To say Manchester City's home and away form are stark in contrast would be somewhat of an understatement.
The majority of their performances at the Etihad Stadium this season have been nothing short of scintillating. In their last three Premier League home games alone they have amassed nine points, 16 goals and a trio of clean sheets. It is the form of champions.
Away from home, however, it is a totally different story. Just one win away all season at struggling West Ham is all they've managed. On five other away days, they've managed just a single point, and that was in a 0-0 draw against Stoke. Just eight goals for and 10 against. That is the form of nearly rans.
City currently reside in the Premier League's third position, six points behind leaders Arsenal and two behind second place Chelsea.
Almost every bookmaker in the country, though, currently have them installed as their favourites, and there is obviously good reason for that. I mean, who has ever met a poor bookmaker?
It is clear then that most think that they will turn around their away form sooner rather than later. Because regardless of how good your home form is, if you do not pick up points away you will not win the Premier League. It's fairly simple mathematics after all.
Away from the Etihad their defence has looked feeble, their midfield has been structureless and their attack has lacked cohesion. When you're sweeping teams aside at home with attacking fluidity and clinical prowess these things don't always matter. When you're fighting for points on the road these issue comes sharply into focus.
Vincent Kompany should be back soon, which is massive. He is the best defender in the Premier League and with Matija Nastasic still unavailable for a few more weeks you couldn't imagine the pairing of Joleon Lescott and Martin Demichelis looking anything but hopelessly exposed against intelligent opposition.
And that is exactly what they face. In the coming week, City face two extremely testing away games against West Brom on Wednesday night then Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
For a side that have already lost away at Cardiff, Aston Villa and Sunderland, scraping points in those two games could be far more valuable for their progression this season then yet another dominant thumping at home.
Two positive results and Manuel Pellegrini's side could genuinely start to look like the Premier League favourites that so many clearly think that they are.
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