We go to the Allsvenskan, the Swedish First Division, to look for the card overrun between the last two teams in the League: Kalmar and Falkbenbergs. In the absence of six days for the end of the championship, both teams are tied at 19 points, five from direct salvation and 3 points from Helsinborg, a team that would dispute, if everything remains so, the relegation phase. If they are not saved, direct to the Superettan, the Swedish Second Division.
As you can see, a duel of need. Perhaps the last train to hold on to the category with what lies ahead. Beating the main rival, in addition to the three points, can be a morale boost for the remainder of the League or suffer a defeat that leaves you emotionally touched for the remaining games.
They ask us for 5 yellow or, as you well know, 3 yellow and one red. The Swedish league, as far as possible, is not one of the worst among the Nordics to look for the card market. It depends a lot on the referees, the teams and what is being played. Here I think we have enough ingredients to try to add.
I leave you the numbers although I AGAIN REPEAT that in this game they do not matter much to me and I think that the need has to lead these teams to gamble and not go with fear to the game.
As we can see, in the last FIVE GAMES, both have averaged about two cards per game. That would leave us one of the line we seek. I repeat that with the situation of need of both teams it can come out perfectly. It would be ideal for someone to get ahead with what that entails for the disciplinary field (loss of time, possible bites, etc).
We have a reference from the beginning of the League between Kalmar and Falkenbergs with 5 YELLOWS (2-3 respectively), just the line we are looking for. That day Karlsson refereed, a pretty over referee. Today we have Sjoberg, a referee who has everything. He comes from quiet games (he has not exceeded the line we are looking for for seven games) but it is true that he had a previous streak of 3 greens (including reds).
I repeat, with what is at stake these two teams cannot speculate.