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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Which Premier League team has the best record in televised games this season?

Odion Ighalo and Watford have not fared well when on live television
Odion Ighalo and Watford have not fared well when on live television

The old adage from pessimistic supporters is that their team never wins when they are on the television - but just how would the Barclays Premier League table look if only games screened live counted?

For Watford fans, being on the box has certainly been a curse this year. The Hornets sit seventh after an impressive first 16 games back in the top flight, yet none of their 25 points have been accrued in a live televised game, with home defeats to Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Manchester United all coming in front of the live cameras.

Manchester City fans would also probably prefer more of their games to be left off TV. Manuel Pellegrini's side have only lost four of their league fixtures and each one - to West Ham, Tottenham, Liverpool and Stoke - has been shown on television.

In a table consisting of results of TV games only, Watford would prop up the division and would be joined in the bottom three by Aston Villa and West Brom, both of whom have just one point from five contests.

City would be languishing in seventh, 10 points behind table-topping Arsenal, who have accumulated 21 points from their 11 fixtures shown live so far, while Newcastle's recent resurgence has also come under the camera's glare.

Fourteen of the Magpies' 16 points have come in clashes shown on either BT Sport or Sky Sports with each of their victories against Norwich, Bournemouth, Liverpool and Tottenham, and the draws with Manchester United and Chelsea coming in front of a wider audience.

Newcastle sit in sixth, trailing five teams - Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, Everton and Liverpool, who have each had 10 or more games screened live, but none of that quintet have been on TV as often as Chelsea this term.

Only four of the Blues' 16 contests have not been televised and Jose Mourinho's men have managed to return nine points from 12 games, the same total Stoke have garnered in only four matches.

Both of them sit above actual leaders Leicester, though, as their ascent to the division's summit is a top-flight revolution that has barely been televised so far.

The Foxes, like Watford and Swansea, have only appeared in three live games, although they are the only club with an unbeaten record having defeated Aston Villa and Chelsea and drawn with Manchester United.

There is sure to be plenty of coverage due Leicester's way when the next batch of TV contests are announced, when Watford fans might want to hide their remotes.

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