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Which team has the best away record in Premier League history?

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Manchester United are the undisputed kings of Premier League away days.

As the dominant force within English football in the modern era, the Red Devils are the only team to boast a better than 50 per cent win ratio on their travels, of all clubs to have played in the top-flight, since its inception in 1992.

Picking up points at home remains the bread and butter requirement for any team, regardless of the league they are playing in, or the height of their ambitions. But, in order to mount a genuine title challenge, winning on the road is an important factor, and one which could prove to be the difference between success and failure.

With 220 wins from 339 away games over the past 21 years, Sir Alex Ferguson has set the benchmark for Premier League rivals, claiming maximum points in 55.1 per cent of matches away from Old Trafford, and sit pretty at the top of the table again this season.

Arsenal are Manchester United's nearest challengers with a 43.5 per cent win ratio, recording 173 victories from 398 away games played, while Chelsea follow a close third with 42.6 per cent - which equates to 170 wins from 399 games.

Of all teams currently plying their trade in the Premier League, Liverpool are the only other club to have won at least one third of their away games, with 147 victories from 399 games giving them a 36.8 per cent ratio. Their away record has proven pivotal when considering the Reds' dwindling form at fortress Anfield over the past 18 months or so.

A surprise entry completes the top five with current-season strugglers Aston Villa possessing a 28.8 per cent win ratio, with three points collected in 115 of their 399 Premier League matches away from Villa Park.

Tottenham take sixth spot with 27.3 per cent, just ahead of reigning champions Manchester City (27.1 per cent), whose title triumph was significantly built around a near-perfect record at the Etihad Stadium.

Fulham have the worst away record of all teams in the Premier League this season, having won only 32 of 221 games, giving them a poor ratio of just 14.5 per cent. Stoke City rank 19th with 15.7 per cent, while West Brom (15.9), Reading (16) and Southampton (16.9) complete the bottom five.

One club that boasts a surprisingly high away win ratio is Wigan Athletic, who have continued to defy the odds and retain their Premier League status ever since they first arrived in England's top-flight in 2005.

The Latics have won 35 of their 145 fixtures away from the DW Stadium, equating to 24.1 per cent - nearly one in four matches - a record that Roberto Martinez's men must maintain in 2012/13, if they are to avoid the drop again this year.

Of all the 5150 away matches played by the 20 clubs operating in the Premier League, 1534 have been won by the visiting side - a ratio of 29.8 per cent - which is less than one in three games.

Leeds boast the best away record in the Premier League out of all the teams currently outside of the country's top division, with a 30.3 per cent win ratio, while Blackburn Rovers (26.7), Blackpool (26.3) and Nottingham Forest (25.3) all recorded victories in one of every four away games in the top-flight.

The unwanted record of the worst ever away win ratio goes to Swindon Town, who won only one of their 21 Premier League games on their travels - which equates to 4.8 per cent - when the league was formerly made up of 22 teams. 

Burnley (5.3 per cent) also recorded just one victory from 19 games away from Turf Moor in their solitary top-flight season in 2009/10, while Watford join them in the under 10 per cent bracket, with three wins from 38 away attempts.

Find a full list of away win ratios for current Premier League teams below, with all stats courtesy of our friends at sportingintelligence.com.

1. Manchester United - 220 wins from 399 games - 55.1%

2. Arsenal - 173 wins from 398 game - 43.5%

3. Chelsea - 170 wins from 399 games - 42.6%

4. Liverpool - 147 wins from 399 games - 36.8%

5. Aston Villa - 115 wins from 399 games - 28.8%

6. Tottenham - 109 wins from 399 games - 27.3%

7. Manchester City - 82 wins from 303 games - 27.1%

8. Everton - 103 wins from 398 games - 25.9%

9. Newcastle - 92 wins from 358 games - 25.7%

10. Swansea - 8 wins from 32 games - 25%

11. Wigan - 35 wins from 145 games - 24.1%

12. QPR - 27 wins from 113 games - 24.1%

13. West Ham - 70 wins from 320 games - 21.9%

14. Norwich - 24 wins from 114 games - 21.1%

15. Sunderland - 40 wins from 222 games - 18%

16. Southampton - 45 wins from 266 games - 16.9%

17. Reading - 8 wins from 50 games - 16%

18. West Brom - 20 wins from 126 games - 15.9%

19. Stoke - 14 wins from 89 games - 15.7%

20. Fulham - 32 wins from 221 games - 14.5%

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