Football Language: Draw Written All Over It
This phrase is used when predicting a result of a football match. If you say, ‘This match has draw written all over it‘, it means you are sure the result will be a draw. You will hear this phrase when the speaker wants to say that one or both teams will be very defensive and the speaker does not think it is possible for either team to score. It is possible to change draw for another result, such as ‘win’ – ‘this match has a 3-0 win written all over it,’ but this is not as common.
Example: Derek Adams, the Plymouth Argyle manager said: “It was a 0-0 draw written all over it but we make a mistake and they get a goal. Both teams didn’t have any real efforts on goal so, from my point of view, it’s the worst game I have been involved Portsmouth against Plymouth. It was rubbish.” (The Plymouth Herald, Nov. 2017)