The four players who had the most shots without scoring on week one

Peter Whittingham

Manchester City, Cardiff City, Sunderland and Liverpool players will be particularly hoping their luck is in this weekend.

Opening weekend went perfectly to plan if your name is Robin van Persie, who netted a perfect brace in Manchester United's opening win.

For others it did not go quite as swimmingly, just ask the players who tried desperately to find the scoresheet but failed.

Would-be Fantasy Football experts may want to note the names of the four players who had the most attempts on goal without scoring last weekend.

Along the lines of the phrase 'You have to be in it to win it', these players will give you a fighting chance of picking up points if their luck turns.

Edin Dzeko

Edin Dzeko got the nod for Manchester City in their season opener, and will be keen to find the net away to Cardiff, or he may find himself moved aside for new signing Alvaro Negredo. He had eight attempts on goal in the 4-0 win over Newcastle, with four on target. Frustratingly none of them found the net. Of his efforts, seven came from inside the box, but four of those missed the target.

Peter Whittingham

Cardiff's number seven did his best to score Cardiff's first Premier League goal in the 2-0 away loss to West Ham, and will no doubt be hoping for better luck in helping Cardiff pull off an upset over Manchester City at home this weekend. Whittingham had five attempts on goal, but none of them troubled the goalkeeper. All four efforts from outside the box missed the target, while his one effort inside the box was blocked by a defender.

Coutinho

Liverpool winger Coutinho was a real threat in their 1-0 win over Stoke, creating seven chances. He also had five of Liverpool's 25 attempts on goal, the club recording the highest total of any team in Europe at the weekend. Coutinho was wasteful however, seeing one shot saved, but the other two blocked by defenders and one over the bar and the other wide of the target. Liverpool will need him to be more ruthless against a tricky Aston Villa side.

Cabral

Sunderland had a particularly frustrating time against Fulham, registering 21 shots, while the away side scored with their only one on target. The biggest culprit was new midfield signing Cabral, having five efforts on goal. The problem was an exact replica of Peter Whittingham; missing from outside the box on four occasions, and his one effort from inside being blocked.

Will any have better luck this weekend?

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