Premier League Away Days are the Focus in Now and Then!

By Rebecca Coles. Home form may be the key to Premier League success but playing away is the name of the game this week. Playing at home back in the day was always seen as an advantage – and while this may still be the case for Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City this season, for the Premier League strugglers you couldn’t be more wrong, as Rebecca Coles finds out. 

If the negative stats continue for rock-bottom Cardiff, it could prove fatal as they battle against relegation. The Bluebirds have picked up just seven points away from home this season, winning a solitary game at Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage in September when Malky Mackay was still in charge. The other four points have come from draws against Stoke, Hull, West Brom and Norwich.

Jordan Mutch scored a late winner as Cardiff secured their only away win of the season against Fulham in September

Jordan Mutch scored a late winner as Cardiff secured their only away win of the season against Fulham in September

But if you thought the Welsh side’s away form was bad, Crystal Palace are not far behind. Joint with Norwich, Palace boast the second-worst away record in the top flight this season. Just to add to the equation, the south Londoners have also scored just six goals away from Selhurst Park — lower than any side in the division.

For Manchester United, playing at home with all the high expectation and pressure has become too much and away days have become far less stressful. Despite a dreadful season by their standards, United are the undisputed road warriors of Premier League away days.

Alex Ferguson’s retirement and the appointment of David Moyes as his successor has been little short of a disaster. With the league title now a distant memory and even a place in the Europa League appearing unlikely, Moyes has at least managed to protect his side’s proud record away from Old Trafford.

As crazy as it sounds, United have won the most away games this season, collected 30 points. They are also the only club in Premier League history to win over half of their matches on the road, which must surely give the club’s disgruntled fans something to be happy about?

Robin Van Persie guided Manchester United to a win at Swansea on the first day of the season

Robin Van Persie guided Manchester United to a win at Swansea on the first day of the season

Looking back over the years, poor away days and relegated clubs go hand-in-hand.

Watford managed to collect five points on their travels before dropping back into the Championship in 1999/2000. And if you are a Derby fan, I suggest you look away now! In 2007/08, the Rams were not only relegated by 11 points but managed to break unwanted records that still have not been challenged today.

Derby managed 38 Premier League games without a win — an unwanted milestone no other Premier League club has managed to date. Maybe unsurprisingly, Derby remain in the Championship and have not threatened a top-flight return since.

In short, if you can’t score away from home, you won’t be staying in the Premier League for long.

Why do some teams struggle so much away from home? Why is it that Manchester United have such an impressive record away from Old Trafford yet cannot seem to buy a win at home? 

Read the rest of our Now and Then series here!

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