Online betting sites in Spain suggest that some of the squad’s key players are in danger of being remembered for committing fouls. Here’s our rundown on who has the highest odds to become the Spanish player with the most cards in the 2018 World Cup.
Diego Costa (7.50)
Costa is a reliable goalscorer and already found the net three times in this World Cup. However, sometimes he makes online sportsbook news in Spain for the wrong reason. His career has featured some controversial red cards, such as his goal celebration send-off this year or his apparent biting attempt two years ago.
The forward is known for his hot-headed temperament and tendency to pick fights. Some of it is intentional: he admitted that he had adopted his physical style of play because the referees in the Premier League had been against him. Still, this approach has its dangers and there is no guarantee he won’t receive cards.
Sergio Busquets (1.50)
The only Spanish player to have already been booked in the 2018 World Cup, Busquets will have to be extremely cautious in the round of 16, against Russia, as cards are only wiped out in the quarter-finals.
Among Spain’s players, he has committed the most fouls in the group phase (5). He is a notorious diver and is prone to excessive protests. That, coupled with the important part he plays in defending, makes him a very likely candidate to become the Spanish player with the most cards in the 2018 World Cup.
Sergio Ramos (7.50)
Ramos invited the spite of football fans worldwide in the Champions League final, when his tackle caused a shoulder injury to Mo Salah, the goalscoring powerhouse of Liverpool. He also clashed with Karius not long before the goalkeeper made his game-changing mistake.
Karius was diagnosed with a concussion after the match. Ramos created even more controversy with his scornful reaction to the question whether the concussion might have been caused by their clash: “After the goalkeeper said that I dazed him with a clash, I am only missing Firmino saying that he got a cold because a drop of my sweat landed on him.”
But that is only his most recent incident. In fact, Ramos has already received more cards than anyone else in the history of Champions League and La Liga. He is not playing more gently with his national team, either. The VAR will not be used in the Champions League in the immediate future, but it is available to the referees at the World Cup, so Ramos won’t be able to get away with as much as he has in Real Madrid.
Who else could be the Spanish player with the most cards in the 2018 World Cup?
Gerard Piqué has the same betting odds as Costa and Ramos, 7.50. However, his performance has been underwhelming and coach Hierro is reportedly thinking about replacing him with Nacho Fernandez, which would obviously prevent him from collecting cards. For that reason, the players discussed above are the most realistic picks. Nevertheless, if you are considering an inside bet, you can check out the betting odds for the rest of the Spanish team at Unibet Sportsbook.