Tuesday 15 October 2013
West Ham United's 3-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur 10 days ago may have been considered a surprise result in some quarters, but away victories can not be viewed as a rarity in the Barclays Premier League this season.
The Hammers' victory was one of four away triumphs in Matchweek 7 (Newcastle United, Manchester United and Chelsea also sealed wins on their travels) and is symptomatic of the competitive nature of this season’s Barclays Premier League campaign.
After seven rounds of the 2013/14 campaign 26 away wins have been registered out of the 70 matches played. At the equivalent stage of last season there had been 17 away wins, and the season before that, 2011/12, there had been 21. Indeed only once in the last 10 years – in the 2008/09 campaign when there were 27 successes on the road – have there been more away wins recorded after seven rounds.
Compared with results in Europe's five major leagues the Barclays Premier League has produced the greatest number of away victories to date, with Spain's La Liga returning 23 away wins after eight rounds of matches, France's Ligue 1 and Italy's Serie A 19 from nine and seven rounds of fixtures respectively, and the German Bundesliga 18 after eight rounds of matches.
||Matches played||Away wins|
|Barclays Premier League||7||70||26|
|La Liga - Spain
|Ligue 1 - France
|Serie A - Italy
|Bundesliga - Germany
Another illustration of the competitive start to the 2013/14 season is the spread of these away victories. Seventeen top-flight clubs have won at least once on the road in the Barclays Premier League fixtures played this season, all except Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Manchester City. This is the highest return of victorious away clubs in the division at this stage of the campaign over the course of the last 11 seasons.
||Clubs to have won away from home
This weekend Liverpool will hope to continue this trend with a victory at Newcastle in Saturday's early kick-off, while Southampton, who have already won at Anfield this term, will strive to upset Manchester United at Old Trafford. Sunderland and Manchester City are hoping to end their travel sickness by achieving their first away wins of the campaign at Swansea City and West Ham respectively.
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