Question nobody asked - Does bad away form mean relegation?
Published 15/02/2010 | 11:30
BEFORE every season, newly-promoted clubs are urged to ensure that their home form is good, but, judging by the last few seasons, it is poor away form that means almost certain relegation.
Of the last 18 teams relegated from the Premier League, 14 have been in the league’s bottom three in terms of away form – a sobering thought for supporters of Burnley, Hull City and Portsmouth who currently occupy the spots.
Strangely, those who found themselves in the bottom three of away form and survived managed to do so comfortably, with Everton (17th in 2004), Fulham (12th in 2006), Sunderland (15th in 2008), Stoke (12th last season) never in danger.
The average tally for the team with the worst away record is just under seven points in the last six seasons, with Wolves(2004), Norwich (2005) and Fulham (2007) each managing seven points and just two wins between them out of a total of 57 games.
With 13 away games already played this season and just a solitary point, Burnley will do well to reach that magnificent seven tally. They will, however, hope to improve on Derby’s record low of just three points from19 away games in 2008, during which time they scored just eight goals and conceded 46.