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Busquets good value to be first booked in Champions League final

| 25.05.2011

Sergio Busquets will have the job of the enforcer in the Barcelona midfield in the Champions League final against Manchester United and therefore 14/1 looks a big price that he will be the first player booked at Wembley.

Alongside keeping the ball moving quickly to Barcelona’s playmakers, one of Busquets’ chief jobs will be to break up play, particularly if his team lose the ball with numerous players caught up the field.

Busquets is widely perceived to make the most of any situations involving him and it is not outside of his margins to attempt to get other players booked.

Therefore, it would not upset too many people if he finds his way into the referee’s notebook and it is 9/4 in the Champions League odds that he is booked at any time within the 90 minutes.

Busquets can also be backed at 28/1 to be sent off in the final, which may prove good value bearing in mind that Xavi and Michael Carrick are the same price and are not known to make too many tackles in matches.

However, it may be Gerard Pique and Dani Alves that offer the greatest value in the Champions League bookings markets.

Pique collected 11 bookings in La Liga this season, while no Barcelona player has picked up more yellow cards in the Champions League in the current campaign.

Meanwhile, Alves has committed the most fouls for Barcelona in the competition this season and his desire to support in attack means that he could get caught out of positions on occasions.

Both Pique and Alves are 9/1 to collect the first card of the Champions League final, while they are 11/8 to be booked at any time at Wembley in normal time.

A £30 stake on Busquets being booked first in the Champions League final would return £420. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.