The Best Value Premier League Clubs for Fans to Support
They gave fans the ultimate fairytale in 2015-16 with the unlikeliest of Premier League wins, and Leicester City continue to lead the way for fans.
The Foxes have always been viewed as a community and family-friendly club, and the work done by their owners, the Srivaddhanaprabha family, has only furthered this, making them one of the best-run and most popular clubs around.
The glory of 2016, with Claudio Ranieri, dilly-ding-dilly-dong, Andrea Bocelli on the pitch, the brilliance of N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez and all that has passed, has made way for something far more sustainable and crucially, very accessible for all.
The Premier League is so awash with money that many clubs can afford to price themselves out of the reach of their local fanbases, but Leicester City remain the best value for money for fans in the English top flight following the latest research in our Expensive Fan Club project.
By analysing a range of things that fans pay for on a matchday and throughout a season, as well as the accessibility of every Premier League ground, we have worked out which clubs offer the best value for money.
|Club||Stadium||Capacity||Season tickets sold||Percentage of season ticket holders|
|Leicester City||King Power Stadium||32,312||23,000||71.18%|
|Manchester City||Etihad Stadium||55,017||40,000||72.70%|
|Leeds United||Elland Road||37,792||23,000||60.86%|
|Norwich City||Carrow Road||27,244||21,000||77.08%|
|Brentford||Brentford Community Stadium||17,250||10,000||57.97%|
|Southampton||St Mary's Stadium||32,384||22,000||67.93%|
|Newcastle United||St James' Park||52,305||35,000||66.92%|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||Falmer Stadium||31,800||23,000||72.33%|
|West Ham United||London Stadium||60,000||40,000||66.67%|
|Manchester United||Old Trafford||74,140||52,000||70.14%|
|Aston Villa||Villa Park||42,682||30,000||70.29%|
|Crystal Palace||Selhurst Park||25,486||17,500||68.67%|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium||62,850||42,000||66.83%|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||Molineux Stadium||32,050||22,000||68.64%|
Every club has been ranked by capacity, cheapest season ticket price, cheapest matchday ticket price, the percentage of disability access seats in the ground, the price of a replica shirt, the cost of a beer/burger/programme, the number of goals per home game and the price paid per home goal scored last season to reveal the best club overall across each metric, ultimately providing us with the best value for Premier League football.
They might not have the biggest stadium (Old Trafford), or the cheapest season tickets (West Ham) or even the most entertainment on a matchday (Manchester City), but by offering fans a good day out across the board, Leicester come out top in the league.
Where they do rank strongly is the percentage of capacity given up to disability seats, where they sit second at 0.610%, just behind 0.695% at Brighton, while at £11 per home goal scored in the 2020/21 season, only Manchester City and West Ham offered better value for entertainment last season.
|Club||Cheapest season ticket||Cheapest matchday ticket||Cost of beer||Cost of a burger||Price of a programme|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||£545||£30||£4.50||£4.60||£3.50|
|West Ham United||£320||£25||£5.00||£7.00||£3.50|
With the cheapest season tickets available for £365 and high quality football in return, the Foxes are a good team to follow despite relatively high prices for a shirt, a beer, a burger and a programme.
Leeds are renowned for their strong following and are in second place - arguably due to still having Championship prices along with Brentford in fourth - while West Ham are fifth thanks to the low prices of the London Stadium and Manchester City are sixth thanks to consistently low ticket prices and a high return on the pitch.
|Club||Goals per home game||Price per goal||Overall ranking|
|West Ham United||1.78||10.00||8|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||1.22||24.77||9|
Despite their recent success and Champions League triumph last season under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea come bottom of the pile with the worst value for money for supporters.
While not scoring terribly in any category, their season tickets are among the highest prices overall, the price of the shirts are also very high and fans will be used to paying London prices for beer at Stamford Bridge.
And with the side fairly goal-shy at home last season, the £19 per home goal scored doesn’t compare favourably to other teams.
Data has been gathered from a range of sources, including Football Ground Guide, Age UK Mobility and the Daily Star.
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