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Are fans paying the price? The cost of a Premier League goal

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Fans Paying the Price?

How much a supporter of each team who attended all home
games paid for every goal scored at their club’s home ground. Did you see goals?

Bang for Your Buck?

TeamAverage Cost of Match Day TicketTotal Goals at HomeCost Per Goal
Man City£44.0069£12.12
Liverpool£34.0065£09.94
Chelsea£58.5051£21.79
Tottenham£62.5050£23.75
Arsenal£62.0058£20.31
Man Utd£42.0058£13.76
Wolves£31.0049£12.02
Everton£43.5051£16.21
Leicester£38.0044£16.41
West Ham£52.5059£16.91
Watford£39.0054£13.72
Crystal Palace£41.5042£18.77
Newcastle£38.5049£14.93
Bournemouth£43.5055£15.03
Burnley£35.0056£11.86
Southampton£42.0057£14.00
Brighton£47.5047£19.20
Cardiff£33.5059£10.79
Fulham£52.5058£17.20
Huddersfield£30.0041£13.90

*Match day ticket cost calculated by taking average of most expensive and cheapest tickets

 

The Results

 

ARSENAL – £10.16 per goal

With the average match day ticket costing a whopping £62 at the Emirates fans deserve to be entertained with a flurry of goals. A total of 58 goals were scored at the Emirates but the failure to score a 59th cost Unai Emery’s side a guaranteed place in next season’s Champions League. West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic scored the first at the Emirates this season while Glenn Murray scored the last from the penalty spot for Brighton in a 1-1 draw.

BOURNEMOUTH £10.71

Six of the 55 goals scored at the Vitality Stadium came in Bournemouth’s 3-3 draw with Watford when all six goals came in a crazy 26-minute spell that saw the Cherries come from 2-0 and 3-2 down to claim a point.

BRIGHTON £12.50

Fans who attended every Premier League game at the Amex Stadium may not have seen many goals, but they did witness Manchester City’s coronation as the champions of England for the second year running with Ilkay Gundogan’s stunning free-kick the pick of City’s four goals and arguably the best goal scored at the ground all season.

BURNLEY £10.51

Burnley supporters saw European football for the first time at Turf Moor and that clearly affected their league campaign. However, their place in next season’s Premier League was secured before their season finale against the Gunners where supporters witnessed the 1,072nd and final goal of another thrilling league season scored by Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah.

CARDIFF £9.98

It took the Bluebirds nine games to register their first win which came at home in a six-goal thriller against Fulham. Perhaps the most memorable goal scored in the Welsh capital was Sol Bamba’s last-minute winner in a 2-1 victory against Brighton.

CHELSEA £11.55

Maurizio Sarri’s side scored 39 of the 51 goals scored at Stamford Bridge this season with the most dramatic coming against Manchester United when Ross Barkley scored in the last minute. The celebrations that followed upset then United manager Jose Mourinho who had to be restrained following the melee.

CRYSTAL PALACE £14.02

The first 18 league games at Selhurst Park saw an average of 1.8 goals per game with three goalless draws included. Then came the season finale with Bournemouth that produced eight goals to please the Selhurst Park faithful who were on course to see the lowest number of goals scored at a Premier League ground.

EVERTON £11.55

Gilfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison scored 14 of the 30 goals Everton have scored the Toffees at Goodison Park. Everton’s biggest win of the 10 they achieved at home came against Manchester United when the Tofees scored twice in each half in a 4-0 win.

FULHAM £10.16

Days after being confirmed as the clubs’ new permanent manager, Scott Parker’s Fulham failed to end their season – that culminated in relegation – on a high as they were beaten 4-0 by Newcastle. The Cottagers were outscored 22-36 at home.

HUDDERSFIELD £14.37

As if relegation wasn’t bad enough for the Huddersfield fans to put up with, they also saw the lowest number of goals (41) scored with each goal costing an average £14.37 per goal. Only 10 of those goals were scored by a Terrier who drew a blank in nine of their 19 home games but their last home goal was Isaac Mbenza’s equaliser against Manchester United.

LEICESTER £13.39

Fans of the Foxes saw their side draw a blank six times at the King Power Stadium this season including their season finale goalless draw against Europa League finalists Chelsea. Eight of Jamie Vardy’s 18 league goals were scored at home as he finished the season as the highest scoring Englishman.

LIVERPOOL £9.06

With match day ticket prices from as low as £9 there was certainly plenty to cheer about for Liverpool fans this season. It wasn’t to be for Liverpool as their quest for their first ever Premier League title fell short on the final day when they rounded off their season with a 2-0 win over Wolves. Sadio Mane’s brace gave him a share of the Golden Boot award with team-mate Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 22 league goals. Of Mane’s 22 goals, 18 were scored at Anfield. At only £9.06 per goals fans were definitely entertained.

MAN CITY £8.54

City fans who went to every home Premier League game this season saw more goals scored at their ground than any other with a total of 69. Each one may have worked out at just £8.54 per goal, but the final goal scored by Vincent Kompany turned out to be a priceless strike as it helped the Citizens successfully defend their title.

MAN UTD £10.16

A season to forget for United fans was punctuated with a dismal 2-0 loss to Cardiff at Old Trafford. The season began with promise in August when Paul Pogba scored the first goal of the Premier League season from the penalty spot as the Red Devils beat Leicester 2-1. Only Liverpool and Crystal Palace failed to score a league goal at Old Trafford this season.

NEWCASTLE £12.02

Rafa Benitez worked wonders at St James’ Park steering the Magpies to 13th after taking just three points from a possible 30 in their first 10 games. The two most memorable goals of the 24 United scored at St James’ Park came in a memorable 2-1 win against champions Manchester City with goals from Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie’s penalty.

SOUTHAMPTON £10.33

The Saints were guided to safety by Ralph Hassenhuttl who replaced Mark Hughes in December. Southampton had scored six goals in seven home games under Hughes, but under Hassenhuttle, they ended the season with 21 in their final 12 league games at home, scoring at least once in each of them.

TOTTENHAM £11.78

South Korean Heung-min Son wrote his name in the club’s history by scoring the first goal in the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when Spurs beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on April 3. At Wembley, games involving Tottenham averaged 2.71 goals per game which dropped to 2.4 following their move.

WATFORD £10.91

Season ticket holders at Vicarage Road not only saw their side reach their first FA Cup final since 1984, but they also saw history made when Shane Long scored the quickest goal in the history of the Premier League when he netted for Southampton after just 7.1 seconds in Saints’ 2-1 win.

WEST HAM £9.98

One of the games of the season came at the London Stadium when the Hammers come from 3-1 down against Huddersfield to win 4-3 thanks to three goals in the final 15 minutes from Angelo Ogbonna and two from half-time substitute Javier Hernandez.

WOLVES £12.02

At Molineux, Wolves scored against five of the sides that finished in the top six with Liverpool the only side not to concede to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. They were the first side to take points from champions Manchester City when Aymeric Laporte cancelled out Willy Boly’s opener in a 1-1 draw in August.

I have previously been employed working for PA Sport, having published work on BT Sport. I am now a sports data journalist.

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