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Premier League fans will spend more on fuel than tickets

BURDEN: Footie fans have to dig deep into their pockets this season, according to research from Confused.com

THIS FOOTBALL seasons, loyal fans will face some lengthy car journeys to see their teams play – and fuel bills to match. However, they might be shocked to learn that they will have to spend more on fuel than the cost of their away tickets, on average, according to new research by Confused.com, the car savings site.

The research discovered each fan will spend a whopping £6,071 on petrol to travel to all of their team’s away games over the season. This fuel cost is even more expensive than the £570 they will have to spend on away tickets if they go to all 19 of their team’s Premiership matches, with each away game being capped at £302.

The staggering cost of a Premier League fan’s fuel bill is no doubt down to the distance they will need to travel to cheer on their team. Fans will drive 5,762 miles on average over the season to support their team at away matches. This is further than the distance from London to Shanghai in one trip.

Looking at cost per match, fans can expect to fork out around £321 for petrol as they will drive a 304 mile round-trip for an away game, on average.

Some fans will also be forking out extra money to follow their team throughout the season and purchasing a season ticket, which will give them access to all home games, and priority when buying tickets to away games. In fact, of all 20 teams, Arsenal fans will be paying the most for tickets this season when including the cost of season tickets, with the cheapest available costing a whopping £8,914. But they will have some small respite from sky-high prices by paying just £5,091 for their petrol bill in total. Even so, the combined cost (away game tickets, season ticket and petrol) of watching their team play is an eye-watering £1,970.

On the other hand, the biggest savers of the season are Stoke City supporters, spending only £1,362 on petrol, away game and season tickets.

Amanda Stretton, Motoring Editor at Confused.com, says:

“Being a football fan is a very expensive hobby, and it doesn’t just stop at the cost of tickets. Supporters will have to pay £607 on petrol over the course of the season, on average, and that goes without factoring in the added cost of parking.

“However, there are ways fans can keep costs down as much as possible. It’s worth benchmarking the average cost of petrol against the price of a designated coach to see which is cheaper, and there is always the option of car sharing with other supporters. Fans can also save money by finding the cheapest fuel stations in their area online using the Confused.com fuel price comparison service.”

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