In an effort to increase the number of supporters travelling to away games, this season Premier League clubs agreed to cap ticket prices on the road to £30, with some clubs selling them even cheaper.
Going to all the away games in a season is something that it is often associated with the hard-core, elite supporters. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Findings show that Chelsea fans can even make savings by watching the team on the road, and this is something that all Blues supporters should consider.
We cast our eyes over a recent study by Voucherbox which demonstrates that away tickets for all of Chelsea’s top-flight games in a season – including travel expenses – would amount to £749.90. This is actually a whopping £209.10 saving on the cost of watching all the home games, as season ticket prices at Stamford Bridge come in at £959.
Now this is not to advocate shunning the homes games, because that is undoubtedly where the best atmosphere is. But the data shows that going to watch the away matches isn’t as expensive as some fans may have previously thought.
From all the price information collected on clubs in the top division, it’s Chelsea’s fans that have one of the best deals for supporting the team on the road.
Only Stoke City can be followed for less, with their tickets and travel adding up to £560. At the opposite end of the scale, roaming around the country as a Sunderland fan would cost a staggering £1202.70.
The Blues are steamrolling the opposition home and away this season, and to see Antonio Conte’s well-oiled machine trampling opponents in their own backyards is a sight to behold for any Blues fan. Imagine being at the Etihad when the London club came from 1-0 down to slaughter the previous favourites for the title 3-1 (see video above). Three second half goals from Chelsea to demolish Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City proved exactly why the Blues are now in the driving seat to win the league.
In the past, Eden Hazard has been accused of getting homesick and not delivering on enemy territory, but this season that looks like it has changed. The Eden of old is back. Demonstrated perfectly by his 90th-minute goal against City to put the game to bed, and also picking up a goal and assist in the recent 2-0 victory over Southampton.
Diego Costa certainly doesn’t discriminate as to where he scores goals! Be it at Stamford Bridge or on his travels, the Spain international has been incredible to watch this term, and is well-set to storm towards the Golden Boot if he can remain injury free.
We don’t need telling that Chelsea already have a die-hard support base that travels with the team to all corners of England, but it’s my hope that more fans could be tempted to join in following the boys away from home.
If Conte’s men are going to push for their second title in three seasons, they need the Blues army out in full force and with them all the way.