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Total fouls committed is the amount of fouls perpetrated by an individual or team in an event. The bet can also refer to an entire tournament if the market is offered and the official statistician determines the result for that match, league or competition.
Bettors will generally be able to select the total fouls committed market as an under/over type of pick. This means that they can predict either under or over the stated number for the total fouls committed in a match.
Any sport that has fouls and penalties as part of its rules can theoretically have this market open to bettors. That would mean basketball, for example, would not be included as players in that sport are ruled to be ‘fouled out’ once they reach a certain number. Any foul bet related to a basketball game could be too easy to call.
The total fouls committed bet is favoured by bookmakers as it is a luck bet that cannot be easily researched. Although it must be said that some players – in many sports – do have reputations for committing more fouls and the market odds would be affected. Knowing these players are – or are not – involved would be advantageous.
It might surprise most football fans to learn that the players who commit the most fouls are not usually defenders – or even midfielders. Those not in the know might think that players supposedly making the most tackles in a match will be more likely to foul more but it is attacking players that usually top the foul charts. This is probably because tackling is not really one of the strengths and their timing is wrong more than right.