Tottenham put pressured the peak for the second consecutive season before eventually coming up short, finishing second to Chelsea. A big part of that was remaining unbeaten in their 19 matches at White Hart Lane, the only team to not lose at home. Spurs are moving to Wembley this season, so they won’t be able to extend their streak. Will they have the same success? How have other Premier League sides fared in the past after moving to a new home ground.
We’ll start with the most recent example, West Ham, who moved from Boleyn Ground to London Stadium last season and the move didn’t quite go as planned.
In 2015-16 Slaven Bilic was appointed manager, Dimitri Payet set the league alight, West Ham finished seventh and only lost three times at home which included a 13-match unbeaten run.
Last season, Bilic stayed on, but Payet left in the winter, the Hammers finished 11th and were only victorious at home seven times, drawing four and losing eight. It’s hard to see Mauricio Pochettino calling Bilic for advice anytime soon – unless it is about dealing with being homesick.
Southampton’s 2000-01 season didn’t just include A-League alumni, Adrian Caceres, Matt Crowell, and Socceroo Scott McDonald it was also their last season at The Dell before moving to St Mary’s.
The Saints were defeated six times, and won 11 before finishing 10th.
The move didn’t give them anymore success, they won seven, loss seven, and drew five despite only dropping one position.
The 2005-06 season was the 93rd and final season Arsenal spent at Highbury before leaving the ground with the built in clock to the Emirates. Sure they receive more money but there’s no clock at their new home.
Anyway in the 2005-06 season Arsenal were only defeated twice, winning 14 including seven straight to start the season to finish fourth, because, of course they did.
Their first season at Emirates was even better winning 12, drawing six, and losing one. And of course they finished fourth in 2006-07.
Pochettino may have to swallow his pride and ask Arsene Wenger for some advice on how to adjust to new surroundings, because it seems the Frenchmen knows his way around England fairly well. Then again, Arsenal certainly have a bigger budget and lure than West Ham and Southampton, which would have contributed to those results. It will be interesting to see if Tottenham, who have developed a similar stance compare.
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