This was the season that wiped out home advantage in Premier League

The season that wiped out home advantage: Without fans inside stadiums there were some crazy results and half of the Premier League teams won more points AWAY from home… so, how did your club perform?

  • The 2020-21 Premier League season took place largely behind closed doors
  • As a result, the home and away records of many teams differed surprisingly 
  • Manchester United, for example, flourished on the road but struggled at home 
  • Man City were also supreme away from home, as were Leicester and Everton
  • Now, Sportsmail takes a look at the in-depth record of every Premier League side

Well, there we have it. The most unusual of Premier League campaigns has finally reached its conclusion. 

It was dramatic until the death, with Chelsea and Liverpool nicking a Champions League spot ahead of Leicester. But given the lack of crowds for the majority of the season due to coronavirus restrictions, the usual mantra of home advantage was completely wiped out.  

And boy did it show at times. Exactly half of the teams fared better on the road than they did on their own patch and here Sportsmail takes a deep dive into the numbers for all sides, home and away.    

Champions Manchester City top the Premier League table for both home and away records 

Manchester United finished second despite going an entire season unbeaten away from home

ARSENAL (finished 8th) 

Home: W8, D4, L7, PTS 28 – 9th in home league table

It’s been a tough season at the Emirates, with four losses on the trot in a horror November-December period hard to erase from the mind.  

Away: W10, D3, L6, PTS 33 – 7th in away league table 

The Gunners got the majority of their wins on the road, with notable victories at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford amid a difficult season for Mikel Arteta’s team.  

ASTON VILLA (finished 11th) 

Home: W7, D4, L8, PTS 25 – 11th

A strong start to the campaign – including that 7-2 win over Liverpool – fell away towards the end, though the final-day victory at home to Chelsea will be immensely satisfying as fans returned to Villa Park for the first time in 2020-21.  

Away: W9, D3, L7, PTS 30 – 9th 

A 3-0 victory at the Emirates in November was perhaps the highlight – with Ollie Watkins, Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley purring in tandem.  

Ollie Watkins celebrates one of two goals after Aston Villa beat Arsenal away in November 

BRIGHTON (finished 16th) 

Home: W4, D9, L6, PTS 21 – 16th

While nine draws may look like a lot of dropped points, they were crucial points as teams around them slumped to numerous defeats – the Seagulls lost as many as home as dethroned champions Liverpool and second-placed Manchester United. 

Away: W5, D5, L9, PTS 20 – 14th

The victory at Anfield in February was probably the highlight, though a big win at Southampton a month later was also important in sealing Brighton’s Premier League status for another season. 

BURNLEY (finished 17th)

Home: W4, D6, L9, PTS 18 – 17th

Like the majority of teams, Burnley also struggled at Turf Moor, winning just four times out of 19 games on their own patch.  

Away: W6, D3, L10, PTS 21 – 13th

Much better away form saw them avoid the drop. Like Brighton, a late win at Liverpool was particularly memorable, as was a 4-0 win at Wolves a few weeks back. 

Ashley Barnes scored a late winner as Burnley won surprisingly on the road against Liverpool 

CHELSEA (finished 4th) 

Home: W9, D6, L4, PTS 33 – 4th

The Blues were one of the best-performing teams at home and yet their away record was still stronger. Results at the Bridge definitely picked up when Thomas Tuchel took over in late January, with their recent win over rivals Leicester ultimately crucial.

Away: W10, D4, L5, PTS 36 – 6th 

A victory over the champions two weeks ago was the standout display and – looking back – Marcos Alonso’s injury-time winner was vital in the Blues making the top four.  

CRYSTAL PALACE (finished 14th)

Home: W6, D5, L8, PTS 23 – 15th

Palace were one of the few teams who accumulated more points at home than away – the Eagles were unbeaten against the likes of Tottenham, Leicester and Man Utd at Selhurst Park. 

Away: W6, D3, L10, PTS 21 – 14th

They started the season with a 3-1 win at Old Trafford – and it never got much better than that for Roy Hodgson’s team. 

EVERTON (finished 10th) 

Home: W6, D4, L9, PTS 22 – 15th

Carlo Ancelotti’s struggled at home – badly. Recent defeats to Sheffield United and Aston Villa sum up a torrid season at Goodison for the Toffees. 

Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton side struggled to gain any momentum at Goodison Park 

Away: W11, D4, L4, PTS 37 – 4th 

Yet on the road, Ancelotti’s side were the standouts outside of the European places. A first win at Anfield in the 21st century was undoubtedly the highlight. 

FULHAM (finished 18th)

Home: W2, D4, L13, PTS 10 – 20th

The worst performing side at home in the league, Craven Cottage was anything but a fortress this season for Scott Parker’s relegated team.  

Away: W3, D9, L7, PTS 18 – 17th 

Fulham fared far better on the road, but nine draws still cost them, with their gut-wrenching dropped points late on at Arsenal indicative of their whole campaign of near-misses and ‘if-only’s’. 

