It is often said that a particular ground is like a fortress or that teams can't win on the road for toffee, but how much truth is there in these statements?
In order to find out, I have decided to look back over the last ten seasons (including the current campaign) at the difference between the amount of points picked up at home and on their travels by each of the current 20 top-flight clubs.
Here are a few things to note about the following table:
- Every team has played 11 home and 11 away games in the current campaign, so the 2011/12 figures are balanced
- Not every team has played in the Premier League for each of the last ten seasons, so the figures relate to whichever division they were competing in at the time
- Positive numbers show how many more points a particular team collected at home than they did on their travels in a given season
- Negative numbers show how many less points a particular team collected at home than they did on their travels in a given season
- The 'Overall' figure covers the last ten seasons as a whole for each of the current 20 Premier League clubs
- All statements below include the unfinished 2011/12 campaign
|Home (+) vs Away (-) Points Differential|
|Queens Park Rangers||9||27||12||6||13||14||25||9||10||0||125|
|West Bromwich Albion||2||8||12||10||16||7||16||11||13||-9||86|
- Arsenal, Fulham, Newcastle, Norwich and Tottenham are the only five clubs to have collected more points at home than they have on their travels in each of the last ten campaigns
- The 2010/11 season represents the only one in which all of the current 20 Premier League clubs collected more points at home than they did on their travels
- Six teams have collected more points on their travels than they have done at home in the current campaign (this compares with 12 in total that have done so over the previous nine seasons)
- The largest differential in favour of points collected at home over those collected away is the 34 by Fulham in the 2005/06 campaign
- The largest differential in favour of points collected away over those collected at home is the nine by West Brom in the current campaign
- The biggest change from one season to the next has been the 31-point swing by Manchester United between the 2010/11 (30) and 2011/12 (-1) campaigns
- Fulham, Swansea and Tottenham are the only three clubs to have collected at least ten more points at home than they have done on their travels in nine of the previous ten campaigns
- The largest ten-season differential in favour of points collected at home over those collected away is 169 by Fulham
- The smallest ten-season differential in favour of points collected at home over those collected away is 55 by Wigan
The fact that Wigan are the only team to have collected more points on their travels than they have done at home in more than two of the previous ten seasons (including the current one) indicates just how difficult it can be to pick up points on the road. The reasons for that are numerous, but that's for another day.....