The 10 biggest Premier League wins

Friday nights game between Southampton and Leicester at St Mary’s will go down in history as Leicester broke the record for the biggest away victory in Premier League history as well as equalling the record for the biggest Premier League victory thanks to their 9-0 demolition of Southampton. The game got us thinking about the other big wins in Premier League history and we decided to go through and give a brief explanation of the top 10.

8=. Nottingham Forest 1-8 Manchester United 1999

Looking at the final score, you’d be surprised to hear that Manchester United were only leading 2-1 at half-time when they faced Nottingham Forest at the City Ground back in 1999 thanks to goals from Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole. It was “only” 4-1 to united with 10 minuted remaining with both Yorke and Cole scoring their second of the game, then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first (and to this day the only) substitute to score 4 goals in a Premier League game to give United an 8-1 win over Forest, which at the time was the biggest Premier League victory in history.

8=. Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City 2008

The final nail in the coffin for former Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson was his sides humiliating defeat to the hands of Middlesbrough during the final day of the 07/08 season. An Alfonso Alves hat-trick, a Stewart Downing brace as well as goals from Adam Johnson, Fabio Rochemback and Jeremie Aliadiere gave Gareth Southgate’s Middlesbrough an emphatic win and a 13th place finish. The defeat was Eriksson’s final game in charge at City after the result left them 9th in the league.

4=. Newcastle 8-0 Sheffield Wednesday 1999

Bobby Robson’s first game as Newcastle manager at St James’ Park is one for the history books as his side recorded an historic 8-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. Historic not just for one reason, as the result was the biggest Premier League victory at the time, and Alan Shearer became the second player to score 5 goals in a Premier League game. Additional goals from Gary Speed, Kieron Dyer and Aaron Hughes gave Newcastle their first win of the 99/00 season who went on to finish 11th.

4=. Chelsea 8-0 Wigan 2010

With a victory sealing them their first Premier League title since 2006, Chelsea left nothing to fate when they faced Wigan at Stamford Bridge for the final game of the 09/10 season. A Didier Drogba hat-trick, a Nicolas Anelka brace as well as goals from Salomon Kalou, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole gave Chelsea an 8-0 win over Wigan and brought the Premier League trophy to Stamford Bridge. As well as helping them win the title, the game meant that Chelsea became the first side in English history to score 7 or more goals in 4 games during a single season, as well as becoming the first Premier League team to score 100 goals in a single season, with their final tally being 103.

4=. Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa 2012

Staying with Chelsea, when Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa faced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge during the 12/13 season they suffered their biggest Premier League defeat when they lost 8-0, and to be honest it could’ve been even worse for Villa if Brad Guzan didn’t save an 89th minute penalty. A 3 minute opener from Fernando Torres set the tone for what would be a dominant performance from Chelsea, with goals from David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic making it 3-0 before half-time. Goals from Frank Lampard, Ramires, Oscar and Eden Hazard sealed of the emphatic victory for Chelsea and give them their joint highest Premier League victory.

4=. Southampton 8-0 Sunderland 2014

Our 4th 8-0 result sees us go back to the 14/15 season where Ronald Koeman’s Southampton embarrassed Gus Poyet’s Sunderland 8-0 at St Mary’s. Southampton took the lead after 12 minutes thanks to the first of 3 Sunderland own goals before Graziano Pele and Jack Cork made it 3-0 before half-time. Southampton maintained their intensity during the second half leading to Liam Bridcutt scoring an own goal after 63 minutes. Pele grabbed his brace 6 minutes later and 2 goals in 2 minutes from Dusan Tadic and Victor Wanyama added to Sunderland’s misery before Patrick Van Aanholt scored the third Sunderland own goal to seal a 8-0 victory for the Saints.

4=. Manchester City 8-0 Watford 2019

The first of 2 19/20 fixtures on this list looks at Manchester City’s 8-0 deconstruction of Watford during gameweek 6. It took City only 1 minute to get their first after David Silva’s opener, with goals from Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Nicolas Otamendi putting City 5-0 up before half-time. It looked almost certain that City would reach double fixtures or at the very least equal the record for the biggest Premier League win. Unfortunately for City, they weren’t able to do either as they were only able to score 3 goals in the second half thanks to Kevin De Bruyne goal and Bernardo Silva who sealed his hat-trick.

3. Tottenham 9-1 Wigan 2009

The 09/10 season was historic for Tottenham as it saw them qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1962 (when it was referred to as the European Cup) as well as becoming the second club to score 9 goals in a Premier League game thanks to their 9-1 victory over Wigan at White Hart Lane. It’s difficult to believe that Tottenham were only leading 1-0 at half time thanks to a goal from Peter Crouch, but 4 Jermain Defoe goals within 18 minutes as well as a goal from Aaron Lennon gave Tottenham a 6-1 lead with 21 minutes left. In the 88th minute Defo became the third player to score 5 goals in a Premier League game and an own goal from Chris Kirkland and an injury time goal from Niko Kranjcar sealed an emphatic win for Tottenham and a miserable night for Wigan.

1=. Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich 1995

In joint first place is Manchester United’s 9-0 victory over Ipswich during the 94/95 season, and until last Friday, was the biggest biggest victory in Premier League history. For the third time in this list we’re mentioning a player to score 5 goals in a Premier League game, but when Andy Cole scored 5 in United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich, he became the first player to do. Goal from Roy Keane, Mark Hughes and Paul Ince sealed the historic win for United by becoming the first Premier League side to score 9 goals in a game and giving them the biggest victory in the history of the Premier League.

1=. Southampton 0-9 Leicester 2019

Going into Friday's clash with Southampton Leicester were on brilliant form having won 5 of their opening 9 Premier League games, including a 5-0 win over Newcastle, but nobody could’ve predicted what would happen at St Mary’s. Ben Chilwell got the Foxes off to a great start after his goal goal after 10 minutes and things got even worse for Southampton after a VAR review awarded Ryan Bertrand a red card 2 minutes later. Goals from Youri Tielemans, Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy gave Leiester a 5-0 lead going into half-time and it looked clear that Brendan Rodgers wanted more goals from his side. Ayoze Perez sealed his hat-trick 12 minutes into the second half with Jamie Vardy scoring his second of the game 1 minute later. James Maddison’s brilliant free-kick with 5 minutes to go added to Southampton’s misery before Leicester were awarded a penalty which allowed Jamie Vardy to score his third and Leicester’s ninth with the last kick of the game. A wonderful tribute to former Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as the game was Leicester’s nearest fixture to the 1 year anniversary of his death.

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