The 2020-21 final Premier League table according to only home results

LEEDS (finished 9th) 

Home: W8, D5, L6, PTS 29 – 7th 

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were impressive at Elland Road and, like their real finishing position, are in the top half for points won at home.  

Away: W10, D0, L9, PTS 30 – 10th 

Right from their first thrilling encounter on the road against Liverpool on the opening day, Leeds’ free-flowing game was always going to make for some classic matches – the late win at champions City was one of the results of the season. 

Leeds United recorded an excellent victory against champions Manchester City last month 

LIVERPOOL (finished 3rd)

Home: W10, D3, L6, PTS 33 – 5th 

Following an astounding six losses on the trot after the turn of the year, the Reds turned around their home form as the season reached its finale.  

Away: W10, D6, L3, PTS 36 – 5th 

Jurgen Klopp’s side were more successful on the road, beating the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal, and losing just three times in 19 games. 

MANCHESTER CITY 

Home: W13, D2, L4, PTS 41 – 1st

The top dogs in all departments, City actually lost twice as many games at the Etihad than on the road, but still led the home-form table by seven points. 

Away: W14, D3, L2, PTS 45 – 1st

City were exemplary on the road, with a long unbeaten run between losing at Spurs in November and Brighton last week cementing their first-placed position throughout the season. 

City were top of the pile both at home and away as they cruised to another league title 

MANCHESTER UNITED (finished 2nd) 

Home: W9, D4, L6, PTS 31 – 6th 

This is where United let the title slip away. Hiccups at home to the likes of lowly Palace and Sheffield United were invaluable lost points in the race to be champions. 

Away: W12, D7, L0, PTS 43 – 2nd 

Quite the record to go an entire league season without losing on the road – only the fourth English side ever to do so – and yet their seven draws mean they just miss out to City at the top of the away-form table. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side went an entire league campaign without losing on the road 

NEWCASTLE (finished 12th) 

Home: W6, D5, L8, PTS 23 – 13th 

Despite a season of various problems on Tyneside, Steve Bruce’s side actually posted a better record at St James’ Park, aided hugely by some late-season form.  

Away: W6, D4, L9, PTS 22 – 12th 

Marginally worse off on the road, Newcastle won three of their last four away games which included a 4-2 thrashing against FA Cup winners Leicester. 

SHEFFIELD UTD (finished 20th)

Home: W5, D1, L13, PTS 16 – 18th 

A season of disappointment after such immense promise in 2019-20. That being said, their record at home was twice as good as that on the road. 

Away: W2, D1, L16, PTS 7 – 20th  

A far cry from the squad of resilience the season before under Chris Wilder, the Blades were all too easily rolled over away from home, winning a mere seven points.

SOUTHAMPTON (finished 15th) 

Home: W8, D3, L8, PTS 27 

Unlike most teams this season, Southampton’s home form is what kept them in the division amid a lack of positive results on the road. 

Southampton players look on in despair as United put nine goals past them in February 

Away: W4, D4, L11, PTS 16 – 18th 

The Saints were in relegation form away from the south coast, the particular low-point a second 9-0 drubbing in two seasons, against Manchester United in February. 

TOTTENHAM 

Home: W10, D3, L6, PTS 33 – 3rd

People quickly forget their excellent early-season form, in which they beat City and Arsenal as they topped the table. Unfortunately, their form fluctuated immensely after that north London derby victory. 

Away: W8, D5, L6, PTS 29 – 11th 

Tottenham’s downfall was very much on the road, winning less than half of their games. It did for them in Europe too, with that thrashing in Zagreb.

Spurs’ early-season form was soon forgotten, though they did finish with a win at Leicester

WEST BROM (finished 19th)

Home: W3, D6, L10, PTS 15 – 19th 

West Brom performed better at home than on the road, but it was still nowhere near enough to save their skin. A boing boing-ing Hawthorns was sorely missed.

Away: W2, D5, L12, PTS 11 – 19th 

Mediocre and often too easily rolled over, the Baggies were rarely a match for their hosts throughout this campaign, despite the lack of crowds. 

WEST HAM (finished 6th)

Home: W10, D4, L5, PTS 34 – 2nd 

The season’s real surprise package, West Ham posted the second-best home record, a point ahead of Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool. Did they actually benefit from a lack of supporters, who often have very high expectations? 

Away: W9, D4, L6, PTS 31 – 8th 

Slightly weaker on the road, the Hammers still recorded notable triumphs at Leeds, Everton and Leicester. We also cannot forget that late fightback from three goals down to draw with London rivals Tottenham.

West Ham were the surprise package and secured Europa League football on the final day 

WOLVES (finished 13th)

Home: W7, D4, L8, PTS 25 – 12th

By the lofty standards they’ve set since arriving back in the Premier League, losing more home games than they won will be a disappointment to Wolves fans, particularly the nature of the defeats against Burnley and West Ham. 

Away: W5, D5, L9, PTS 20 – 15th 

But it was Nuno Espirito Santo’s side’s away form which really went amiss this time round, as they claimed just 20 points out of a possible 57.  

The 2020-21 final Premier League table according to only away results 




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