The 10 Players Most Likely to Be Sent off at World Cup 2014

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The 10 Players Most Likely to Be Sent off at World Cup 2014
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Whether it's his sometimes rugged approach to tackling, overzealous celebrations or dissent toward the officials, logic dictates that Mario Balotelli stands as one of the favourites to see red at this summer's World Cup.

Unsurprisingly, it's the defences of those "smaller" participants who will be considered most likely to see their numbers reduced due to the gulf in talent between them and their respective group foes. But tempers can boil over for any player, and, like Balotelli, there are those more prone to lashing out and receiving their marching orders than others.

Taking into account the setting of the pool phase, as well as those challenges that sides look likely to come up against in the competition's latter stages—should they make it that far—we've compiled a list of 10 of the players most likely be sent off during the upcoming extravaganza.

There were 17 red cards shown at the 2010 World Cup, giving Brazil something of a reputation to live up to this year. Let us know who you think will be sent for an early shower in the comments section below.

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