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More money, more problems: the cost of each Premier League XI makes for interesting reading

Man United are most certainly an overspending underachiever.

League leaders Leicester are bottom of the cost table.
League leaders Leicester are bottom of the cost table.
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MONEY IS NO guarantee of success, particularly this season in the Premier League.

We don’t need a table to tell us Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have all underachieved this campaign but when you see a list of the most expensive starting XIs, their shortcomings are emphasised.

The number crunchers over at Sky Sports have calculated the cost of each of the top-flight teams from last weekend’s set of fixtures and the data makes for interesting reading.

As you would expect, Manchester City had the most expensive starting XI for their game against Tottenham with Manuel Pellegrini’s side costing £233.6 million to assemble.

Their cross-city rivals, United, aren’t far behind while Chelsea’s miserable title defence is highlighted when you look at their spending power.

More incredibly, however, is the unlikely tale of Leicester City – as evidenced by the fact the Foxes’ team for their last outing was the 18th most costly across the league.

And huge credit too must go to Watford and Quique Sánchez Flores for the stellar season they’ve enjoyed with a budget a fraction of the size of the majority of sides in the division.

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