By Bulldog Drummond
So it is third against fifth, and we are the club in fifth.
Leicester of course won the league in 2015/16 and at this point in their title winning season they were below us. We were runners up that year.
|6||West Ham United||11||6||2||3||22||15||7||20|
So Leicester actually have more points than they had in their title-winning season after 11 games, but of course are much further off the top of the table. We are eight points worse off than then. Chelsea and Liverpool of the alleged big six were not in the six.
At home Leicester are doing fractionally better than we are, but have played one game fewer, with four wins and a draw.
Away has been our Achilles heel in recent years, and I’m going to put in the whole of the away table because it does show something rather interesting…
|10||West Ham United||5||1||3||1||6||6||0||6|
|14||Brighton and Hove Albion||5||1||1||3||4||8||-4||4|
As you will see, Mancheseter United have an indentical away record in terms of goals and points, save that they have played one more game away and lost it. Tottenham are even worse. So while the top of the away table reflects the clubs that are doing well in the league overall, the bottom has a few surprises.
But whichever way we look at it, the decline in the away form that we saw at the end of Mr Wenger’s reign, has not been adequately corrected, and this is going to be a tough game to get things moving away from home.
In 2015/16 we were a good away side (third best in the league) while in 2016/17 although we slipped a little we were still winning more than we were losing away from home. But the dramatic drop in away form began in 2017/18 when we won four, drew four, and lost 11. Having seen that drop I would have hoped for an improvement in 2018/19 and although it was slightly better we still lost more than we won away from home. As the table above shows that is still the trend, and this is the club’s soft spot. Without turning the away form around we are not going to climb the table.
Leicester have a goal difference of plus nine at home, we have a goal difference of minus two away. It is going to be one hell of a turnup if we get anything out of this.
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