Tottenham, Manchester United and City have flourished without fans in the Premier League… so, as supporters finally return to grounds today, how has your club fared behind closed doors – and who has struggled most?
- From this weekend, some football fans can to return to Premier League games
- Clubs based in tier one and tier two can have either 4,000 or 2,000 fans present
- Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham have averaged 2.05 points at home without supporters present during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
- Crystal Palace and Sheffield United have averaged less than a point at home
Teams located in Tier 1 or 2 can now admit supporters back in grounds after the lifting of the second nationwide lockdown on Wednesday.
Clubs in tier one of the new restrictions can have up to 4,000 fans attend matches, with up to 2,000 allowed at games in tier-two areas.
The London Stadium will have 2,000 West Ham present for Saturday’s clash versus Man United
Premier League games have been played without fans since March due to coronavirus
Fans have attended a top-flight match since Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9
Not since Leicester’s thumping 4-0 win over Aston Villa at the King Power Stadium on March 9 have spectators been present at a top-flight game.
However, that will change when West Ham host Manchester United at the London Stadium on Saturday evening.
With London now tier two, there will be 2,000 Hammers inside to cheer on David Moyes’ team.
And during the near nine-month absence of fans it has emerged that West Ham’s upcoming opponents have fared the best at home without their fans.
According to research by Gambling.com, the Red Devils amassed on average 2.05 points at home. Their record at Old Trafford is the joint-best of the current top-flight teams alongside ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City and top-four rivals Tottenham.
The two Manchester clubs had contrasting wins last time they were both at home – with United labouring to a 1-0 win over Premier League new boys West Bromwich Albion, while City thumped Burnley 5-0 on November 28.
Manchester United have averaged the most points at home in the Premier League without fans
United average 2.05 points at home during the pandemic – the same total as Manchester City
Tottenham also average 2.05 points at home without fans – placing them in joint first in this stat
Tottenham’s last league game at home ended in victory as they beat City 2-0 on November 21.
United have only won once all season too – meaning they would be clear at the top if Old Trafford was a fortress like it was during the football restart in the summer.
Reigning champions Liverpool (2.00) and Chelsea (1.95) round out the top five.
Southampton (1.84) and Wolves (1.74) are sixth and seventh – with both clubs chasing European football this campaign.
West Ham have fared fairly well without fans as they rank eighth in this statistic, averaging 1.53 points at home.
West Ham have amassed 1.53 points at home on average – more than Everton and Arsenal
David Moyes’ side are ahead of Everton (1.47), Arsenal (1.45) and Leicester (1.42).
Leeds (1.40) are the best of the newly-promoted clubs in 12th with fellow new boys Fulham (0.70) in 18th and West Brom (0.60) joint-20th. All three teams’ home record are taken into account just this season and not their Championship records from last term.
Aston Villa (1.21), Newcastle (1.21), Brighton (1.16), Burnley (1.11) are 13th to 16th.
Crystal Palace (0.89) are 17th while Sheffield United (0.60) are joint bottom with Fulham. Taking away promoted duo Fulham and West Brom, these two are the only clubs to average less than a point at home during the lockdown.
Crystal Palace’s poor home form has been emphasised by the fact they average 0.89 points
Sheffield United have the joint-worst home average of 0.60 points – a total across two seasons