Monday 16 October 2017

Question nobody asked - Who are the draw specialists?

At this time of year, supporters tend to look at points dropped and ponder the 'what ifs', none more so than Ipswich Town fans who have drawn more games than any team in the top four English divisions.

Their 18 stalemates have been frustrating for Roy Keane's team and, had they managed another goal in half of those games, they would be pushing for a play-off place in eighth position.

On 17 draws, Swansea and Bristol City are just one behind Ipswich in terms of games drawn; however, both find themselves above Ipswich. Conversely, had the Tractor Boys conceded one more goal in half of their drawn games, they would be scrapping in a relegation battle at fourth from bottom.

In the Premier League, Stoke, on 13, have drawn the most games although Aston Villa and Manchester City could both point to what might have been with 11 and 12 draws respectively.

Indeed, with five defeats, only Chelsea have lost as few games as Man City yet they lie nine points clear of them having played a game less.

For all the talk of Villa running out of steam, Martin O'Neill's side have tasted defeat just six times, one fewer than Manchester United. However, drawing games has proved their Achilles heel.

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