After Man City’s fourth Premier League loss on the road this season, defender Pablo Zabaleta voiced the concerns of many when he said it would be difficult to win back the title playing as they are away from home.
However, the 5/2 favourites to do just that need only look back at recent winners to give them hope of regaining the Premier League trophy without dazzling outside the Etihad this term
Only two of the last eight Premier League champions have had the best away record in the division.
Manchester United cruised to last season’s title with a better record on the road than third-placed Chelsea managed at Stamford Bridge.
However, that was the first campaign since Sir Alex Ferguson won his ninth Premier League title in 2006/07 that the eventual champions outplayed all around them away from their own turf.
United were only the third-best road outfit for the next two seasons despite walking off with the trophy on both occasions.
Four teams had better away records than the Red Devils when they took the title again in 2010/11 and relegated Blackpool won as many games on the road as Fergie’s men in that campaign.
Every team that has won the Premier League title has scored at least 25 times on the road.
Although City have only picked up four away points out of a possible 18 so far, only leaders Arsenal and neighbours United have notched more goals on the road than the eight mustered by Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
If they carry on scoring at that rate the Citizens will finish the season with just over 25 goals, which is the same amount United, Chelsea and Arsenal scored on the road on their way to title successes in 2008/09, 2005/06 and 1997/98 respectively.
However, by the same rationale City are heading for an away-goals-against tally of 31, having shipped 10 away from home already this season.
No Premier League-winning side has leaked more than 29 goals on the road during their triumphant campaigns.
Two of Arsenal’s three Premier League title triumphs have featured unbeaten away runs.
The Gunners’ 1-0 loss at Old Trafford may have been a highly significant moment for the league leaders and 7/2 third-favourites for the title.
Arsenal’s most recent Premier League title successes have been achieved without going down to a single defeat on the road.
Wenger’s side were tighter at the back away from home during those triumphs as well and this season the north Londoners have already conceded almost half the amount of away goals after six games that they let in over 19 games in 2001/02.