Cardiff extend PL's record run without a draw

17 Apr 2019
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Cardiff

Win over Brighton means last time a Premier League match ended level was one month and 34 fixtures ago

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Cardiff City's 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion not only boosted the Welsh side's hopes of avoiding relegation, it also extended a remarkable Premier League record sequence of results.

Goals by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison for Cardiff meant that the last draw in the Premier League came more than a month ago.

That was on 16 March when the encounter between AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United ended 2-2. Even those shared points were only thanks to a stoppage-time equaliser from Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie.

There have been 34 PL matches since, with none ending level, the longest such run in PL history.

Historic low

Across the campaign as a whole, only 58 out of the 336 fixtures have been drawn, or 17.3 per cent.

That is a smaller ratio than in any top-flight season since 1904/05.

The previous lowest number in the Premier League came in 2005/06, when 77 of the 380 matches, or 20.3 per cent, ended in a draw.

In contrast, the largest proportion came in 1996/97, when 119 fixtures, or 31.3 per cent, finished level.

Derby draw

Tottenham Hotspur are the team to have drawn the fewest PL matches this term, with only one of their 33 fixtures ending all-square.

Even then that result came after a late penalty save from Hugo Lloris stopped Arsenal scoring a decisive goal as the north London derby finished 1-1 in March.

Manchester City are next, having drawn only two matches. Indeed, none of the champions' last 25 matches have ended level since their goalless draw at Anfield on 7 October.

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