Are You Playing Away? EPL’s Best Trips Out
September 08, 2015
With Bournemouth having achieved a deserved promotion from the Championship last season, fans across the Premier League are already planning a trip to the coast in the next nine months. This is likely to emerge as one of the Premier League's best away-days, especially since Blackpool lost their coveted top flight status back in 2011 and after Hull City were relegated last year.
After all, the latter club was recently unveiled as the best away-day among Premier League fans last season, considering factors such as location, transport links and the quality of entertainment provided by the hot club. With Championship-bound Burnley also rated relatively highly in the poll, Bournemouth's arrival is sure to be welcomed by fans.
The Best Remaining EPL Away-days
These clubs aside, however, what are the top three remaining away-day in the EPL?
We should start on the South Coast, were Ronald Koeman's Southampton came second in last-season's poll. This result underlined the Saints' appeal as everyone's second favourite club in the Premier League, with fans particularly impressed by comfort levels and the quality of half-time entertainment on offer. Stoke City surprising came third with an average score of 6.94 out of 10, with the region's outstanding transport links one of the primary reasons for this. Next came Swansea City with 6.72, although this should come as no surprise given the surrounding location and pleasant nature of the locals.
In terms of the leading lights of the Premier League, Arsenal is the first top-four club to appear in the poll. It achieved sixth place with an average score of 6.84 out of 10, with Manchester City 10th, Chelsea 16th and Manchester United languishing in 17th. Liverpool's miserable season was also capped in a fitting style, as Brendan Rodgers' team was ranked in a lowly 18th place with a score of just 5.32 out of 10. Only Crystal Palace and QPR fared worse, with the latter ranked 20th with a poor total of 3.58.
The Last Word
This poll shows that entertainment on the field is not the only consideration for fans, especially in an age where ticket prices are continuing to climb. An estimated 45% of all respondents claimed that the price of a ticket was important in determining whether or not to attend an away game, alongside other factors such as journey time and distance. Overall the results appear to be positive and this is good news for the English game, with 29% of fans rating the comfort level at away games highly and 13% giving their thumbs up to the standard of entertainment available.