The best things about watching football at home are a guaranteed comfy seat, cheap beer – and actually being able to hear the commentary.
A survey of 2,000 football enthusiasts found 45 per cent prefer watching a match from the comfort of their couch rather than live.
And nearly a quarter find it much easier to concentrate on the game if there are no crowd distractions.
Money also plays a big factor, with 65 per cent expecting to watch most of their football at home this upcoming season rather than at stadiums due to the cost-of-living crisis.
And 55 per cent said their favourite thing about watching football at home was the fact it’s cheaper.
Fans also cited other money saving measures such as not having to pay for travel, food and drink at the match.
Other benefits of watching the action at home include not having to queue for toilets (48 per cent), no heads blocking your view (40 per cent) and being able to watch in your PJs (27 per cent).
Unmatched atmospheres
David Bouchier, chief TV & entertainment officer at Virgin Media O2, which commissioned the study, said: “Live sport is something everyone should experience and the atmosphere is unmatched.
“But watching at home still has its benefits, as our research shows, with many finding it as enjoyable and also helps save money.”
The study also found 26 per cent like not having to worry about fighting traffic to get home from a game by watching it from the comfort of their sofa.
And 21 per cent enjoy being able to pause a live match to go to the loo – without the risk of missing a crucial moment.
For 13 per cent of those who support less successful sides, they appreciate being able to simply change the channel if their team isn’t doing so well.
On average, football fans

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