Tottenham’s angst away from home
Are you ready for the disagreeable, rather insidious side of Tottenham? Their away form makes for ugly reading. So ugly you might be tempted to turn run for the hills and hide from the hideous reality. But we’re not Arsenal, so I’m sure you’ll read on.
Spurs have the ninth best away record, accumulating just 11 points from a possible 24.
Due to three postponements — two because of Covid and another due to snowy conditions in brisk Burnley — Spurs have played just eight away matches. Tottenham endure even more difficulty scoring on the road. Seven goals in eight matches is a gruesomely low return. Only Norwich (3) and Newcastle (6) have scored fewer.
Spurs’ 10 goals conceded is actually an excellent defensive record. Only Chelsea (7), Manchester City (7) and Wolves (7) have conceded less away from home. But when you have as much trouble scoring as a monk who commits to lifelong celibacy, even the somewhat unimpressive title as the division’s fourth most stingy defence won’t save you.
Davinson Sanchez scored a late winner at Watford on New Year’s Day to ensure Spurs obtained their first away win in two and a half months. That came in Tyneside in October, a 3-2 victory over Newcastle. Tottenham’s only other win came against Wolves in the second match of the season, back on Aug. 22.
As already mentioned, Spurs have three away fixtures to make up. If Conte’s side eventually secures fourth place and earns inclusion in next season’s Champions League, they’ll need to considerably improve their away form and find a way to get the job done on the road, even if it has to be ugly.