Being strong at home is often credited with being the foundation for a good season, but picking up results on the road can undoubtedly be the difference between success and falling just short.
The continued absence of fans has made away trips a unique experience in the current climate, but these Premier League sides have thrived on their travels throughout the 2020/21 season to date.
Here are the five sides to collect the most away points in the Premier League this season:
5. Aston Villa – 16 points
Aston Villa have made notable strides forward under Dean Smith this season after narrowly avoiding relegation during the 2019/20 campaign, an ambitious side looking upwards following a strong summer of recruitment.
Villa currently sit 11th in the division but can rise as high as fourth should they win a number of games in hand, whilst they rank fifth for away points despite playing just 15 games amid Covid-19 postponements.
Those victories include winning impressively at the likes of Leicester and Arsenal, whilst Villa have also claimed bragging rights in away Midlands derby victories at both West Brom and Wolves.
Smith’s side have been beaten just twice on the road in eight away fixtures, with 62.5% of the club’s victories in the Premier League this season coming away from Villa Park.
4. Tottenham – 18 points
Tottenham are another side to have shown signs of progress this season with Jose Mourinho’s side just four points adrift of the league leaders, a strong away record having moved the north Londoners into contention at the top.
Mourinho has often been criticised for a perceived pragmatic approach but Spurs began the season brilliantly on their travels, thrashing Southampton 5-2 at St Mary’s before that 6-1 thumping of Manchester United.
Further victories at relegation candidates West Brom, Burnley and Sheffield United have strengthened their push for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification, with the club’s sole away defeat coming at Liverpool as Roberto Firmino snatched a last-minute winner for the Reds at Anfield.
3. Everton – 19 points
Carlo Ancelotti has got Everton fans dreaming of Europe following a strong start to his first full season at the helm, the Merseyside outfit just two points outside the Champions League places and with a game in hand on the two sides directly above them.
Everton began the season with an impressive away win at Tottenham and the Toffees have remained in fine form away from home, possessing the third-best record in the division after taking 19 points from their nine away fixtures.
— Everton (@Everton) January 12, 2021
Everton are unbeaten in their past five fixtures away from Goodison Park since losing at Newcastle in early November, winning their past three in succession including a 2-0 victory at fellow top four hopefuls Leicester.
2. Leicester – 22 points
Leicester missed out on Champions League football in agonising fashion last season after a final day defeat to Manchester United saw them overhauled, though the Foxes have bounced back admirably and remain firmly in contention for a return to Europe’s elite.
Key to their success this season has been a superb record away from the King Power Stadium, winning seven of their nine away fixtures to amass a huge 22 points on the road.
Leicester have enjoyed some headline results on their travels this season including thrashing Manchester City 5-2 at the Etihad, whilst the Foxes have also taken three points from north London trips to both Arsenal and Tottenham.
The club’s sole defeat came with a disappointing performance in losing 3-0 at Liverpool, though their away record leaves Leicester just one point adrift of current league leaders Manchester United.
If Brendan Rodgers’ side can improve their indifferent home performances, Leicester could just emerge as genuine title contenders in the most competitive season in recent memory.
1. Manchester United- 23 points
Leading the way as the side with the best away record in the league is Manchester United, last weekend’s goalless draw at Liverpool maintaining their unbeaten record away from Old Trafford this season.
The stalemate on Merseyside means that United have now taken 23 points from just nine away fixtures, whilst the Red Devils are unbeaten in 16 Premier League away games dating back to last season.
United’s fine form sees the club top of the division and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are now remarkably unbeaten away from home in the Premier League for an entire calendar year.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 17, 2021
United’s list of away victories this season includes winning at Everton, Southampton and West Ham, though the draw with Liverpool was their first away meeting with one of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ this season.
Solskjaer’s side travel to face Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City in their next five away league fixtures and if their impressive away record is maintained there may just be genuine talk of a first league title in eight years heading to Old Trafford.