Well, there we have it. The most unusual of Premier League campaigns has finally reached its conclusion.
It was dramatic until the death, with Chelsea and Liverpool nicking a Champions League spot ahead of Leicester. But given the lack of crowds for the majority of the season due to coronavirus restrictions, the usual mantra of home advantage was completely wiped out.
And boy did it show at times. Exactly half of the teams fared better on the road than they did on their own patch and here Sportsmail takes a deep dive into the numbers for all sides, home and away.
Champions Manchester City top the Premier League table for both home and away records
Manchester United finished second despite going an entire season unbeaten away from home
The Premier League’s final table 2020-21
ARSENAL (finished 8th)
Home: W8, D4, L7, PTS 28 – 9th in home league table
It’s been a tough season at the Emirates, with four losses on the trot in a horror November-December period hard to erase from the mind.
Away: W10, D3, L6, PTS 33 – 7th in away league table
The Gunners got the majority of their wins on the road, with notable victories at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford amid a difficult season for Mikel Arteta’s team.
ASTON VILLA (finished 11th)
Home: W7, D4, L8, PTS 25 – 11th
A strong start to the campaign – including that 7-2 win over Liverpool – fell away towards the end, though the final-day victory at home to Chelsea will be immensely satisfying as fans returned to Villa Park for the first time in 2020-21.
Away: W9, D3, L7, PTS 30 – 9th
A 3-0 victory at the Emirates in November was perhaps the highlight – with Ollie Watkins, Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley purring in tandem.
Ollie Watkins celebrates one of two goals after Aston Villa beat Arsenal away in November
BRIGHTON (finished 16th)
Home: W4, D9, L6, PTS 21 – 16th
While nine draws may look like a lot of dropped points, they were crucial points as teams around them slumped to numerous defeats – the Seagulls lost as many as home as dethroned champions Liverpool and second-placed Manchester United.
Away: W5, D5, L9, PTS 20 – 14th
The victory at Anfield in February was probably the highlight, though a big win at Southampton a month later was also important in sealing Brighton’s Premier League status for another season.
BURNLEY (finished 17th)
Home: W4, D6, L9, PTS 18 – 17th
Like the majority of teams, Burnley also struggled at Turf Moor, winning just four times out of 19 games on their own patch.
Away: W6, D3, L10, PTS 21 – 13th
Much better away form saw them avoid the drop. Like Brighton, a late win at Liverpool was particularly memorable, as was a 4-0 win at Wolves a few weeks back.
Ashley Barnes scored a late winner as Burnley won surprisingly on the road against Liverpool
CHELSEA (finished 4th)
Home: W9, D6, L4, PTS 33 – 4th
The Blues were one of the best-performing teams at home and yet their away record was still stronger. Results at the Bridge definitely picked up when Thomas Tuchel took over in late January, with their recent win over rivals Leicester ultimately crucial.
Away: W10, D4, L5, PTS 36 – 6th
A victory over the champions two weeks ago was the standout display and – looking back – Marcos Alonso’s injury-time winner was vital in the Blues making the top four.
CRYSTAL PALACE (finished 14th)
Home: W6, D5, L8, PTS 23 – 15th
Palace were one of the few teams who accumulated more points at home than away – the Eagles were unbeaten against the likes of Tottenham, Leicester and Man Utd at Selhurst Park.
Away: W6, D3, L10, PTS 21 – 14th
They started the season with a 3-1 win at Old Trafford – and it never got much better than that for Roy Hodgson’s team.
EVERTON (finished 10th)
Home: W6, D4, L9, PTS 22 – 15th
Carlo Ancelotti’s struggled at home – badly. Recent defeats to Sheffield United and Aston Villa sum up a torrid season at Goodison for the Toffees.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton side struggled to gain any momentum at Goodison Park
Away: W11, D4, L4, PTS 37 – 4th
Yet on the road, Ancelotti’s side were the standouts outside of the European places. A first win at Anfield in the 21st century was undoubtedly the highlight.
FULHAM (finished 18th)
Home: W2, D4, L13, PTS 10 – 20th
The worst performing side at home in the league, Craven Cottage was anything but a fortress this season for Scott Parker’s relegated team.
Away: W3, D9, L7, PTS 18 – 17th
Fulham fared far better on the road, but nine draws still cost them, with their gut-wrenching dropped points late on at Arsenal indicative of their whole campaign of near-misses and ‘if-only’s’.
The 2020-21 final Premier League table according to only home results
LEEDS (finished 9th)
Home: W8, D5, L6, PTS 29 – 7th
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were impressive at Elland Road and, like their real finishing position, are in the top half for points won at home.
