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Aston Villa have been unable to take advantage of weak visitors to Villa Park. Interestingly, the benefits of playing at home are less obvious in the Premier League, with teams displaying consistently good away form.
Looking at the form of each team’s opposition, Wolves have led a charmed life to date with the 3rd most favourable fixtures both home and away. The division’s top teams have had to do it the hard way, whereas Bolton and Charlton have wasted good advantages.
Walsall’s ascension to the heights of the League 1 table is all the more impressive because of the good form of their opponents. The same form handicap has afflicted troubled Blackpool, whereas Southend and Oldham have enjoyed contrasting fortunes on the pitch despite favourable opponents.
Studying the preceding form of a team’s opposition, Portsmouth have had an easier first half to the season at home than the rest of League 2, whilst Luton have benefitted from the poor form of their hosts. Hartlepool are squandering their advantages.