Ranking how full each Premier League stadium has been this season

Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League

Premier League fans will know the struggle of trying to get tickets to watch their favourite side play.

Of course, it depends which team you support.

Some teams sell out their stadium every week no matter the opposition and supporters have to resort to being armchair fans every week.

But how many people actually attend each week?

Just because a game is sold out, it doesn’t mean every single season ticket holder actually turns up.

Therefore, with thanks to data from Transfermarkt, we’ve identified how full each Premier League stadium has been this season.

The results are certainly interesting - and may dispel the ‘Emptyhad’ myth once and for all…

Let’s take a look:

20th | Newcastle

Capacity: 52,338
Average: 47,166
Capacity percentage: 90.1%

Some Newcastle fans have boycotting home games in protest against owner Mike Ashley. There was a mass protest planned on the opening day of the season, where there was 47,635 in attendance.

Newcastle United v Liverpool FC - Premier League

18th= | Southampton

Capacity: 32,384
Average: 29,646
Capacity percentage: 91.5%

With Southampton’s upturn of form, expect their capacity percentage to rise in the coming weeks and months. Those loyal home fans had to experience a 9-0 thrashing at the hands of Leicester on a very wet Friday night in October.

Southampton FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

18th= | Burnley

Capacity: 32,384
Average: 29,646
Capacity percentage: 91.5%

Burnley have lost the joint-most of any club at home this season (6). Their attendances have been improved by the fact they’ve already faced Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United at Turf Moor.

Burnley FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

17th | Bournemouth:

Capacity: 11,329
Average: 10,531
Capacity percentage: 93.0%

Bournemouth have by far the smallest stadium in the Premier League and yet they still have one of the worst capacity percentages. The Cherries have struggled this season and have only beaten Everton and Man Utd at home.

AFC Bournemouth v Burnley FC - Premier League

16th | Sheffield United

Capacity: 32,702
Average: 30,799
Capacity percentage: 94.2%

Sheffield United have been this season’s surprise package and you’d expect slightly more people to be turning up each week. Those that have attended Bramall Lane have seen wins against Crystal Palace, Arsenal, Burnley and Aston Villa.

Sheffield United v Burnley FC - Premier League

15th | Watford

Capacity: 21,577
Average: 20,593
Capacity percentage: 95.4%

There might be more Watford fans going to Vicarage Road now that Nigel Pearson is in charge. Wins against Man Utd, Aston Villa and Wolves in their last three Premier League home games will encourage the Watford faithful.

Watford FC v Aston Villa - Premier League

14th | Tottenham

Capacity: 62,062
Average: 59,308
Capacity percentage: 95.6%

Is Tottenham’s new stadium too big for them? We’re only joking, of course.

A few fans were probably put off by their terrible form under Mauricio Pochettino at the start of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea FC - Premier League

13th | Crystal Palace

Capacity: 26.047
Average: 25.058
Capacity percentage: 96.2%

Selhurst Park is regarded as one of the best atmospheres in the league. But it’s becoming a bit of a myth that it’s a tough place to go. Palace have won four home matches this season, scoring just nine goals.

Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

12th | Manchester United

Capacity: 74,879
Average: 72,419
Capacity percentage: 96.7%

You can’t exactly blame United fans for giving a few matches a miss this season. Having said that, they’ve only lost one league game this season - against Crystal Palace.

Manchester United v Colchester United - Carabao Cup: Quarter Final

11th | Wolves

Capacity: 32,050
Average: 31,287
Capacity percentage: 97.6%

Wolves fans are busy enjoying their European tour and may have missed a league game or two at the Molineux to save a bit of money for their trips abroad. They’ve only lost twice at home this season in the league - 5-2 to Chelsea and 2-1 to Spurs.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

10th | Aston Villa

Capacity: 42,682
Average: 41,703
Capacity percentage: 97.7%

Villa will need their home form if they want to survive this season. Dean Smith’s side have won four matches at Villa Park - against Everton, Brighton, Newcastle and Norwich.

Aston Villa v Newcastle United - Premier League

9th | Liverpool

Capacity: 54,074
Average: 53,118
Capacity percentage: 98.2%

Liverpool may have won all 11 matches at home this season but they’re only ninth in the capacity percentage table. A 3-1 win against Man City has been the highlight. They've sold out every home game but season ticket holders appear to have missed a few matches.

Liverpool FC v Sheffield United - Premier League

8th | Manchester City

Capacity: 55,017
Average: 54.386
Capacity percentage: 98.9%

The Emptyhad? We don’t think so.

City are usually unbeatable at home in the league but Wolves and Man Utd have already come away from the Etihad with all three points.

Manchester City v Everton FC - Premier League

7th | Brighton

Capacity: 30,666
Average: 30,352
Capacity percentage: 99.0%

Brighton have a beautiful stadium down on the south coast and are playing good football under Graham Potter. They also have the seventh-best home record this season and it seems fans are loving it.


6th | Everton

Capacity: 39,571
Average: 39,215
Capacity percentage: 99.1%

Fair play, Everton fans. The Toffees have been pretty wretched this season but they constantly sell out Goodison Park. To be fair, they’ve only lost three times at home - against Sheffield United, Man City and Norwich.

Everton FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

5th | Norwich

Capacity: 27,244
Average: 27,037
Capacity percentage: 99.2%

Norwich fans are making the most of their time in the Premier League. However, the Canaries actually have the worst home record in the league. Their supporters will never forget that memorable 3-2 victory over Man City in September, though.

Norwich City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League

2nd= | Arsenal

Capacity: 60,704
Average: 60,278
Capacity percentage: 99.3%

This one is questionable. Arsenal always seem to announce their attendance based on tickets sold, rather than those that actually turn up. If every club did that, almost all of them would be on 100% capacity percentage.

Anyway, the Gunners have only won four times in 11 matches at the Emirates but their latest against Man Utd under Mikel Arteta will give Gooners hope.

Arsenal FC v Leeds United - FA Cup Third Round

2nd= | Leicester

Capacity: 32,273
Average: 32,046
Capacity percentage: 99.3%

Leicester fans have only seen their side lose once at the King Power Stadium - a 4-0 loss to Liverpool. But the Foxes have won seven of their 10 home fixtures and tickets are very hard to come by right now.

Leicester City v Watford FC - Premier League

2nd= | Chelsea

Capacity: 40,853
Average: 40,567
Capacity percentage: 99.3%

There’s no doubt about it, Chelsea have outgrown Stamford Bridge and need a bigger stadium.

They could do with a better home record, too. Chelsea fans have already seen their side lose four times in their own backyard - three of which in very disappointing circumstances.

Chelsea have lost at home to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton without scoring a single goal.

Chelsea FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League

1st | West Ham

Capacity: 60,000
Average: 59,916
Capacity percentage: 99.9%

West Ham have a huge 54,000 season tickets at the London stadium, which obviously helps with their very high attendance.

But they’ve seen just three wins in their 10 home games, though, with six defeats.

West Ham United v Arsenal FC - Premier League

It’s certainly a surprise to see West Ham at the top especially given their form this season. Do they, like Arsenal, count tickets sold rather than those who attend?

But with Leicester and Chelsea playing well - and having relatively small stadiums - it’s no shock to see them tied in second with Arsenal.

City above the likes of Liverpool and United is definitely a shock.

Meanwhile, the protest against Ashley at St James’ Park is clearly having an effect on their attendances.

It will certainly be interesting to see how the capacity percentages change throughout the season.

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