Toon Army top Premier League attendance for defeat by Liverpool

August 31 – Match week 3 of the Premier League recorded the lowest average capacity of the season so far with 97.98% of seats being taken, down from 98.91% on match week 1, which featured all the same stadiums.

The best turnout of the week goes to Newcastle United, as St James Park filled to 99.82% of its maximum capacity to witness a last-minute crushing defeat at the hands of Darwin Nunez, who guided a 10-man Liverpool side to victory with two goals in the closing minutes.

Everton’s attendance has dropped by almost 3% a mere three weeks into the season, perhaps as a testament to their underwhelming season start that currently sees them at the foot of the table with 0 points and yet to score a league goal. Everton’s cup victory over Rotherham United will help in remedying fan pessimism, as the match saw new signing Beto opening his goalscoring account with a 73rd minute equaliser that inspired a comeback win.

Notably, despite the decrease in Premier League matchday attendance for the season opener, the Premier League still outshone the fan turn out in the Carabao cup in midweek.

The poorest performing club in terms of Cup attendance was Sheffield United, with only 11,040 fans watching their loss to Lincoln City, compared to the 31,336 that attended their hosting of treble-winners Manchester City.

Nottingham Forest saw attendance drop to 27,766 from 29,432, and Chelsea attendance dropped from 40.341 to 37,794.

Every Premier League team recorded their lowest attendance since the start of the season during this cup round.

Matchweek 4 of the Premier League kicks off on Friday night as pointless Luton Town host West Ham at Kenilworth Road.

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