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Anfield atmosphere among worst in Premier League as fans give verdicts

What's it really like to attend a Premier League match? Many watch from afar and don't know, so we polled our ESPN FC match-going bloggers -- the guys in the stands week in, week out -- to find out how they rate the atmosphere and experience.

They didn't hold back. Not surprisingly, our Arsenal blogger considered the Emirates too corporate while our Liverpool blogger didn't hold back when asked about the atmosphere at Anfield.

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Here are the results of our informal poll ...

(Figures regarding cost are obtained via BBC's Price of Football report. Ratings 1-10; 10 = best)

Arsenal

Season ticket price (cheapest/most expensive): £1,014/£2,013
Matchday home ticket price: £27/£97
Matchday away ticket price: £26/£64
Official shirt: £55

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 6/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 7/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 7/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 7/10
5. Overall value for money: 5/10

James McNicholas: The atmosphere at the Emirates is improving with time but the high prices have undoubtedly made the environment feel corporate and sanitised.


Aston Villa

Season ticket price: £335/£615
Matchday home ticket price: £23/£45
Matchday away ticket price: £33/£33
Official shirt: £50

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 8/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 7/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 6/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 7/10
5. Overall value for money: 7/10

Kevin Hughes: When the Holte End roars the atmosphere at Villa Park is among the best in the Premier League but declining attendances and poor team form make such occasions a rarity, although ticket prices are still pretty reasonable.


Bournemouth

Season ticket price: £550/£760
Matchday home ticket price: £32/£32
Matchday away ticket price: £33/£33
Official shirt: £40

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 10/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 8/10
3. Your club songs and chants: 8/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 9/10
5. Overall value for money: 10/10

Steve Menary: A season ticket for an adult and a child in the family averages just under £22 per game, which is brilliant value.

Bournemouth fans believe their atmosphere and ticket prices have been boosted following promotion to the Premier League.

Chelsea

Season ticket price: £750/£1,250
Matchday home ticket price: £52/£87
Matchday away ticket price: £47/£59
Official shirt: £53

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 7/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 7/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 8/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 7/10
5. Overall value for money: 7/10

Mark Worrall: A by-product of Chelsea's woes this season has been a marked improvement in the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, as away fans taunt and the home crowd chant their support defiantly.


Crystal Palace

Season ticket price: £420/£680
Matchday home ticket price: £23/£45
Matchday away ticket price: £32/£40
Official shirt: £44.99

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 9/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 5/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 7/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 7/10
5. Overall value for money: 7/10

Jim Daly: One of the most authentic, unsanitised match day experiences in the Premier League, even if the ground could do with a lick of paint.


Everton

Season ticket price: £444/£719
Matchday home ticket price: £35/£49
Matchday away ticket price: £36/£48
Official shirt: £50

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 6/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 7/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 8/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 7/10
5. Overall value for money: 8/10

Luke O'Farrell: On its day, Goodison still generates a wall of noise matching the best of them, but those days are increasingly rare amid a style of play that home fans do not always afford the patience required.

Goodison Park can be a difficult place to go, as Chelsea found out to their cost in a 3-1 defeat back in September.

Leicester

Season ticket price: £365/£730
Matchday home ticket price: £22/£50
Matchday away ticket price: £22/£40
Official shirt: £45

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 9/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 7/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 8/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 9/10
5. Overall value for money: 8/10

Ben Jacobs: The King Power stadium has less character than Filbert Street but far more noise and if you add good grub and reasonably priced tickets -- plus occasional free Thai beer from the owners -- you certainly get value for money.


Liverpool

Season ticket price: £710/£869
Matchday home ticket price: £37/£59
Matchday away ticket price: £41/£47
Official shirt: £49.99

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 4/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 4/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 3/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 3/10
5. Overall value for money: 1/10

Dave Usher: The matchday experience is nowhere near what it once was, the tourist quota at Anfield has gone through the roof and some of the things you see from the day-trippers is galling.


Manchester City

Season ticket price: £299/£900
Matchday home ticket price: £42/£58
Matchday away ticket price: £42/£58
Official shirt: £55

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 4/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 4/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 8/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 6/10
5. Overall value for money: 6/10

David Mooney: Expensive ticket prices are a problem -- there's no reason why they can't be cheaper -- and there's plenty more flat days than good ones since the move from Maine Road.

Manchester City's Etihad stadium has been expanded to 55,000 but fans are not entirely happy with the atmosphere.

Manchester United

Season ticket price: £532/£950
Matchday home ticket price: £31/£58
Matchday away ticket price: N/A
Official shirt: £60

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 6/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 7/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 10/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 5/10
5. Overall value for money: 6/10

Scott Patterson: The atmosphere obviously isn't as good as it was in the past and the big games are usually the only time the home crowd generates any real noise -- although the fans came into their own during David Moyes' disastrous season.


