their nineteenth match this week are: Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Brighton, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Leeds.
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Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielders will have to watch themselves at Selhurst Park on Wednesday. Casemiro and Fred have each taken four bookings this season, so another midweek caution means they are suspended for the trip to Arsenal on Sunday.
Jeffrey Schlupp and Joel Ward will also have to watch out Wednesday as the minors pair also walk the tightrope.
Manchester City’s 19th game hosts Tottenham on Thursday night, but with Erling Haaland and Joao Cancelo only three yellow cards ahead, there are no concerns about Pep Guardiola being suspended.
The same could be said of the Liverpool players on the field at Stamford Bridge on Saturday’s early start, with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s three bookings preserving his match.
Alexis Mac Allister will have to watch out for Brighton’s visit to the King Power Stadium at the weekend. The World Cup winner goes into that game with four yellow cards to his name – and another that will see him suspended for the subsequent visit to Bournemouth.
Jesse Marsh, whose team became the first in Premier League history to collect 100 yellow cards last season, will have to remind a few of his players to stay disciplined. Robin Koch, Rasmus Christensen and Marc Rocca are all another wary of suspension ahead of a visit to Brentford.
Last but not least: title-chasing Arsenal Mikel Arteta.
Gabriel Jesus picked up four yellow cards in quick time but his injury will mean he avoids any possibility of a ban. However, Gabriel, Bukayo Saka and William Saliba will all have to be at their best against Manchester United.
Booking any of those three will miss out on their trip to Everton on Saturday, February 4.
Players are at risk of being suspended this week
- Manchester United Casemiro and Fred
- Crystal Palace Jeffrey Schlupp and Joel Ward
- Manchester city – no one
- Liverpool – no one
- Brighton Alexis McAllister
- Leeds – Robin Koch, Rasmus Christensen, Mark Rocca
- Arsenal Gabriel, Bukayo Saka, and William Saliba
Who are the players with the most bookings in the Premier League this season?
Several players have already been forced bans for repeat offences, putting them at risk of further bans.
Group 32 of the all-important matches is scheduled to be played on the weekend of 22 April. Once the match round is complete, there will be no further suspension risks associated with picking up individual yellow cards.
Below is a list of the players with the most bookings this season.
7 – Ruben Nevis.
6 – Jolinton, Bobby de Cordova-Reid, Cheikh Doucoure, Anthony Gordon, Mark Gui, Joao Balinha, Kenny Tete, Evan Toney.
5 – Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bissouma, Bruno Fernandez, Moises Caicedo, Diogo Dalot, Andreas Pereira, James Madison, Scott McTominay, Chris Mepham, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Amadou Onana, Harrison Reid, Anthony Robinson, Adam Smith.
Other than Andreas Pereira, who picked up his fifth yellow card after Fulham had already played 19 matches, each of the aforementioned players has had to serve a one-match ban this season.
Which teams have collected the most cards in the Premier League this season?
Fulham have been the worst disciplinary offenders this season.
Marco Silva’s players got 49 yellow cards and one red card, a record that seems capable of challenging the mark set by Leeds last season (101 yellows and three reds).
At the other end of the spectrum, Manchester City picked up the fewest bookings. Their tally of 17 yellows is less than Liverpool’s – both teams got one red card each.
Here’s what the Premier League’s discipline table looks like, in order of most shades of yellow:
- Fulham 49 yellow cards, one red card
- Manchester United 46 yellow cards, no red cards
- Aston Villa 43 yellow cards, one red card
- Nottingham Forest 42 yellow cards, no red cards
- Crystal Palace 41 yellow cards and two red cards
- everton 41 yellow cards, no red cards
- Chelsea 39 yellow cards, three red cards
- Wolves 39 yellow cards, three red cards
- Leeds 38 yellow cards and two red cards
- spurs 37 yellow cards, one red card
- Newcastle 34 yellow cards, no red cards
- Bournemouth 32 yellow cards, no red cards
- Arsenal 32 yellow cards, no red cards
- Southampton 31 yellow cards, no red cards
- Brentford 26 yellow cards, no red cards
- Brighton 26 yellow cards, no red cards
- West Ham 25 yellow cards, no red cards
- lester 24 yellow cards, no red cards
- Liverpool 18 yellow cards, one red card
- Manchester city 17 yellow cards, one red card
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