European Football: Spanish bad boy is card value.Byline: IAN IAN Interactive Affiliate Network
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LUIS GARCIA looks big at 16-1 to be the first player shown a card by referee Lubos Michel in tonight's Champions League semi-final second leg at Anfield.
The little Spanish forward doesn't automatically come to mind as someone who frequently breaks the laws of the game The Laws of the Game (also known as the Laws of Football) are the rules governing a game of association football (soccer). Current Laws of the Game
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That is the 11th highest in the Premiership, and more than any player on either side.
He has also picked up an unexpectedly-high six yellow cards.
Also in his favour is the fact that, unlike his shorterpriced colleagues Jamie Carragher and Didi DIDI Digital Image Design Incorporated (New York) Hamann, Garcia won't be suspended should Liverpool reach the final and he picks up another caution.
Punters considering backing other runners in the first card market ought to consider that the seven men who will be banned form the final if they are cautioned - Carragher, Hamann, Steve Finnan and Stephen Warnock for the home side and Ricardo Carvalho, Glen Johnson, and William Gallas for Chelsea - have no margin for error in their challenges.
Ladbrokes 7-4 for Chelsea to keep a clean sheet is another intriguing price. Bet Direct go just 10-11.
Recommendation Luis Garcia first card 1pt 16-1 (Bet365)
Liverpool's Luis Garcia receives a booking against Middlesbrough