Newcastle United

Season ticket price: £465/£710
Matchday home ticket price: £27/£45
Matchday away ticket price: £25/£39
Official shirt: £47.99

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 8/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 7/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 7/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 7/10
5. Overall value for money: 8/10

Lee Ryder: If Newcastle are merely getting stuck in on the pitch, the crowd comes alive. But some of the poor football experienced in 2015 at St James' Park hasn't really helped the atmosphere.


Norwich

Season ticket price: £499.50/£646
Matchday home ticket price: £30/£50
Matchday away ticket price: £30/£45
Official shirt: £48

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 8/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 7/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 6/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 7/10
5. Overall value for money: 7/10

Paddy Davitt: There's an enduring loyalty among the support and when the Canaries' fans back their men, it is an intimidating place for the opposition.

Norwich City supporters are back following their side in the Premier League following promotion last season.

Southampton

Season ticket price: £541/£853
Matchday home ticket price: £34/£54
Matchday away ticket price: £33/£42
Official shirt: £50

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 7/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 7/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 6/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 8/10
5. Overall value for money: 7/10

Alex Crook: Southampton have shown they care about their fans this season by dishing out free programmes for Europa League ties and discounting cup tickets, leading to a sellout for the recent Capital One Cup triumph over Aston Villa.


Stoke

Season ticket price: £294/£609
Matchday home ticket price: £25/£50
Matchday away ticket price: £25/£40
Official shirt: £45

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 8/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 7/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 7/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 8/10
5. Overall value for money: 10/10

James Whittaker: The Mark Hughes revolution in the Potteries has clawed back many of the fans lost in recent years and the football on offer, coupled with one of the cheapest ticket prices in the league, mean that it's a great time to be a Stoke fan.


Sunderland

Season ticket price: £370/£525
Matchday home ticket price: £25/£40
Matchday away ticket price: £29/£39
Official shirt: £49.99

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 7/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 6/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 6/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 7/10
5. Overall value for money: 8/10

Colin Randall: The Stadium of Light rocks when times are good but can be strangely soulless in the more frequent slumps, though reasonable pricing and special deals for kids make it an affordable experience.

Sunderland fans are hoping to hear some good news soon in regards to the club's transfer dealings.
Sunderland supporters have had little to cheer about this season amid a difficult campaign.

Swansea

Season ticket price: £419/£489
Matchday home ticket price: £35/£45
Matchday away ticket price: £22/£22
Official shirt: £45

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 9/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 6/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 9/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 8/10
5. Overall value for money: 8/10

Max Hicks: The Liberty doesn't yet have a history to compete with the old Vetch Field, but the modern stadium is producing new memories for a new era of Swansea football.


Tottenham

Season ticket price: £765/£1,895
Matchday home ticket price: £32/£81
Matchday away ticket price: £32/£54
Official shirt: £55

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 6/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 7/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 7/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 7/10
5. Overall value for money: 6/10

Ben Pearce: White Hart Lane's atmosphere has been declining and tickets are hardly cheap -- but with young, homegrown players helping to improve results and re-establish a connection with the supporters, they will generally pay whatever is asked.


Watford

Season ticket price: £385/£650
Matchday home ticket price: £36/£42
Matchday away ticket price: £20/£36
Official shirt: £45

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 8/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 7/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 4/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 6/10
5. Overall value for money: 7/10

Michael Moruzzi: There's a much improved home atmosphere with a real sense of excitement about the place, but the fans' chants are mostly copied from elsewhere.


West Brom

Season ticket price: £399/£509
Matchday home ticket price: £25/£39
Matchday away ticket price:  £10/£39
Official shirt: £49.99

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 6/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 8/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 7/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 7/10
5. Overall value for money: 8/10

Matthew Evans: Prices and no real opportunity for progress in the Premier League have contributed to a poorer atmosphere, even if attendances haven't dropped.


West Ham

Season ticket price: £617.50/£955
Matchday home ticket price: £25/£95
Matchday away ticket price: £25/£85
Official shirt: £49.99

1. Atmosphere/noise from home fans: 7/10
2. Away fans adding to spectacle: 9/10
3. Your club's songs and chants: 10/10
4. Premier League matchday experience: 8/10
5. Overall value for money: 8/10

Peter Thorne: Upton Park has never been the same since the new corporate stand went up but the crowd can still whip up some passion on a good day.

Information from BBC's Price of Football report was used in this survey. Swansea's figures were independently sourced while Manchester United's away ticket figures were unobtainable.


Alex Shaw is General Editor at ESPN FC. Follow on Twitter: @AlexShawESPN.

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