Total Tournament Red Cards Odds

The betting total number for red cards for the World Cup in Brazil is set at 17.5, which is no surprise since there were 17 red cards doled out in the 2010 World Cup tournament.

Overall, in 2010 there were nine straight up red cards and eight that saw a second yellow card turn to a red. In 2006 there were 28 red cards!

World Cup Total Tournament Red Cards Betting Odds at Bet365
(64 matches in total and Extra Time does not count in this market)
Over 17.5 (-115)
Under 17.5 (-115)

Will the heat the humidity in Brazil this summer have players having their tempers flare easier? That remains to be seen.

Brazil is the host of the World Cup and the three squads that have registered the most red cards in the history of the tournament are teams from South America. Brail has 11 players sent off followed by Argentina with 10 and Uruguay with eight. The squads that have had the most players sent off with a red are also the two that have the best betting odds to win the World Cup this time around in Brazil and Argentina.

Will this World Cup see a match like the infamous "The battle of Nüremberg.” which took place in the 2006 World Cup? In that match, which pitted Holland and Portugal, two players from each squad were sent off with red cards for four total for the match. In 2010 in South Africa there was not one match that had more than one red card. The testiest match in 2010 was the final between Holland and Spain, which produced 14 yellow cards and one red.

Group A has a chance to have some red cards added to the tally with a couple of players not unfamiliar with being sent off. Cameroon’s Stephane Mbia saw four red cards in his days in France Ligue 1 and a couple in his days with QPR of the England Premier League and Sevilla in Spain. He is an attacking midfielder that may be a tackling machine to disrupt Brazil, Croatia, and Mexico in group play. Ramires from Brazil is another player that is not afraid of the hard tackle with eight yellows and one red in his career with the national side and eight yellows and one red in 30 matches for Chelsea this season.

Will this World Cup this summer be like the last one with not many red cards handed out or like the one in 2006 when there were 28 doled out?