During United’s most recent stay in the Premier Division it was clear that the side’s away form was a major Achille’s Heel, only winning a single away game out of sixteen all season (1W 9D 6L)- leaving them second from bottom in terms of away form, whereas their home form alone (6W 5D 6L) would have been enough to beat the drop.
The gulf between United’s home and away form was slightly less accentuated in the First Division last season, but concerning nonetheless (H- 7W 2D 4L, A- 3W 5D 6L). Interesting to note is that, simlar to in 2018, the loss figures for both home and away matches is quite similar but perhaps United are drawing matches away from home that they may have found a winner in at home.
Offense v Defense.
The first thing that stood out to me while I was comparing United’s home and away stats is that defensively speaking both records are relatively similar (three clean sheets at homea and three clean sheets away), however, from a goalscoring point of view there is quite a difference.
The ‘failed to score’ stat below shows what percentage of games United failed to score in, both home and away. United’s record of 2/13 (15%) at home is very reasonable compared to their rivals. However, United’s FTS record away from is the second worse in the division, having failed to register a single goal in half of all away games (7/14)- only Athlone registered a worse record. Although United’s home fixtures may have been a little bit more favourable than their away fixtures, the lack of fight in away games must be a concern going into the new season.
The stats below seem to suggest that United defensive performances didn’t differ a great amount from home to away, but attacking output dropped significantly. This led to United dropping a lot of points away from which they might not have done at home.
|Goals scored/conceded per match||2.08/1.23||1.00/1.43||1.52/1.33|
|Failed to score||15%||50%||33%|
Margins of Victories and Defeats.
The above chart displays how many times United won/lost by a certain amount of goals, both home and away. What the chart shows is that United won by bigger margins at home and lost by smaller margins at home. Again, these statistics are taken with a pinch of salt due to home fixtures having been slightly more favourable. However, it is notable that United only lost a single home game by more than the mininum (that one game being the 4-1 demolition at the hands of Longford Town at the end of the season). This would seem to back up the statement that United simply aren’t scoring enough of on the road. As well as the stat that United only lost 8% of home games to nil, whereas that stat rises to 36% for away games.
Continuing on from that point, the percentage of games in which both teams scored is far higher for United at home than it is away. This is because United are being held scoreless far more often away from home.
Moving forward into next season, United need to pose a great attacking threat on their travels and defend better overall.