West Ham thriving without fans at matches with biggest points boost in Premier League
Silence is goalden for high-flying West Ham who are thriving without fans at matches.
The Hammers have had the biggest points per game swing in the Premier League since Covid forced fans from the stands.
The East Londoners have averaged 1.67 points per game compared to just 0.85 last season.
David Moyes’ side have 55 points and are fighting for a Champions League place.
Fan James Lee, 38, said: “We looked destined for relegation before the pandemic. I guess the proof will be when fans return.”
His team are a point above current champs Liverpool who have suffered most from a lack of fans. They are at the bottom of the points per game swing table, going from 2.82 to just 1.63.
Just above Liverpool are now relegated Sheffield United with 0.52 points per game, down from 1.53.
The stats take in the nine or 10 games each team played at the end of 2019/20 season when fans were first banned.
They also include the eight games this campaign in November and December with 2,000 fans before the winter coronavirus wave.
Supporters are set to be allowed back for the last two rounds of matches in May.
The Football Supporters’ Association said: “Whatever the reasons for on-field success or failure, the past 12 months have shown us one thing – football is simply not the same without fans in the stands.”