Manchester United, Tottenham and Manchester City averaged the most home points in the Premier League without fans, while Crystal Palace and Sheffield United averaged less than one per game. How did your club fare in games behind closed doors?
- Starting this weekend, some football fans can return to the Premier League games
- Level 1 and 2 clubs can have either 4,000 or 2,000 fans
- Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham averaged 2.05 points at home with no supporters present during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
- Crystal Palace and Sheffield United have averaged less than one point at home
The Premier League will see the much-needed return of football fans this weekend after the UK government eased lockdown rules amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Teams in Tier 1 or 2 can now accept fans again after the second statewide ban was lifted on Wednesday.
Up to 4,000 fans can play in clubs in the first tier of the new restrictions, with up to 2,000 allowed in games in the second tier areas.
At the London stadium there will be 2,000 West Ham versus Man United on Saturday
Premier League games have been played without fans since March due to coronavirus
Fans have participated in a high profile match since Leicester beat Aston Villa 4-0 on March 9
Since Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa at King Power Stadium on March 9th, spectators have not been to a top game.
However, that will change when West Ham host Manchester United at the London Stadium on Saturday night.
With London now Tier 2, there will be 2,000 hammers in to cheer David Moyes’ team on.
And during almost nine months of fan absence, it emerged that West Ham’s up-and-coming opponents did best without their fans at home.
According to research by Gambling.com, the Red Devils averaged 2.05 points at home. Their record at Old Trafford is the best of the current top teams alongside Manchester City and top 4 rivals Tottenham.
The two Manchester clubs had opposing wins in their last home game – United beat West Bromwich Albion, the new Premier League boy, 1-0, while City beat Burnley 5-0 on November 28.
Manchester United have averaged the most points without fans in the Premier League
United averaged 2.05 points at home during the pandemic – the same sum as Manchester City
Tottenham scored an average of 2.05 points even at home without fans – and thus took first place in these statistics
Tottenham’s last home game ended in a 2-0 win over City on November 21.
United have also only won once all season – meaning they would be clear at the top if Old Trafford were a fortress like it was when football was restarted that summer.
The reigning champions Liverpool (2.00) and Chelsea (1.95) round off the top 5.
Southampton (1.84) and Wolves (1.74) are sixth and seventh – both clubs are following European football this season.
West Ham has done pretty well without fans as they rank eighth at home in these statistics with an average of 1.53 points.
West Ham averaged 1.53 points at home – more than Everton and Arsenal
David Moyes’ side are ahead of Everton (1.47), Arsenal (1.45) and Leicester (1.42).
Leeds (1.40) is the best of the newly promoted clubs in 12th place, with Fulham (0.70) in 18th place and West Brom (0.60) in 20th place. The home record of all three teams is only taken into account this season and not the championship records from last season.
Aston Villa (1.21), Newcastle (1.21), Brighton (1.16) and Burnley (1.11) place 13th to 16th.
Crystal Palace (0.89) is 17th while Sheffield United (0.60) with Fulham are in last place. These two clubs, taking away promoted duo Fulham and West Brom, are the only clubs to have less than one point on average during the suspension.
Crystal Palace’s poor home form was underscored by the fact that it averages 0.89 points
Sheffield United has the worst home average with 0.60 points – over two seasons in total