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Will home form be our undoing? by lfctalk
January 20, 2009, 11:47
Filed under: Opinion

Much has been made of our difficulties in breaking down visitors to Anfield, and rightly so. We have seen 0-0 draws with Stoke, West Ham and Fulham and a 2-2 draw with Hull. That last mentioned draw saw us come back from 2-0 down – which is not something we’re unused to this season. We had to come back from 1-0 and 2-1 down against Wigan at Anfield and 1-0 down against Middlesbrough. Too close for comfort in fairness. We also struggled to a 1-0 win over Portsmouth, in which we needed a penalty to claim the points. In fact, the only comfortable wins we’ve seen at Anfield in the league this season have been the 3-0 dispatchings of West Brom and Bolton. The finest home victory, in terms of what was at stake was the 2-1 comeback win over Manchester United.

Our away form has been a major factor in our place in the table this season, as opposed to some previous years since Benitez took over as manager where we’ve struggled on the road.

Our finest victory away from Anfield is without doubt the 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge that ended their four year unbeaten home run. We never looked in any serious trouble that day and were starting to look the real deal in terms of the title chase. Other standout away victories have been the 5-1 hiding we dished out to Newcastle, the 2-0 win at Goodison Park over Everton (which should have been 3-0) and the 3-2 win over Manchester City, which eventually came our way after going 2-0 down. We scraped a 1-0 win over Sunderland, eventually overcame Blackburn 3-1 and finished off Bolton late on to beat them 2-0. The 0-0 draws with Stoke and Aston Villa were disappointing and we should’ve been more positive at Arsenal once they went down to ten men at 1-1. The most disappointing was the 2-1 defeat at Spurs, because we should’ve been 4-0 up after an hour or so. But that’s football for you.

The undoing of our title challenge appears to be our inability to make chances at Anfield, letalone take them and get the points.

Of the title contenders, we are one of two that haven’t lost at home this season, but that’s where the similarities begin to fade:

Manchester have won nine and drawn one of ten home games, which makes our visit to Old Trafford all the more daunting perhaps.

We have won six and drawn five of our eleven fixtures at Anfield.

Chelsea’s proud home record has been ended this season with two defeats, four draws and five wins from their eleven home ties.

Aston Villa have lost just once at Villa Park and drawn and won in equal measure with five of each.

Arsenal have also lost twice at The Emirates this season, but have only drawn twice and won seven times from eleven.


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