By Alex Taylor
Aston Villa duo Tommy Elphick and Leandro Bacuna could face suspensions if they continue to pick up yellow cards over the next two months.
Elphick and Bacuna are Villa’s chief disciplinary offenders after already collecting three yellow cards apiece in the team’s opening five games this term.
Current FA rules state that any player who receives five yellow cards before 30 November will receive a one-match man, leaving the duo vulnerable to suspension.
Players who receive 20 or more cautions in a single season are required to attend a Regulatory Commission.
Villa have had forceful start to life in the Championship after picking up a combined 20 yellow cards in their first five games in England’s second-tier.
The staggering amount of bookings puts Villa three clear of Wigan (17) and six clear of Nottingham Forest (14) in the chart of the most booked Championship teams this season.
Roberto Di Matteo’s team average four yellow cards a game.
20 – Aston Villa have picked up 20 yellow cards in the Championship this season, three more than any other side. Villainous.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 9, 2016
But despite their bad record, Villa are generally treated well by other teams.
The Birmingham outfit’s opposition have been fairly restrained against the former Premier League giants, with Villa seeing opposing teams pick up exactly half of the bookings they have picked up this season in their matches, 10.
Villa were the worst offenders last season too, the Club were issued with 81 cards in England’s top-flight last term, averaging just over two a game
Di Matteo will be hoping to stamp out any further disciplinary problems and guide his side back to the Premier League this season.