I love how RAWK just attacks me when all my orginal post said was our Away form hasnt been great? Is that not the fucking truth? Man Utd Arsenal and Tottenham all have superior Away form to ours. Nothing in my comment had anything to do with winning the title. It merely stated that our away form hasn't been GREAT is that not the fucking case?
We have a 38% Win record away from home compared to
Man Utd 50%
Man City 46%
We have the 7th best Away record when it comes to Wins yet people are arguing with my point that our away form hasn't been "Great"......
adjective: great; comparative adjective: greater; superlative adjective: greatest
of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above the normal or average
Average Away Points across the League is 15.5 we have 19
Average Away Wins is 4 we have 5
Is either of those Considerably above the Average?
Never said our Away form has been bad or shit never said we can't win the title with our away form all I said was it hasn't been great and that is the truth.
For what it's worth, I agree that our away form hasn't been great. Personally I think it's been pretty shaky - only Fulham, Stoke, Norwich and Cardiff have conceded more goals on the road than us. We're the top scorers away from home which is the reason our points total for these games is broadly comparable to other "top teams" (having said that we are still joint 6th with Southampton and Newcastle, and behind all the other teams competing for top four as well as Manchester bloody United).
That we are so free-scoring is a testament to this young side, but ultimately conceding 2-3 goals away from home as the "norm" is eventually going to damage us at some point. In 9 of our 13 away games we have conceded at least 2 goals, that's pretty shocking.
I'm nervous about this game as most of the bad streaks we have broken this season, we have done so at home and against teams with incredibly puzzling tactical approaches (why would you ever play a high line against us and then not learn from it after we repeatedly score?) and Southampton under Pochettino certainly seem to be a bit more wise. They have a combative midfield and we don't really like being pressed all that much, and our defence in particular struggle to play out under pressure - I can see a lot of panic and hoofing from our back line. I think Allen is vital in this respect to maintain a bit of composure and calmness in possession.
That said, if we play like we do at home for the first 20mins - come out and absolutely relentlessly go at them we are more than capable of scoring and then getting some joy on the counter against a team who like to press high.
Think this is our toughest away fixture remaining in the entire schedule, but if this team has anything it's belief and resilience in spades, so lets have it!