Stoke City fans frustrated with their place in the Match Of The Day pecking order may have a valid point.
According to stats from this season’s broadcasts, the Potters’ games were selected to run last on nine occasions – more than anyone else in the Premier League.
Mark Hughes’ men finished the season in ninth place, and the likes of Bojan Krkic and Xherdan Shaqiri have made them a lot more of an entertaining watch than back in the hoof ball days of Tony Pulis.
Speaking of the news stats, Hughes told the Press Association he wasn’t surprised by the stats.
“I think it happens every year, and we have been in the top 10 for three years and still can’t shift that title,” he said.
“Over the course of a season you would expect to be on (high up) so many times, but for whatever reason we get slipped back in the running order.
“But we don’t really bother too much about it – and I think people probably watch other football shows these days anyway, so don’t read too much significance into it.”
It’ll come as no surprise to see that the Premier League champions Leicester City were leading the way in terms of top-billing. Here are the big takeaways from the Match Of The Day stats…
- Stoke City showed last more than anybody else (eight occasions)
- Leicester City showed first out eight times
- Arsenal and Manchester City were never shown last
- Aston Villa and West Brom were never shown first
- Manchester City appeared in the first three games shown more than any other team (21 times)
Better luck in 2016/16, hey Stoke fans?