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Saturday’s Premier League Round-Up – Goalless Draws

It has been a bizarre day in the Premier League and Match Of The Day will definitely only be worth watching for the first hour or so.

Out of the seven matches that took place today, three of them ended up finishing 0-0.

One of those 0-0 draws took place at Anfield and Liverpool struggled to get amongst the goals yet again, this time against Sunderland.

Sunderland battled to a 0-0 draw with Liverpool

 

Without the pure goal-scoring ability of Luis Suarez and the injuries to Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool are just not a threat anymore going forward.

Last season Liverpool’s attack was full of pace and excitement. This year the build-up is slow and wasteful as there is nobody to make the runs beyond the defenders… Rickie Lambert is hardly going to out-run anybody.

Credit where credit is due though, Sunderland have kept a clean-sheet against Chelsea and Liverpool in the past seven days and that is something to be proud of.

The Mackems are only two points above the drop-zone though and will need to start picking up the points against sides around them in the table.

Elsewhere, Tottenham were booed off the pitch once again as they shared the points with Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane.

In truth the boos were probably acceptable because Spurs were battered for most of the game and were lucky to escape with a 0-0 draw.

Palace created several chance through the match, with Jason Puncheon coming closest when his shot hit the bar.

Palace managed 16 attempts throughout the match and also pushed Spurs into conceding 12 corners.

It is a good job that Spurs have one of Europe’s finest keepers in Hugo Lloris, or else their season could a lot worse than it already is.

The only reason why Spurs aren’t completely out of contention for a European spot is that they have had luck on their side with red cards and late, late goals away from home.

Hugo Lloris was the difference in the 0-0 at white Hart Lane

 

As for Palace, this was their first clean-sheet in nine games and in all honesty they deserved to take all three points today…… Even Yannick Bolasie managed to show us all a bit of skill.

The final 0-0 draw of the day was played out at the KC Stadium as Hull City took on fellow strugglers West Brom.

Both teams haven’t had the best of starts to the new season and were desperate for a win today.

Looking back it will be West Brom who will feel that they should have taken victory today, given that they had the best chance of the entire match to take the lead.

The incident in question happened in the ninth minute of the match when Graham Dorrens saw his penalty kick saved by Allan McGregor after Jake Livermore had fouled Victor Anichebe in the box.

Chances became a rarity for both teams for most of the match after this and it all got rather dull in Yorkshire.

Despite missing the penalty, West Brom will be the happier of the two teams tonight. This is because today’s draw ended their run of four-straight defeats.

Hull on-the-other-hand now find themselves in the relegation zone following QPR’s 2-0 victory over Burnley.

 

What are your thoughts on the 0-0 draws today? Will you be staying up to watch MOTD?

 

 

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