The English Premier League is unarguably the best football league in the world. Like the World Cup, millions of fans See the Premier League and witness some of the unluckiest moments for teams. So, today, we’ll talk about the top 10 biggest upsets in Premier League history.
What makes the English Premier League stand out is the quality of managers and players, as well as the drama it serves. When you think about the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte, Erik Ten Hag etc, as managers of some of the best clubs in the English topflight, you’ll always anticipate their teams’ fixtures. Let’s not even talk about superstar players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane, Gabriel Jesus, Erling Harland, Kevin De Bruyne, Mohammed Salah, Thomas Partey, and the likes. In fact, the Premier League is a joy to See, and so it’s appropriate to talk about the biggest upsets.
Top 10 Biggest upsets in Premier League history
10. Watford 3 – 0 Liverpool (2020)
Still buzzing from becoming European Champions in the 2018/2019 Champions League, Liverpool continued their startling form into 2019/2020 Premier League season. And then the Reds’ unbeaten form in the English topflight came to a shocking end at Vicarage Road when relegation-bound Watford took down the red-hot champions. A brace from Ismaila Sarr and another strike from Troy Deeney buried Liverpool 3-0. It was one of the biggest and craziest Premier League upsets in history. Oh wait, Liverpool went ahead to win the league with only three defeats while Watford was pushed down to the EFL.
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9. Hull City 2 – 1 Arsenal (2008)
Hull City pulled a miracle when the team defeated Arsenal away at the Emirates Stadium. The visitors were trailing 1-0 when two goals from Geovanni Cousin and Daniel Cousin in the second half powered them to an unbelievable victory.
8. Bradford City 1 – 0 Liverpool (2000)
On the last day of the 1999/2000 season, Bradford needed an unlikely win against Champions League-chasing Liverpool to avoid relegation Then defender David Wetherall, scored a 12th-minute goal to keep the dream alive. However, Paul Jewell’s side had to defend the goal for the rest of the game. The resolute Bantams successfully held on to their biggest victory for the season. After the game, Wetherall described the goal as something he would remember for the rest of his life. Meanwhile, Liverpool finished the season in the top four.
7. West Brom 3 – 2 Arsenal (2010)
Newly promoted West Brom produced two of the biggest upsets in the 2009/2010 season. The Baggies first defeated Manchester City in the Carling Cup before dealing with Arsenal four days later. West Brom scored the lead at the Emirates Stadium from Peter Odemwingie’s 50th-minute strike. Two minutes later, Gonzalo Jara doubled the lead and took another advantage of Gunner’s keeper, Manuel Almunia’s clumsiness, to score his second goal of the game. Samir Nasri managed to bag a late brace for the home side, but it was West Brom who took all three points.
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6. Manchester City 6 – 1 Manchester United (2011)
I can hear you say, “na today?” considering the recent Manchester Derby. However, this was 2011, and the Red Devils were still at the top of their game under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. City’s thrashing of United was the worst home defeat for the Red Devils in over 56 years. It was a stark reminder that the Blue side was coming out of the shadows. Braces from Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko and goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva made Ferguson describe the game as his “worst ever day” in management.
5. QPR 1 – 0 Chelsea (2013)
Talk about making your former club regret letting you go. In 2013, Shaun Wright-Phillips scored a second-half goal against his former club that gave Queens Park Rangers (QPR) a massive win against the Blues. The Blues were overwhelming favourites to win and had to endure a heartbreaking upset with QPR’s victory.
4. Crystal Palace 3 – 2 Manchester City (2018)
Like now, Manchester City was a formidable team to beat. Pep Guardiola’s side was gearing up to claim another league title. And then came roaring Crystal Palace, who “spoiled the show” for the eventual Premier League winners. Andros Townsend’s mind-blowing volley from 30-yards helped the Eagles record one of their most famous-ever Premier League victories.
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3. Sunderland 3 – 0 Chelsea (2010)
Reigning champions Chelsea were cruising on top of the Premier League table when Sunderland showed up. Obviously, the underdogs were not in form as Danny Welbeck and Asamoah Gyan netted in a famous Sunderland away victory. The Blues ended up second in the league that season and poor Carlo Ancelotti lost his job in the process.
2. Leicester City 5 – 3 Manchester United (2014)
Manchester United’s trip to the King Power stadium in 2014 will continue to live long in the memory of United fans for the wrong reason. The fixture seemed to be a straightforward one. Everyone expected the Red Devils to win, and indeed, it started that way with Angel Di Maria putting Van Gaal’s men in front. By the end of the first half, United were 2-0 in control.
Then everything fell apart in the second half when Esteban Cambiasso scored the first goal for the Foxes. Jamie Vardy, David Nugent, and a brace from Leonardo Ulloa powered Leicester to an unbelievable 5-3 win, while Ander Herrera managed to bag United’s third goal. To rub insult to injury, Tyler Blackett was sent off with a red card. The home side eventually secured their place in the Premier League under former manager Nigel Pearson.
1. Southampton 6-3 Manchester United (1996)
Chai! Man United have really suffered. The Red Devils were normally not always on the receiving end of two big losses in a row. After a 5-0 hammering by Newcastle, Sir Alex Fergusson’s squad were expected to make a groundbreaking comeback by firmly defeating the underdogs. Instead, the Saints upset the odds and took an early lead after Keane was sent off in the first half. Things rapidly went downward for United as Southampton found the back of the net three times in 10 minutes. It was an upsetting and humbling moment for Man United, one they will never forget in a hurry.
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