Shock as West Ham and Southampton stadiums make unenviable Premier League top 5

General view outside the stadium before the match

West Ham United and Southampton fans are sure to have strong opinions after a new report revealed the top five most expensive stadiums per goal.

General view outside the stadium before the matchGeneral view outside the London Stadium

The Hammers endured a pretty torrid first season at the Olympic Stadium - officially known as the London Stadium - with just seven home wins to their name as Slaven Bilic's side laboured to an 11th place finish.

The new stadium was actually cited as a key reason for the team's contrast in fortunes from their record breaking farewell campaign at the Boleyn Ground the season before.

A plethora of teething problems, supporters' discontent over the gap between the stands and the pitch and a perceived lack of atmosphere were just some of the issues.

Meanwhile, Southampton played some drab football for large parts of a topsy turvy season at St Mary's which has left manager Claude Puel's future in doubt, as reported by the likes of The Mirror.

Any debate over whether fans of both clubs got value for their money last season has now been put to bed by new research.

According to analysis by money-saving website Voucherbox the average supporter in the Premier League paid £12.06 to witness a goal live during the 2016/17 season.

The average price of a season ticket at all top-flight English grounds was compared with the total number of goals scored in each stadium.

General view inside the stadium before the match - St Mary's SouthamptonSouthampton's St Mary's Stadium

And the findings revealed that fans at the London Stadium and St Mary's were being shortchanged as both made the top five most expensive Premier League stadiums for goals.

In fifth place, West Ham's new home witnessed 50 goals - owing more to the club's leaky defence than goal-happy forward line - which worked out at £13.89 per goal across the season.

West Ham United's Adrian, Dimitri Payet and team mates look dejectedWest Ham struggled at home in their first season at the new ground

In fourth place, St Mary's was nearly £5 more expensive, though, with 38 goals netted at the stadium, working out at £18.34 per goal.

North London was the most expensive place to see goals where a combination of expensive season tickets and better quality defending meant Arsenal and Tottenham topped the charts with the Gunners costing a whopping £27.52 per goal and Spurs £23.75 per goal.

Southampton manager Claude PuelSouthampton manager Claude Puel

Manchester United complete the table in third place, with Old Trafford's 38 goals costing fans £19.50 each.  

At the other end of the scale, relegated Hull and Sunderland will take little comfort from the knowledge that their sides were in the top three for value for money in the Premier League.

The Tigers claimed top spot as their £432 season ticket and 63 goals netted in the KCOM Stadium meant that it cost just £6.86 per goal.

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