Brighton are third but Liverpool are 12th – the Premier League away table

Brighton are fourth, Liverpool have slipped to 12th and Arsenal are proving exactly why they CAN outlast their title rivals! The Premier League away table proves who’s made for life on the road – and who isn’t

  • The Premier League away table this season makes interesting reading
  • Brighton are a hit-and-miss team at home but a top-four team on their trips
  • Liverpool, meanwhile, are in 12th place and are struggling, especially on the road
  • Since football resumed in the Premier League after the World Cup ended, there have been 16 away wins and just eight home wins

The old cliche says that heart is at home there and for many in the Premier League that really is the case.

Looking at the Premier League away results table makes fascinating reading as some teams struggle far more away than at home.

Take Liverpool for example. Anfield is widely regarded as one of the most intimidating venues in the Premier League and despite their rocky start to the 2022-23 season, they are in their third-best home form to date.

Arsenal are the Premier League's best away team - and are in contention for the title this season

Arsenal are the Premier League’s best away team – and are in contention for the title this season

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool sit 12th overall when the table has been split on away games

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool sit 12th overall when the table has been split on away games

PREMIER LEAGUE AWAY RESULTS CHART FOR THE 2022-23 SEASON
SURNAME PLAYED TO WIN TO DRAW LOSS POINTS
1. Armory 9 7 1 1 22
2.Manchester City 8th 5 2 1 17
3. Newcastle United 9 4 4 1 16
4.Brighton 9 5 1 3 16
5.Manchester United 9 5 1 3 16
6. Tottenham 9 4 3 2 fifteen
7. Fulham 9 4 1 4 13
8.Chelsea 10 3 2 4 11
9. Brentford 9 2 4 3 10
10. Crystal Palace 8th 2 3 3 9
11. Leicester City 9 3 0 6 9
12.Liverpool 8th 2 2 4 8th
13. Aston Villa 9 2 2 5 8th
14. Everton 9 1 4 4 7
15. Wolves 9 1 3 5 6
16. Southampton 9 2 0 7 6
17. West Ham 9 1 2 6 5
18. Leeds 8th 1 2 5 5
19. Bournemouth 9 1 2 6 5
20. Nottingham Forest 9 1 2 6 5

Imagine then that Jurgen Klopp’s side, who were beaten 3-1 away to Brentford on Monday night, are at the bottom of the away table in 12th place.

Klopp’s side have won just two of their eight away league games this season, scoring 13 goals and picking up just eight points.

Their only away wins of the season came at Tottenham in November and at Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

But while Liverpool can prove chalk and cheese at home and away, it’s quite the opposite at Brighton.

The Seagulls love their travels and seem to prefer playing away to home – judging by the results.

Brighton are fourth best away - with Roberto De Zerbi's style proving so effective on the road

Brighton are fourth best away – with Roberto De Zerbi’s style proving so effective on the road

Roberto De Zerbi’s side, who beat Everton 4-1 in their last game at Goodison Park, have won just three of their eight home games.

In the home table, they are only three points ahead of Everton, who are in the relegation zone in the home table.

A lot of Brighton’s successes come from counter-attacking and that’s perhaps one reason that explains their drastic improvement away from home when they can absorb pressure and jump in transition.

Southampton, Wolves, Everton, Leicester, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Tottenham are all teams that rank higher away than at home.

One of the more intriguing sides of the home/away table are those who, like Liverpool, are better off at home.

Before last week’s game against Chelsea, Man City were sixth in the away table; stark contrast to number 1 at home. The win propelled them into second place as they regain form in the title race.

Manchester City are best at home but second best away

Manchester City are best at home but second best away

However, it is undeniable that Arsenal are the best away in the league and perhaps that is a testament that they can go the distance in this title race.

In recent seasons it has been their fragility on the road – last season many think they blew their top four chances to Newcastle – it was costly.

But Arsenal have taken 22 points from nine games and lost just once in nine games.

One of the standout teams of the season so far, Newcastle have been a paragon of consistency on both fronts. They are fourth best at home and third best away as they chase a Champions League spot.

The question is whether the trend of home/away differences will continue in 2023.

Since football resumed in the Premier League after the World Cup ended, there have been 15 away wins and just eight home wins.

For teams like Brighton, that’s music to their ears. For teams like Liverpool, a lack of results for home teams can certainly sound alarmist.

Newcastle's Champions League bid is backed by their third-best away record in the league

Newcastle’s Champions League bid is backed by their third-best away record in the league

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Maureen Mackey

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