Both Jonjo Shelvey and Jack Colback are on the brink of picking up a two match ban.
The two Newcastle stars have picked up nine (Colback) and eight (Shelvey) yellow cards this season and if they reach ten, any time before and including Sunday 10 April, they will miss two Premier League matches.
If they can get to the end of Sunday 10 April without reach that 10 yellow card mark, then the cards are wiped out in terms of counting up to that 10 card tipping point.
The relevant matches before that point are:
2 March Stoke (A)
5 March Bournemouth (A)
14 March Leicester (A)
20 March Sunderland (H)
2 April Norwich (A)
9 April Southampton (A)
16 April Swansea (H)
23 April Liverpool (A)
Those last two matches are outside the bookings period but are matches that could be missed if 10th booking came in the Norwich or Southampton games (we also have the Man City home match to fit in, which could fall in this period).
Jack Colback’s record is a joke since joining Newcastle, this season picking up nine yellow cards despite just starting 18 Premier League games, his overall PL record at NUFC is 21 yellows in 53 starts (plus 1 sub appearance).
As for Jonjo Shelvey, he picked up six yellows at Swansea this season despite being left out of a number of matches, then at Newcastle he has picked up bookings at Chelsea and Everton.
There has been a popular groundswell for Jonjo Shelvey to be Newcastle Captain but these type of bookings in lost causes such as Chelsea and Everton, suggest a lack of discipline when things turn against him and his team.
Looking at the way the matches fall….
I can see a nightmare scenario where Jonjo Shelvey picks up a yellow card against either Stoke or Bournemouth, then a 10th against Leicester…meaning he would miss the games against both Sunderland and Norwich!
If he (or Colback) end up getting bookings in the normal run of the mill part of matches where challenges need to be made, then fair enough.
However, it will be hard to forgive if petulance and/or a lack of discipline provokes a yellow card(s) that triggers a ban when Newcastle potentially most need them.
It sticks in my mind when Joey Barton made a ridiculous cowardly challenge on Alonso at Anfield and was red carded in our last relegation season, meaning that he missed crucial games that he could have influenced in the final relegation run-in.
These are the Premier League players most at risk of the two game ban, as compiled by Sky Sports:
9 Jack Colback (Newcastle)
9 Lucas Leiva (Liverpool)
9 Claudio Yacob (West Brom)
8 Dele Alli (Tottenham)
8 Diego Costa (Chelsea)
8 Matteo Darmian (Man Utd)
8 Eric Dier (Tottenham)
8 Billy Jones (Sunderland)
8 Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)
8 Chris Smalling (Man Utd)
8 Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa)