Premier League Bad Boys: Predicting the Top 7 Clubs to Get Red Carded in 2011-12
The sending off of players is always a hot topic in the English Premier League, as it is the most physical league in the world according to many different sources.
Pace, aggression and passion are the fuel to the fire of the English game, and it is no secret that the physicality of the English leagues as a whole makes them the most watched of any league in the world.
Referees like Phil Dowd—pictured above—hold games in the balance as their decisions are made on the spot and have the ability to change games and alter teams seasons based on a split second of brilliance or negligence.
Taking that into consideration and looking at the results from last seasons disciplinary records, I have compiled a list of the top seven clubs that will most likely see red during the season.
Manchester United and Liverpool
Although there was only one red card handed out to the Red Devils last season, they have several disciplinary candidates in their ranks. Captain Nemanja Vidic is not one to shy away from a crunching tackle, and at times, he can pay the price.
Wayne Rooney is hot headed and can make rash tackles or talk his way into a card more times than not.
If Javier Hernandez is not more careful at times, he could get sent off if he has another believed dive like last season against Wolves.
The young Da Silva twins are also slightly raw and hot headed, and as they see more playing time this year, there is a chance at least one of them could visit the showers a little too soon.
Liverpool are also in the same boat as United, as the Reds received only two red cards last season in the league. The addition of Charlie Adam will see more physical contact in the middle, and as Lucas Leiva continues to build his strength as a holding midfielder, he could pick up one or two as well.
The Toffees have a similar list of possible red card recipients as Marouane Fellaini, Seamus Coleman, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, and Victor Anichebe are all likely to have another dealing with red card this new season.
Mikal Arteta received one last season, but I would have predicted Tim Cahill to have gotten it before him.
Everton totaled five reds but only 57 yellows last year, making them lower on the list than others.
The Baggies topped the red card charts with seven last season, but they only added 54 yellows as one of the more calm teams in the league, which sees them stay away from the top of the charts.
Youssouf Mulumbu was their primary offender with two reds, while he was joined by Gonzalo Jara, James Morrison, Ibanez Pablo, Paul Scharner, and Gabriel Tamas.
With both Scharner and Mulumbu guaranteed a large slate of games this season, they are expected to have the best chances to getting booked twice for their club.
Lee Catermole is perhaps the most aggressive central midfielder in the game, as he is almost consistently on top of the Premier League's red card charts. His presence alone makes the Black Cats more likely to get red carded this year.
Their total of 60 yellow and five reds saw them in the middle of the disciplinary pack as a whole, but Kieren Richardson is also a red card threat, and Steve Bruce could be a man down at least five times again this season.
Sunderland also added former Birmingham midfielder Craig Gardner to their club. Like his new teammate Cattermole, he also had two sets of marching orders dished out his way in the 2010-11 season.
Owen Coyle's Bolton Wanderers were 18th last season on the disciplinary charts as the Trotters amassed five red cards and 68 yellows.
Daniel Sturridge got one on loan during his time at the club, and he could be another one to cause Everton to stay on the charts if he indeed goes on loan to them.
Ivan Klasnic is another front man that could see red for Bolton. Captain Kevin Davies is one of the most physical in the league and constantly is one of the most highly cautioned players in the league, but the sly veteran is rarely sent off.
Laurent Koscielny was truly unlucky with one red card last season as the Gunners tallied up six red cards and 68 yellows, their red card total only being eclipsed by West Bromwich Albion.
Young Jack Wilshere has been known to have a temper and get a little too hot and heavy with his tackles which could see him get punished. The ruckus at the back could cause Koscielny and at least another teammate to suffer similar upsetting falterings at the back, causing more ill-timed reds.
Abu Diaby and Bacary Sagna also have their moments at times and could add to this coming seasons card total at least once in 2011-12.
Last season Manchester City racked up 74 yellow cards and five red cards.
Mario Balotelli could get red carded more than once in a season easily, as he is always a loose cannon.
Nigel De Jong is usually very sly with his tackles, but every now and then, one may get away from him by accident.
Yaya Toure is another player in that sly tackling boat with De Jong, but I could see him getting to into it at least once this season.
Finally Micah Richards is a tough tackler at the back and could muscle his way to a red card, while Carlos Tevez is always a threat to run his mouth a little to much and who knows where that could lead.