Tuesday 25 July 2017

Question nobody asked - which teams can't sing when they're winning?

Supporters are always happy when their team takes the lead but for Aston Villa and Liverpool this season, that has often been a prelude to disappointment. The teams meet at Anfield tonight and, from the statistics, the team that goes behind will know that all is not lost, given both teams' poor record of holding on to winning positions.

The pair are joint bottom of the Premier League table in terms of points dropped from winning positions, with both having let 12 points slip (three draws and two defeats) when three points were in their grasp.

In 'if only' world, those dropped points would have seen Liverpool at the top of the table (they conceded late against Arsenal), while Villa would be looking at the Champions League places rather than the relegation zone.

Until this weekend, neither Chelsea nor Stoke had dropped a point from a winning position, although both did on Saturday for the first time, meaning they join West Brom at the top of this table. League leaders Arsenal have let five points slip, one better than second-placed Manchester United, whose three draws have cost them six points.

Irish Independent

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