Revealed: The best and worst kick off times for EVERY Premier League team!
A new study has looked into the favoured fixture time for each Premier League side, finding Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has no basis for his complaints about the Saturday 12-30 p.m. kick off.
The research from Bookmakers.tv looks at the fixture times where each team has their highest and lowest win rate, finding none of the regular Champions League sides to have an issue navigating early Saturday matches.
In fact, since the start of the 2015/16 season, Chelsea actually perform best in Saturday lunchtime games, winning as many as 72% of their ties.
Instead, three recent European regulars (Manchester City, Manchester United and Spurs) all perform worst in games starting at 4-30 p.m. on a Sunday, despite the extra day off after midweek action. The sides have win rates of 50%, 32% and 39% respectively – well below their best performing time slots.
Liverpool have had greatest trouble with midweek Premier League fixtures, winning just 45% of 8 p.m. kick offs on a Wednesday. Chelsea struggle even more on Wednesday evenings, with a 27% win-rate in the 7-45 p.m. slot.
The team least comfortable with the early start on Saturday is Leicester, with the Foxes winning just 8% of their games. Crystal Palace and West Ham are the other sides who perform worst at that time.
Another club with a notable dislike of particular fixture time is Brighton. The Seagulls have failed to win a single game from eight attempts at 5-30 p.m. on a Saturday.
Several teams are fans of the traditional Saturday 3 p.m. start, including Arsenal (79% win-rate), Everton (44%) and Wolves (48%). City seem to prefer it most – winning nine in 10 games (90%).
Burnley, meanwhile, perform the best in their midweek Premier League games, winning 100% of their Tuesday 7-45 p.m. kick-offs.
However, the Clarets perform the worst in noon kick offs on a Sunday.