How Unique is Leeds’ Poor Long-Distance Away Form?

Methodology

I started by taking all the away games Leeds have played in the league since the start of the 2018/19 season and splitting them into two groups: “near fixtures” — those played less than 150 miles (as the crow flies) from Elland Road — and “far fixtures” — those played more than 150 miles from home.

The Results

The results won’t come as much of a surprise for fans but are staggering nonetheless. From the 23 games played at long distance opponents over the past three seasons, Leeds have managed to claim only 30.4% of the available points. During the same time period, Leeds have played 40 games at teams whose grounds are closer to home and, by contrast, have earnt 69.2% of the points on offer. That’s a huge difference of 38.7 percentage points and confirms what most of us would probably have expected.

Where Do Leeds Fit In?

So, Leeds must be at the top then? Right you are; second only to Salford City, who’ve picked up a fantastically dismal two point haul from the 24 available to them in long-distance away games across the last three seasons. With a much more respectable 54.5% of points achieved nearer to home, their percentage point difference comes in at a whopping 46.2.

The top 20 teams in the Football League for disparity between performance in short- and long-distance away fixtures since the start of the 2018/19 season. Leeds weigh-in in 2nd place. All data accurate as of 09-May-21. View the league table in full here

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