‘Worst derby in the UK’ as Rangers v the other mob looms large

‘Worst derby in the UK’ as Rangers v the other mob looms large
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Ibrox Noise was amused to see the stats pertaining to the ‘dirtiest rivalry’ and learning Rangers v the other mob is well up among the worst in Europe.

While this list, delivered by BonusCodeBets, excludes the absolutely brutal South American leagues, nevertheless the stats for European rivalries sees Rangers and the other mob to be well up there.

For yellows, it’s fourth. For second yellows, joint second. For straight reds, a joint third. And for total red cards it’s joint third again.

As far UK goes, nothing comes close to Rangers v the other mob, although Arsenal Tottenham, statistically gets nearest.

The dirtiest rivalries? PSG Marseille, Lazio Roma, el-clasico, and Rangers the other mob.

Overall, the Old Firm is among the most undisciplined in the world but of course the stats, which only count the last 10 years, overlook Rangers’ disaster in 2012 and how that affected parity.

What does this mean for Sunday? Nothing we didn’t strictly already know – the match is absolutely the world’s most intense club rivalry, with only el-clasico matching it. No other UK derby even remotely comes anywhere near Rangers the other mob, even including the only other rivalry which could have staked a claim – Liverpool Man Utd.

But for pure red cards yellow cards etc, it’s hard to pick the clear worst, with all four of the top contenders matching each other for the most part.

Here’s the full list:

TeamsYellow CardsSecond Yellow CardsRed CardsTotal Red CardsGamesYellow Cards per GameRed Cards per game
PSG vs Marseille954812204.750.60
Lazio vs Roma1356410216.430.48
Barcelona vs Real Madrid124268215.900.38
Rangers vs Celtic115448244.790.33
Arsenal vs Tottenham102437214.860.33
Cardiff vs Swansea3412393.780.33
Arsenal vs Chelsea84156214.000.29
Newcastle vs Sunderland3702284.630.25
Sheff United vs Sheff Wednesday1010142.500.25
Crystal Palace vs Brighton48033133.690.23
Forest vs Leicester1801153.600.20
AC Milan vs Inter Milan116134215.520.19
Man United vs Liverpool78134213.710.19
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City2710164.500.17
Tottenham vs Chelsea93123214.430.14
Bayern vs Dortmund80213213.810.14
Fulham vs Chelsea2201182.750.13
Everton vs Liverpool89022214.240.10
Man City vs Man United88112214.190.10
Brentford vs Fulham34101113.090.09
West Brom vs Wolves500022.500.00

Fascinating stuff!

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