Alan Biggs at Large: Home isn’t always where the heart is

Carlos Carvalhal.
Carlos Carvalhal.
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Carlos Carvalhal’s call for a “more aggressive” attacking approach to Sheffield Wednesday home games has common consent.

But what does constitute a winning formula on your own patch these days.

The last round of Championship results (producing nine away wins against only two at home) was extraordinary. Or was it?

Well, team “Home Win” is still winning across the board this season (but only by the slender margin of 18-17).

A mounting trend is not confined to the Championship.

The last two rounds of Premier League fixtures had team “Away” winning by 5-3 and 4-3.

Down in Leagues One and Two last weekend it was 7-2 and 5-4.

If you don’t know what to make of it, neither, it seems, do managers.

Does it seem to suggest that 4-5-1 away, or variations thereof, and an occasional parking of the bus, is the way forward?

If so, would that not indicate that a traditional 4-4-2 at home is playing into the opposition’s hands?

Then again, Carvalhal has favoured (from the players at his disposal) only one forward in home matches amid a clamour for him to double up.

Hence a confusion that is far from confined to Hillsborough.

Safe to say Carlos will play it cagey at Burnley this Saturday, which looks about right against one of the strongest teams at this level - and leaves Turf Moor boss Sean Dyche with the biggest tactical headache.