Premier League supporters prefer title glory over 2018 World Cup win

Premier League supporters prefer title glory over 2018 World Cup win


#ClubvCountry survey shows 63% of top flight fans happier to be kings of England than world champions

  • Burnley (88%), Watford (79%) and Huddersfield (74%) fans show most club over country support of those in Premier League
  • Chelsea fans showed most national team support with 58% admitting they’d prefer England to win World Cup over the Blues lifting Premier League trophy
  • Chelsea (58%), Arsenal (54%), and Newcastle (54%) fans are the only majority Premier League supporters who would pick national team glory over club success
  • North versus South: 66 % of northern football supporters would choose club over country compared to 61% of southern fans

London, 10th August 2017 – Research by has revealed that 63% of fans of English Premier League teams would choose title-winning success over a World Cup win for their national team.

With the Premier League season set to kick off on Friday, and World Cup 2018 less than a year away, almost two thirds of fans would prefer to see their club lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the season over England or Wales lifting the World Cup in Russia.

Burnley finished top of fans who would prefer club success, after 88% of Clarets followers admitted they would rather see the Premier League trophy at Turf Moor than Gareth Southgate’s men returning with the World Cup next year.

Watford fans were second, with 79% of supporters choosing club over country. Huddersfield rounded off the top three, with only 26% of fans choosing England success over club triumph.

Chelsea and Arsenal supporters topped the list of fans who would prefer national team glory according to the survey conducted by leading research company Opinium, which involved 1,000 Premier League supporters across the country.

Of the Blues fans surveyed, 58% said they would choose an England World Cup win over a second successive Premier League title. Perhaps more surprising is that 54% of Gunners fans would rather see England lift the coveted World Cup trophy, despite their team not winning the Premier League since 2004.

Aaron O’Sullivan, Head of Marketing (Digital) at Grosvenor Casinos, said: “The ‘club versus country’ debate has always sparked healthy discussion among football fans. Despite this season culminating in a World Cup tournament, it’s clear most Premier League supporters want their club to triumph over their country.

“England’s last big celebration came over half a century ago, however all of those years of hurt seem to have caught up on football fans and the survey shows expectation and support for the national team is low compared to backing for club teams.”

North versus south

The north versus south debate has also been settled, with northern fans claiming the rights to having more passionate club fans. The northern clubs came out on top with 66% saying they would rather see their team win over England, compared to 61% of southern based club supporters in the Premier League.


Of the London clubs, West Ham showed least support for the national team, after only one third said they’d rather see World Cup glory over a Hammers league win. West Ham fans often laud the England World Cup winning team of 1966, which featured captain Bobby Moore, hat-trick scorer Sir Geoff Hurst and defender Martin Peters.


Elsewhere, in Manchester, City fans may have reason to shout about being the most passionate club supporters in the city – 73% would rather see Pep Guardiola’s men win the league over England winning the World Cup, compared to 60% of United fans who picked club over country.

Would you rather your club win the Premier League or England win the World Cup? Club  Country
Burnley 88% 12%
Watford 79% 21%
Huddersfield 74% 26%
Manchester City 73% 27%
Stoke 70% 30%
Bournemouth 70% 30%
Everton 67% 33%
West Ham 67% 33%
Tottenham Hotspur 65% 35%
Liverpool 65% 35%
West Bromwich Albion 63% 37%
Crystal Palace 61% 39%
Manchester United 60% 40%
Swansea 60% 40%
Southampton 59% 41%
Leicester City 58% 42%
Brighton & Hove Albion 56% 44%
Newcastle United 46% 54%
Arsenal 44% 56%
Chelsea 42% 58%
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