Manchester United stand head and shoulders above their rivals when it comes to Premier League matches played under floodlights, research by the UK’s leading online LED lighting retailer, LED Hut revealed today.
From analysis undertaken of the most recent 38 league games played by every Premier League club under floodlit conditions*, Manchester United have been crowned champions in the LED Hut Footy Under Floodlights league.
Shedding light on current Premier League teams’ performances from fixtures played under floodlights, LED Hut, who sponsor Salford FC, has published the standings of all 20 top flight clubs after analysing the league results of all the 2015/16 season Premier League sides.
The full league table published by LED Hut revealing where all 20 Premier League clubs rank, based on their most recent 38 floodlit league fixtures, can be viewed here.
Eclipsing the feats of unlikely Premier League champions Leicester City, Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United top the pile when it comes to league matches played under floodlights with 71 points from 38 games.
The Red Devils excel in matches played under floodlights having won 21 and drawn eight of their last 38 night games played in the Premier League. These include victories this season under floodlights over two of their fiercest rivals; Manchester United beat Liverpool (3-1) at Old Trafford and near neighbours Manchester City (1-0) on their travels.
Despite suffering a 3-2 defeat to West Ham earlier this week in the last ever match to be played at the Boleyn Ground, Manchester United overcame their two nearest challengers Manchester City and Arsenal to finish top of the league by three points.
Securing the fourth and final Champions League Spot from the results of their last 38 league matches played under floodlights are Liverpool who pipped Chelsea and Bournemouth to a top four finish with a superior goal difference after all three teams finished the season on 66 points.
Unfancied Leicester City, who caused the biggest upset in sporting history to be crowned Premier League champions, only finished eighth in the Footy Under Floodlights league. The Foxes lost all their night matches in the 2014/15 season to extinguish their chances of claiming a Champions League spot.
At the other end of the table, Aston Villa’s miserable season is compounded by the knowledge that they finished in the bottom three of the league when only floodlit league matches are accounted for, with just eight wins in 38 games.
They are joined in the relegation places by Newcastle United who have suffered the humiliation of two relegations in the same season. The magpies suffered 22 defeats from their 38 most recent league matches under floodlights including a midweek 7-3 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates to finish bottom of the pile in LED Hut’s Footy Under Floodlights league table.
Aston Villa and Newcastle are joined by draw specialists West Brom who fill the final relegation spot. The Baggies are confined to the bottom three with 16 draws and 14 defeats from their last 38 league games played under floodlights.
Revelling in the special atmosphere of league matches played under floodlight, Chelsea recorded the most emphatic win in the Footy Under Floodlights league; Chelsea thrashed relegated Aston Villa eight nil, inflicting the Villans’ heaviest ever defeat in top flight football.
Commenting on the Footy Under Floodlights league table, Chris Evans from LEDHut.co.uk, said: “Salford FC club owners Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Phil Neville will be wishing all Manchester United league matches could be played after dark looking at how the Footy Under Floodlights league table has turned out.”
“The Theatre of Dreams under floodlights is clearly an inspiring stadium for Manchester United’s players but they obviously revel playing night matches away from home too.”
“In complete contrast, it’s been a miserable season all round for Newcastle United, with the Magpies relegation from the Premier League compounded by finishing bottom of the table when only floodlit league matches are accounted for too.”
“For supporters and players alike, matches played under floodlights generate a very special atmosphere which has been heightened by the increasing prevalence of LED lighting at a growing number of Premier League stadiums.”
“LED lighting also provides an enhanced experience for a worldwide TV audience who benefit from vertical illuminance on the players and excellent uniformity of light.”
“What’s more, research suggests LED floodlighting lamps installed at a growing number of leading clubs, including Chelsea FC and Southampton, are expected to last in excess of 10 seasons. In contrast, traditional floodlighting lamps need to be replaced every three seasons to maintain the lighting levels required.”
“These benefits of LED lighting at football grounds mirror the benefits of LED bulbs over traditional forms of halogen and incandescent lighting used at home; LED bulbs typically have an operational life-cycle of over 50,000 hours of continuous operation which means that they can cut lighting bills by up to 90%.”