How Stoke City could benefit from bad news for Championship rivals



This weekend sees the final round of Championship games before the annual yellow-card amnesty.

This is the last weekend on which any player reaching 10 bookings for the season will receive a two-match ban.

After this weekend, a two-match ban will only be incurred if a player reaches 15 yellow cards for the season.

Stoke have no players on nine yellows going into this weekend’s round of matches, but some of their relegation rivals do.

They are Barnsley (Aapo Halme), Charlton (Darren Pratley) and Wigan (Nathan Byrne and Sam Morsy).

Sadly, should Morsy and/or Byrne be booked this weekend, their two-match ban will be served in time for them to return to action… at home to Stoke on March 21.

The other Championship players currently on nine bookings are Ben Pearson (Preston), Bright Osayi-Samuel (QPR) and Jordan Hugill (QPR).

Among those who’ve already reached 10 yellows are QPR’s former Stoke defender/midfielder Geoff Cameron.

As for team totals, Stoke’s record of  46 yellows in their 36 Championship fixtures this term is bettered only by Brentford on 41.

Charlton top the table on 84 yellows, though they are one of only two clubs (alongside Luton) who have no reds.

Mind you, plenty would have shown Callum McManaman a red for that swallow dive to win Luton’s late penalty at Kenilworth Road last week!





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