Chelsea Claim Record; Manchester United Hold Schedule Advantage

Nathan LoweAnalyst IDecember 8, 2008

With Chelsea's recent 2-0 victory at Bolton, the Blues claimed the record for most consecutive away wins in the top flight.

The subtext reads such: Most of the 11 victories were against sides generally found on the lower half of the table, with the exception of Everton and Manchester City.

Newcastle, Wigan, Middlesbrough, Stoke City, Hull City, Blackburn, and West Bromwich Albion, in addition to Bolton, comprise the list of consecutive away victories for the London club. That means visits to Everton, Aston Villa, Portsmouth, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham still await England's form side.

However, further north, lying in ambush at fourth in the table, is a Manchester United team who has already played most top sides away this season. United have already matched up away to Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Everton, Manchester City, and Aston Villa, among lessers, already this Premier League season.

Liverpool have already gone away to upper-tier teams like Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton, and Aston Villa, with visits to Arsenal, Manchester United, and Portsmouth still looming.

United's game in hand is a home match against Fulham that will take place on Jan. 2.

While Chelsea have managed an impressive away record over the last six months, it is Manchester United, buoyed by both the belief instilled by their tenured manager's history of success, and the harshness of their first-half schedule, are ensconced, poised quite dangerously to mount a charge to the summit come the new year.