Away: W10, D0, L9, PTS 30 – 10th
Right from their first thrilling encounter on the road against Liverpool on the opening day, Leeds’ free-flowing game was always going to make for some classic matches – the late win at champions City was one of the results of the season.
Leeds United recorded an excellent victory against champions Manchester City last month
LIVERPOOL (finished 3rd)
Home: W10, D3, L6, PTS 33 – 5th
Following an astounding six losses on the trot after the turn of the year, the Reds turned around their home form as the season reached its finale.
Away: W10, D6, L3, PTS 36 – 5th
Jurgen Klopp’s side were more successful on the road, beating the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal, and losing just three times in 19 games.
Home: W13, D2, L4, PTS 41 – 1st
The top dogs in all departments, City actually lost twice as many games at the Etihad than on the road, but still led the home-form table by seven points.
Away: W14, D3, L2, PTS 45 – 1st
City were exemplary on the road, with a long unbeaten run between losing at Spurs in November and Brighton last week cementing their first-placed position throughout the season.
City were top of the pile both at home and away as they cruised to another league title
MANCHESTER UNITED (finished 2nd)
Home: W9, D4, L6, PTS 31 – 6th
This is where United let the title slip away. Hiccups at home to the likes of lowly Palace and Sheffield United were invaluable lost points in the race to be champions.
Away: W12, D7, L0, PTS 43 – 2nd
Quite the record to go an entire league season without losing on the road – only the fourth English side ever to do so – and yet their seven draws mean they just miss out to City at the top of the away-form table.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side went an entire league campaign without losing on the road
NEWCASTLE (finished 12th)
Home: W6, D5, L8, PTS 23 – 13th
Despite a season of various problems on Tyneside, Steve Bruce’s side actually posted a better record at St James’ Park, aided hugely by some late-season form.
Away: W6, D4, L9, PTS 22 – 12th
Marginally worse off on the road, Newcastle won three of their last four away games which included a 4-2 thrashing against FA Cup winners Leicester.
SHEFFIELD UTD (finished 20th)
Home: W5, D1, L13, PTS 16 – 18th
A season of disappointment after such immense promise in 2019-20. That being said, their record at home was twice as good as that on the road.
Away: W2, D1, L16, PTS 7 – 20th
A far cry from the squad of resilience the season before under Chris Wilder, the Blades were all too easily rolled over away from home, winning a mere seven points.
SOUTHAMPTON (finished 15th)
Home: W8, D3, L8, PTS 27
Unlike most teams this season, Southampton’s home form is what kept them in the division amid a lack of positive results on the road.
Southampton players look on in despair as United put nine goals past them in February
Away: W4, D4, L11, PTS 16 – 18th
The Saints were in relegation form away from the south coast, the particular low-point a second 9-0 drubbing in two seasons, against Manchester United in February.
Home: W10, D3, L6, PTS 33 – 3rd
People quickly forget their excellent early-season form, in which they beat City and Arsenal as they topped the table. Unfortunately, their form fluctuated immensely after that north London derby victory.
Away: W8, D5, L6, PTS 29 – 11th
Tottenham’s downfall was very much on the road, winning less than half of their games. It did for them in Europe too, with that thrashing in Zagreb.
Spurs’ early-season form was soon forgotten, though they did finish with a win at Leicester
WEST BROM (finished 19th)
Home: W3, D6, L10, PTS 15 – 19th
West Brom performed better at home than on the road, but it was still nowhere near enough to save their skin. A boing boing-ing Hawthorns was sorely missed.
Away: W2, D5, L12, PTS 11 – 19th
Mediocre and often too easily rolled over, the Baggies were rarely a match for their hosts throughout this campaign, despite the lack of crowds.
WEST HAM (finished 6th)
Home: W10, D4, L5, PTS 34 – 2nd
The season’s real surprise package, West Ham posted the second-best home record, a point ahead of Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool. Did they actually benefit from a lack of supporters, who often have very high expectations?
Away: W9, D4, L6, PTS 31 – 8th
Slightly weaker on the road, the Hammers still recorded notable triumphs at Leeds, Everton and Leicester. We also cannot forget that late fightback from three goals down to draw with London rivals Tottenham.
West Ham were the surprise package and secured Europa League football on the final day
WOLVES (finished 13th)
Home: W7, D4, L8, PTS 25 – 12th
By the lofty standards they’ve set since arriving back in the Premier League, losing more home games than they won will be a disappointment to Wolves fans, particularly the nature of the defeats against Burnley and West Ham.
Away: W5, D5, L9, PTS 20 – 15th
But it was Nuno Espirito Santo’s side’s away form which really went amiss this time round, as they claimed just 20 points out of a possible 57.
The 2020-21 final Premier League table according to only away results