Good news for Alvaro Morata & Fernandinho
Heading into the final weeks of the season, many fans are worried about suspensions.
Two of the most booked players in the Premier League this season are Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata and Man City’s Fernandinho.
Morata is on eight bookings in his first season at Stamford Bridge.
Fernandinho has been shown the yellow card nine times this league campaign.
Ban relief for Chelsea & Man City
But there’s a modicum of good news for Morata and Fernandinho, as even if they now amass 10 bookings, they’ll only receive a one game ban.
Had the Chelsea or Man City stars collected ten bookings before gameweek 32 of the season, they would have been slapped with a 2-match ban.
Yet, under the FA suspension rules “there are cut-off dates for receiving a sanction as a result of accumulated cautions.”
The most recent cut-off date was late weekend.
Alvaro Morata has avoided a two-match ban for accruing yellow cards already as he would have needed 10 by the 32nd game for it to apply, in fact, all Chelsea's players have avoided that. Morata is on eight domestic yellow cards which is the highest in the squad. #CFC
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) April 3, 2018
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Champions League preview
Liverpool host Premier League table toppers Manchester City at Anfield on Wednesday night in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie.
Liverpool progressed to the last eight of the competition after a 5-0 aggregate win over Porto. The Reds scored all five in the first leg in Portugal before playing out a 0-0 draw at Anfield, a result which extends their unbeaten run in the Champions League to 12 matches.
Mohamed Salah continued his absolutely ridiculous goalscoring form on Saturday. The Egyptian netted his 29th Premier League goal of the season – and 37th overall – in Liverpool’s come-from-behind 2-1 win at Crystal Palace. Sadio Mane scored Liverpool’s first goal.
The victory all but assures Liverpool a spot in next season’s Champions League. The Reds are 10 points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea, although they have played a game more than their London rivals.
Man City were 5-2 aggregate winners in their round of 16 tie against Basel. Man City followed up their 4-0 away win in the first leg with a 2-1 defeat at the Etihad.
City beat Everton 3-1 on Saturday, producing one of the best first half performances in recent memory. Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling all netted in the first period before Guardiola’s men let off the gas in the second half.
A win for Man City on Saturday in the Manchester derby would see them clinch the Premier League title with six matches to spare – against their biggest rivals, no less.
12 goals have been scored in the two Premier League meetings between these sides this season. Manchester City beat 10-man Liverpool 5-0 in September.
The Reds got their revenge in January, beating Man City 4-3 at Anfield and inflicting City’s only defeat of the league season to date.