West Ham fans will be a whirl. First of all, Dimitri Payet gets sidelined for three months, severely impacting on the Hammers’ chances of a sustained run.

Now a new league table emerges with the east London team way down the list, beneath Leeds, Wolves, Nottingham Forest and QPR. What is this, the 1980s?

Never fear (unless you’re a sofa fan), our latest set of soccer stats is just the number of appearances on TV by the top club.

West Ham have a measly seven, a full eight games fewer than table-toppers Arsenal with 15.

It is a subject that provokes heated opinions. FC United of Manchester fans staged a first half protest during their FA Cup first round tie with Chesterfield after the game was moved to Monday night for television coverage.

The club’s fans aren’t the only ones unhappy with fixtures being moved for television coverage.

Leeds United supporters made their frustrations with Sky known during their recent televised match with Blackburn Rovers which had been moved from a Saturday to a Thursday night.

Leeds and Derby are the most televised teams outside of the Premier League.

Both clubs will have had 10 matches in all domestic competitions shown live by January 3 – more than 12 Premier League sides.

For those who want to plan their TV diary around West Ham fixtures, there are slim pickings in the Premier League in the next couple of months. the run-in starts on Sunday with the east Londoners heading to north London for an encounter with Spurs (Sky).

Then comes:

  • Sunday, November 29: West Ham v West Brom (Sky)
  • Sunday, December 20: Swansea City v West Ham (Sky)
  • Saturday, January 2: West Ham v Liverpool (BT)

Televised live

Domestic English games to be shown on live TV by January 3

Arsenal | 15

Liverpool | 14

Chelsea | 14

Everton | 13

Tottenham | 12

Man Utd | 12

Man City | 12

Newcastle | 11

Leeds United | 10

Derby County | 10

Wolves | 9

Nottingham Forest | 9

QPR | 8

West Ham | 7

Southampton | 7

Middlesbrough | 7

Crystal Palace | 7

Aston Villa | 7

Stoke | 6

Sheff Wed | 6

Hull City | 6

Burnley | 6

Bournemouth | 6

Blackburn Rovers | 6

Birmingham City | 6

West Brom | 5

Watford | 5

Sunderland | 5

Ipswich Town | 5

Brighton | 5