Home stadium key to victory in Premier League

Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, home to Manchester City. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Teams need to take advantage of their home stadium in order to win games and titles. Analyzing the last six Premier League seasons, it’s evident that home-field advantage is statistically relevant.  

In the Premier League, teams play 38 games – 19 home, 19 away. In the 2011-12 Premier League season, there were 115 games won by the visitors, 92 ties and 173 games won by the home team. This means teams playing at home won 45% of the time, compared to 30% of the visiting teams. Manchester City, which won the league title that year, won 18 games at home, drawing only one.

In the 2012-13 season, the visiting team won 105 games, there were 107 ties, and the home team won 168. This means teams playing at home won 44% of the time, compared to 28% of the visiting teams. The league winner, Manchester United,  won 16 at home and lost 3.  

In the 2013-14 season, the visiting team won 122 games, with 77 ties and 181 wins for the home team. This means teams playing at home won 47% of the time, compared to 32% of the visiting teams.  Manchester City, returning to the league championship again, won 17 at home, tied one and lost one of their 38 total games.

In the 2014-15 season, the visiting team won 114 games, with 92 ties and 174 wins for the home team. This means the teams playing at home won 46% of the time, compared to 30% of the visiting teams. The team that won the title, Chelsea, was undefeated at home. Out of those 38 games, they won 15 at home and tied four.  

In the 2015-16 season, the visiting team won 114 games, with 106 ties and 160 wins for the home team. This means the teams playing at home won 42% of the times, compared to 30% of the visiting teams. Leicester City, the surprise champion, won 12, tied 6 and lost one at home.

In the 2016-17 season, the visiting team won 108 games, with 83 ties and 189 wins for the home team. This means the teams playing at home won nearly 50% of their games, compared to 28% of the visiting teams. In Chelsea’s return to the top of the table, they won 17 at home, losing only two.  

Home field advantage in the Premier League is a fact. Of the six season champions, their home winning percentages were 47%, 42%, 45%, 39%, 31%, 45%. And the visiting team win percentages: 26%, 31%, 26%, 29%, 26%, 34%.

The clear difference in results indicates that Premier League home stadium advantage is real and verifiable.  

Ricardo  Avila Alvarez is a graduate journalism student at Arizona State University.

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