Is Villa’s Away Form Actually Good Enough for Top Five?

The State of Aston Villa’s Away Form

Throughout this season, there has been an assumption that Villa have been decidedly average away from home. The truth of the matter is, there haven’t been any truly outstanding teams in the Premier League on their travels, and Villa actually have the fifth-best away record.

Manchester City currently boasts the best away record in the league, with a 28-point haul from 13 games. City and the team with the second-best record, Arsenal (26 points), have both lost three games on their travels, while Villa, on 21 points, have only lost one more than that, with four defeats.

With their six away wins, Villa have only won one less game than Liverpool (3rd with 25 points) and Manchester United (4th with 22 points).

Considering Unai Emery’s team’s fortunes against Manchester United, if they had closed out the game at Old Trafford with a win, having been 2-0 up, Villa would have a top-four home record. Such are the fine margins and further proof that as long as their home form stays within the top four in the league, it should be enough to qualify for the Champions League.

In episode 279 of the My Old Man Said podcast we look back at Villa’s last away win, their trip to Craven Cottage and discuss the impact of Pau Torres and Clement Lenglet – could the double left-footed centre-back partnership be the answer in the short-term? We also look at the threat of Manchester United to Villa’s Champions’ League dreams.

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