The facts

  • Early leavers duck out 7.5 minute before the final whistle on average
  • Arsenal fans waste £186 by missing late goals
  • Chelsea fans witnessed the most late goals in the Premier League last season
  • Stoke and West Brom will be glad they left early

The getaway

You might be surprised to learn that the average Premier League fan leaves a whole seven minutes and 37 seconds early from home games either to avoid the final-whistle-rush or simply to end their own suffering. With that in mind, we’ve ripped the lid off the case of the early leavers to show you just how much money they waste and how many goals they miss out on per season.

We can now reveal that last season, the average Premier League fan missed eight goals by leaving early, representing a wastage of £72.63 of a season ticket price, based on the share of goals missed.

Should I stay or should I go now?

Arsenal fans might think twice about ducking out early when they learn that their side scored 18% of their goals in the last seven minutes of matches last season. Given the hefty price of a season ticket at the Emirates, this equates to £185.77 wasted on missed goals per season – that’s a whopping 15 times higher than that of Stoke fans who left the bet365 Stadium early.

The fans who wasted the most money on their season ticket by leaving 7.5 minutes early during the 2016/17 season were:
1. Arsenal – missed 18% of home goals, accounting for £185.77 of the season ticket
2. Chelsea – 20% of goals, £150.00 wasted
3. Southampton – 24% of goals, £137.41 wasted
4. Everton – 24% of goals, £122.62 wasted
5. Swansea City – 24% of goals, £108.63 wasted

The fans who wasted the least amount of money on their season ticket by leaving 7.5 minutes early during the 2016/17 season were:
1. Stoke City – missed 4% of home goals, accounting for £12.25 of the season ticket
2. West Brom – 4% of goals, £14.78 wasted
3. Huddersfield Town – 15% of goals, £26.32 wasted
4. Newcastle United – 8% of goals, £26.86 wasted
5. Brighton – 7% of goals, £32.28 wasted

Better late than never

Chelsea fans who stayed for the duration were treated to the most late goals last season, scoring an impressive 11 times after the 83rd minute. Given that missing out on these late Stamford Bridge strikes equates to a wastage of £150, Chelsea fans might also want to consider the financial implications of leaving home games early.

When factoring in late away goals, Everton’s and Swansea’s early leavers missed the most action with a whopping 13 goals being scored after the 83rd minute at both Goodison Park and The Liberty Stadium last season. Six of the late goals in Swansea were however scored by the away side.

Leave it, yeah

At the wrong end of the scale, Crystal Palace fans might be better off heading home for an early bath, having conceded six late goals last season. However, since they did also score 21% of their goals in the closing stages, this would still represent a wastage of £87.50 over the course of the season.

The Stoke faithful stand to lose out on the least by leaving early. Scoring only 4% of their goals in the last seven minutes of games, they would lose just £12.25 by taking an earlier bus back.

Baggies fans also stand to lose £14.78 by leaving early with just 4 late goals being scored at West Brom home games last season, three of which were scored by the visitors.

So, next time you’re thinking about going to the game, check again for a reminder of how your team performs late on and see whether you should stay for the action or get home for a nice hot brew.

Team Goals for Goals against Total goals Season ticket price % of home goals in final 7.5 mins Wastage of ticket price
Arsenal 7 2 9 £1,035 18% £185.77
Chelsea 11 1 12 £750 20% £150
Southampton 4 3 7 £584 24% £137.41
Everton 10 3 13 £515 24% £122.62
Swansea City 7 6 13 £419 26% £108.63
Crystal Palace 5 6 11 £420 21% £87.50
Manchester United 4 2 6 £550 15% £84.62
Bournemouth 5 5 10 £550 14% £78.57
West Ham United 5 5 10 £289 26% £76.05
Liverpool 4 1 5 £685 9% £60.89
Watford 3 5 8 £505 12% £60.60
Burnley 4 3 7 £390 15% £60
Tottenham Hotspur 3 3 6 £765 6% £48.83
Manchester City 5 4 9 £299 14% £40.41
Leicester City 3 5 8 £395 10% £38.23
Brighton & Hove Albion 3 4 7 £495 7% £32.28
Newcastle United 4 2 6 £329 8% £26.86
Huddersfield Town 5 2 7 £179 15% £26.32
West Bromwich Albion 1 3 4 £399 4% £14.78
Stoke City 1 5 6 £294 4% £12.25

 

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