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King Power Stadium is the place where Premier League fans get the best value

Published 10/02/2016

Louis van Gaal and Manchester United have left their fans short of goalmouth action
Louis van Gaal and Manchester United have left their fans short of goalmouth action

A lack of entertainment at Manchester United home matches has been a recurring theme this season and is borne out by statistics as the row over increased ticket prices and the debate over value for money for fans rumbles on.

A supporter buying the cheapest ticket (£31) for all 12 Barclays Premier League matches at Old Trafford this season has effectively paid £18.60 for every goal they have witnessed.

United have managed to score 15 goals and conceded five, which having paid a total of £372, means those 20 goals seen have cost that fan almost £20 each - although they have seen their side win six and lose just twice.

But while the games at Old Trafford have been quite turgid, partly down to manager Louis van Gaal's rigid style, it is no surprise leaders Leicester are offering the most entertainment.

There have been 34 goals at the King Power Stadium in a dozen matches so far and while the Foxes' more open style means they have conceded 13 times a fan buying their cheapest match ticket (£22) for all those matches has paid £7.76 for every goal they have seen, witnessing seven victories and just one defeat.

Leicester may lead the way, therefore, on entertainment value but it is not restricted to the top teams with 17th-placed Newcastle sharing 38 goals with opponents at St James' Park (20 for, 18 against) meaning each goal equates to a £9.24 cost for a fan paying £27 for each of those matches.

Everton's Goodison Park and Manchester City's Etihad Stadium have jointly witnessed the most goals (49), although City's fans have probably enjoyed it more as of that tally their side's share is 34, meaning each goal has cost the lowest-priced ticket holder £9.29 and £11.14 respectively.

Despite Chelsea's struggles this season Stamford Bridge has seen 41 goals in 13 matches but with the ground having the most expensive lowest-priced ticket in the Premier League that equates to £16.49 a goal.

Here P ress Association Sport takes a look at the statistics.

Home game aggregate goals (both teams)

Team (PL rank) Lowest ticket price* (£) Number of home matches Goals in home matches Cost of each goal (£)

Leicester (1) 22 12 34 7.76

West Ham (6) 25 12 34 8.82

Newcastle (17) 27 13 38 9.24

Everton (8) 35 13 49 9.29

West Brom (14) 25 13 33 9.85

C Palace (12) 25 13 31 10.48

Norwich (18) 30 12 34 10.59

Man City (4) 42 13 49 11.14

Aston Villa (20) 23 12 24 11.50

Stoke (11) 25 12 26 11.54

Sunderland (19) 25 12 26 11.54

Bournemouth (15) 32 12 32 12.00

Southampton (7) 34 13 36 12.28

Tottenham (2) 32 13 32 13.00

Liverpool (9) 37 12 33 13.45

Arsenal (3) 27 12 23 14.09

Swansea (16) 35 13 30 15.17

Chelsea (13) 52 13 41 16.49

Man Utd (5) 31 12 20 18.60

Watford (10) 36 13 24 19.50

(* Source: BBC)

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