Where have the draws gone in the Premier League?
Opta’s Duncan Alexander has posted an incredible stat on social media on Tuesday.
He’s revealed that it’s been a month since the last draw in the English top flight.
Can you remember which teams were involved in that stalemate?
It's now one month since the last draw in the Premier League. Older readers may remember this is when two teams end a game with the same number of goals and "share the points" (they get one each and the third is humanely destroyed)
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) April 16, 2019
Bournemouth 2 – Newcastle 2
The last draw was Bournemouth 2 – Newcastle 2 on March 16.
That match almost didn’t finish level pegging either.
Newcastle only rescued a point in the final stages of the match thanks to a memorable volley from Matt Ritchie.
Prior to that, Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge by Wolves. That happened on March 10.
For the record, since the Bournemouth vs Newcastle match there have been 33 games played in the top flight which have all ended with a victor and loser.
Social media reaction
— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) April 16, 2019
What's the theory, here? My instinct was that it was down to the 'big six' dropping fewer points against the rest, but actually they mostly seem to be drawing roughly as often as last season (Spurs and City far less, granted), with everybody else drawing a lot less.
— James Maw (@JamesMawFFT) April 16, 2019
Interestingly (or not), the Colombian football league decided in 1997 that drawn matches would be followed by penalty shootouts to determine which side won the 'lost' point. They abandoned it after a year because, clearly, it was a stupid idea.
— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) April 16, 2019
When I was a kid I remember coming up with this mad idea where all the lost points get put into a pot and the team drawn out of the hat at the end of the season gets them all.
— Nick Reilly (@NickJWReilly) April 16, 2019