As many readers may already be aware – any player who earns 5 bookings within their club’s first 19 Premier League appearances earns themselves a one-match ban to serve within that same competition.
Although yellow cards are not carried over into the EFL or FA cups, straight red cards still carry across to ALL competitions as of the 2019/2020 season.
Despite not having to worry about yellow cards in cup competitions, there are two Premier League teams currently residing in the top 5 of the table that each has 2 players sitting just one slip-up away from having to sit out of a fixture during their league campaigns…
The first of these teams being table-topping Arsenal. They currently have a player at each end of the pitch dangerously close to a ban, in the form of forward Gabriel Jesus, and defender William Saliba – each just one card away from their respective match bans.
The other team boasting two players who are in the same position, currently rounds out the top 5 teams in the Premier League table – Manchester United.
The Red Devils have midfielder Bruno Fernandes and defender Diogo Dalot one booking away from sitting out a fixture in the 2022/2023 Premier League season.
Which team do YOU think will have a player banned through bookings first?