Tottenham and Manchester City have thrived without fans while Arsenal have struggled – will everything change in the Premier League with supporters back?

Finally, football fans return to stadiums in the Premier League this weekend after nine months of games being played behind closed doors.
Some areas in the country that remain in tier 3 restrictions will have to wait a little longer but those in tier 2 can have up to 2,000 supporters – and that number could well be increased by the end of 2020.
West Ham will be the first Premier League team to welcome back fans when they take on Manchester United on SaturdayGetty Images – Getty
It has been a long time coming and, barring a couple of test events, we have got used to the sight of empty stands.
While it has given us an insight into what players say to each other during the game, it’s nothing compared to having the atmosphere of fans at the grounds.
Things won’t quite be the same straight away, with 2,000 unlikely to make the same noise as a full stadium – but it’s good to have them back.
West Ham will be the first Premier League side to welcome spectators through the terraces again as they face Manchester United at the London Stadium on Saturday.
Chelsea will host Leeds at Stamford Bridge later that evening, and both games will be live on talkSPORT.

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Games to host fans in Premier League THIS WEEKEND

West Ham vs Man United – London Stadium (Sat – 5.30pm)
Chelsea vs Leeds – Stamford Bridge (Sat – 8pm)
Tottenham vs Arsenal – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Sun – 4.30pm)
Liverpool vs Wolves – Anfield (Sun – 7.15pm)
Brighton vs Southampton – Amex Stadium (Mon – 8pm)

 
On Sunday, the north London derby between Tottenham vs Arsenal and Liverpool vs Wolves will welcome 2,000 spectators in.
Brighton play Southampton on Monday night with fans also back on the south coast for that one.
It will be interesting to see whether the return of fans has any affect on performances and results.
Home advantage has seemingly gone out of the window without the backing of a vocal support but some clubs have thrived without fans.
Here at talkSPORT.com, we’ve taken a look at how the Premier League table has looked since the last time fans were able to attend games…

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Tottenham have been flying since the Premier League restarted in June and have the joint-most points (39), along with Man City.
Jose Mourinho’s side have only lost twice in 19 games and currently lead the 2020/21 table.
They are one of the first clubs to host fans this weekend, and will hope to fare just as well in front of an audience as they have done without it.
Conversely, Arsenal have struggled during the national lockdown with Mikel Arteta’s side picking up the same amount of points (29) as West Ham and fewer than Southampton and Wolves.
Manchester United had a relatively slow start to this season, especially at Old Trafford, and find themselves down in ninth place.
The 62,000 capacity ground at Tottenham will have one seat full for every 30 empty on SundayGetty Images – Getty
In the overall table since football has been played without fans, they still rank fourth and are just one point behind champions Liverpool (38) but have played one game less.
All three of their defeats have come this season and surprisingly all have been at home.
Sheffield United have been one of the worst performers with just 12 points from their 20 games.
That is less than Leeds, who have only been in the Premier League since September but have already got two points from Sheffield United in half the amount of matches.

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