By News Team
Last Updated: 28th October 2020
Deservedly renowned as the most entertaining league in the world, it has played host to so many epic clashes and given the plethora of action-packed encounters, listing them all would be impossible. However, we’ve given it a good go below.
Portsmouth 7-4 Reading – 29/9/2007
Pub quiz fanatics will know all about this winter wonder of a match, which featured the most goals in Premier League history.
With bad defending, moments of attacking brilliance, goalkeeping howlers and refereeing controversy, this was a game that had it all. Pompey led comfortably by two goals to nil for most of the first half, only for Steven Hunt to halve the deficit just before half-time.
The break didn’t halt Reading’s momentum, when a David James blunder allowed Dave Kitson to level up for the Royals. The England international atoned for his error later on in the match with a heroic penalty save shortly after his team had re-gained the lead.
It proved a pivotal moment, as Portsmouth went on to lead 5-2 and ultimately survive a spirited Reading fight-back before the game ended at 7-4.
West Bromwich Albion 5-5 Manchester United – 19/5/2013
Manchester United’s unforgettable trip to the Hawthorns in the spring of 2013 lingers in the memory for two main reasons. The first is the fact that it was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final day in management and anyone watching could see that the legendary Scotsman wanted to end it with a bang. Not for the first time, but certainly for the last, his team followed these instructions to the letter.
This gripping encounter provided a suitable ending to Ferguson’s illustrious tenure, during which the Red Devils became known for their fast-paced and attacking brand of football. A secondary highlight was provided by Romelu Lukaku, who marked the start of a long and successful Premier League career with a hat-trick.
Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal – 28/8/2011
Arguably the most embarrassing defeat in Premier League history, this one will haunt many Gunners fans who endured the displeasure of watching it.
Arsenal went to Old Trafford for another iteration of the league’s longest running managerial rivalry. But if this was Arsene Wenger vs Ferguson, then there can be no doubt as to who emerged on top. Both sides played young teams, although it quickly started to look like men against boys.
Arsenal went into half-time 3-1 down, and their gaffer’s team talk apparently served only to make things worse. The north London outfit went home having lost by eight goals to two.
Spurs 9-1 Wigan Athletic – 22/11/2009
Wigan travelled to White Hart Lane with the hope of coming away with their heads held high but what happened next was another game for the history books as Spurs recorded one of the biggest wins in Premier League history.
Spurs became the first side since Manchester United in 1995 to score nine goals against a side but the standout man on the day was Jermain Defoe who became only the third ever player in Premier League history to score five goals in a single match. Defoe also scored the second fastest hat-trick in Premier League history on what was one of the most crazy days in the league’s history.
It will be a day that will live fondly in the memory of all Spurs fans but it will also most certainly be a day to forget for Latics fans.
Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City – 11/5/2008
In recent times, we have seen Middlesbrough jump from the Premier League to the Championship while Manchester City have crafted themselves into one of the best sides in Europe. And even though these two sides have gone in separate directions over the years, both sets of fans will never forget this historic final day of the season at The Riverside.
A horror start for the Citizens saw Richard Dunne sent off on 15 minutes and the chaos unfolded from there. By the hour mark, Boro were 4-0 up thanks to a brilliant brace from Afonso Alves and by the final whistle, Boro had put eight past a shellshocked Man City.
Spurs 4-5 Arsenal – 13/11/2004
In November 2013, one of the greatest, if not the greatest north London Derby occurred at White Hart Lane.
With the game level 1-1 at half-time, the second half burst into life and a goalfest began. Arsenal scored two quickfire goals before Jermain Defoe pulled one back, but the comeback was short lived as Freddie Ljungberg restored the two-goal lead.
Three late goals from Ledley King, Robert Pires and Freddie Kanoute topped off a phenomenal half of football but Arsenal came out 5-4 winners in a game that will go down as one of the greatest north London derbies ever.