How The Premier League Table Would Differ If Only Home Or Away Games Counted

Liverpool might be top of the league by one point going into the back end of the season and the league tables based only on home or away games prove that Jurgen Klopp's team are top based on consistency.

When Manchester City face Bournemouth on Saturday and Liverpool face Everton on Sunday it'll be March and that means it's officially the 'Business End' of the season, the cliche that makes every point somehow seem double before the title is decided.

Liverpool lead the way and in theory the hardest games left of their season are Sunday's visit to Everton in the Merseyside derby and then home games against Spurs and Chelsea.

City also host Spurs and must go away to Manchester United just before the end of the campaign, a match that has defined their season before.

However if either side thinks that hosting Spurs makes one of their tougher games that slight bit easier then they may be in for a slight surprise.

Mauricio Pochettino's sides two losses in the last week may have put them out of the title race but if the league was only based on away games then they'd be top.

The Premier League based on away games. Image: Soccer Stats
The Premier League based on away games. Image: Soccer Stats

Pep Guardiola's side have played two games less than Spurs, and one less than Liverpool, so far so they have to go away from home more often before the season ends.

Interestingly Liverpool are also second in the table if only home games count, proving that consistency has been the key for them, whilst Spurs' temporary home of Wembley hasn't been that kind to them, even if they do have games in hand:

Premier League based on home games. Image: PA Images
Premier League based on home games. Image: PA Images

The home table helps explain exactly why Leicester City fans weren't exactly happy with Claude Puel, before the Frenchman was sacked last week.

Before their win against Brighton on Tuesday they'd lost four home games in a row and had only won four times at the King Power Stadium.

Only Crystal Palace and Huddersfield had scored less goals at home than them, so it makes sense that fans were turning on the team.

Spurs, Leicester and Palace are the only sides with better points per game away from home than at their own stadiums this season.

If Liverpool and City think hosting Spurs is a good thing they may have another thing coming, and Guardiola's side also host Leicester.

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Ryan Sidle

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