The 10 best Premier League games of the decade have been ranked

Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

The Premier League hasn't failed to deliver in the past 10 years.

Football fans around the world have been treated to many glorious moments and matches that have reminded us just why we love England's top flight so much.

As we count down the days until the start of a new decade, we here at GiveMeSport have decided to remember the matches that delivered so much entertainment.

We've picked the 10 greatest Premier League games of the 2010s and ranked them in order from 10 to 1.

It was hard to reduce the list to just 10 matches and no doubt you won't agree with all of our choices.

The list includes Manchester United's 8-2 win against Arsenal, Liverpool's 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace and more matches that we thoroughly enjoyed watching.

Let's get into it.

10) Tottenham Hotspur 5-3 Chelsea | 2015

New Year’s Day on 2015 delivered a classic between Tottenham and Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

Chelsea arrived in north London top of the Premier League but they were left stunned by a quality display from Harry Kane.

The Spurs striker scored twice and played a role in two more goals as Mauricio Pochettino secured a memorable win over Jose Mourinho.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Premier League

Chelsea went ahead through Diego Costa’s tap-in in the 18th minute but conceded four goals in the space of 22 minutes to trail 4-1.

Tottenham ran wild with Kane leading the way, netting a 20-yard drive to make it 1-1 and going on to win a penalty in first-half injury time which Andros Townsend converted to go 3-1 up.

Kane scored his second goal seven minutes after the restart and things were looking ugly for the Blues.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Premier League

Eden Hazard stopped the rot with half an hour to go but there was to be no thrilling comeback, Nacer Chadli making it 5-2 in the 78th minute.

John Terry grabbed a late consolation goal that left Chelsea joint-top of the table with Manchester City.

9) Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea | 2013

Luis Suarez scored a dramatic late equaliser but this game is remembered more for his bite on Branislav Ivanovic than anything else.

The Uruguayan forward received a 10-match ban for biting the Blues defender in the second half.

The incident was missed by the referee but Ivanovic immediately gestured that he had been bitten.


If it had been spotted, there’s no way Suarez would have been on the pitch to score a 97th-minute equaliser.

Oscar had given Chelsea the lead but Daniel Sturridge levelled shortly after half-time when he tapped in a Suarez cross.

Suarez then conceded a penalty for a handball which Eden Hazard scored from to put Chelsea back in front.

It looked like being the winner but Suarez wasn’t done, guiding in a header from Sturridge’s cross deep into stoppage time.


The image of him celebrating didn’t make the back pages the following day, though. It was the sight of him biting Ivanovic.

It was the second time that Suarez had bitten an opponent in his career and as we discovered at the 2014 World Cup, it wouldn’t be the last.

8) Leicester 5-3 Manchester United | 2014

An action-packed encounter at the King Power Stadium in 2014 saw Man United squander a 3-1 lead to lose 5-3 to Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City.

The Red Devils were 2-0 up thanks to Robin van Persie’s header and an extraordinary chip by Angel Di Maria.

And they were 3-1 up with half an hour remaining after Ander Herrera pounced on a Di Maria shot to score.

But the game turned on its head when Leicester were awarded a controversial penalty shortly after falling 3-1 down.

Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League

Referee Mark Clattenburg allowed Jamie Vardy to barge Rafael outside the box but as their tussle continued into the area, the Brazilian brought Vardy down and the Foxes were awarded a penalty.

David Nugent converted the spot-kick and it was 3-3 less than two minutes later, this time Esteban Cambiasso capitalising on another lapse from Louis van Gaal’s defence.

The Foxes had all the momentum and Vardy put them ahead before Leonardo Ulloa made it 5-3 with a penalty of his own.

7) Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool | 2016

Norwich City and Liverpool delivered a nine-goal thriller in January 2016, with Jurgen Klopp losing his glasses in the Reds’ late celebrations.

The German had watched his side come back from 3-1 down to record a spectacular win, with Adam Lallana causing mayhem on the Liverpool touchline with his winner in the fifth minute of injury time.

Norwich City v Liverpool - Premier League

Norwich thought they had secured a point when Sebastien Bassong made it 4-4 in the 92nd minute.

But if there’s one thing we’ve come to learn about Klopp’s Liverpool, it’s that they can never be counted out.

And when Norwich failed to clear a Liverpool attack, Lallana made them pay by smashing a volley into the ground and beyond Declan Rudd.

Klopp broke his glasses in the ensuing celebrations but he really didn’t care.

6) Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur | 2010

Tottenham staged a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down to defeat Arsenal 3-2, beating their north London rivals away from home for the first time in 17 years.

The Gunners led at half-time thanks to goals from Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh.

They completely outplayed Harry Redknapp’s side in the first 45 minutes but were not ready for what was to come.

Gareth Bale got Spurs back in the tie five minutes after the restart and Rafael van der Vaart levelled the scores from the penalty spot.

Then with five minutes left, Younes Kaboul headed Van der Vaart’s free-kick beyond Lukasz Fabianski to silence the Emirates Stadium crowd.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Nasri refused to shake hands with former Arsenal teammate William Gallas before kick-off, but it was the centre-back who had the last laugh.

5) Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool | 2014

Look away now, Liverpool fans.

The 2-0 defeat at Anfield to Chelsea was a major blow and effectively handed Manchester City the Premier League title.

But eight days later, we saw the collapse of Brendan Rodgers’ side as their dreams came crashing down at Selhurst Park.


Liverpool needed a big win to put the pressure on Man City and to reduce the gap in goal difference to Manuel Pellegrini’s side, and they were on course to do so when they cruised into a 3-0 lead.

Joe Allen scored his first league goal in the first half and strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez put the Reds in total control.

The visiting fans wanted more goals but their defence wilted in the final 10 minutes, allowing Palace to score three goals.

Damien Delaney’s long-range effort deflected beyond Simon Mignolet and the panic set in Liverpool’s players.

The Eagles capitalised to score twice more to leave Liverpool players on their haunches and Suarez in tears.

It was the day the Reds said goodbye to their best-ever chance at winning the Premier League title for the first time.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool - Premier League

4) Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool | 2019

The quality of football on display at the Etihad Stadium when Man City hosted Liverpool on January 3, 2019 was extraordinary.

Liverpool entered the game in first place and on a 20-game unbeaten run. They were eyeing their first Premier League title and three points would have extended their lead over their toughest title challengers to 10 points.

It was a must-win game for Pep Guardiola’s side and they came out on top in a bruising clash of the two best teams in England.

Liverpool came within 1.12cm of opening the scoring in the first half, with John Stones scrambling to prevent the ball from crossing the line.


Sergio Aguero then put the hosts ahead with a near-post drive just before half-time.

But Roberto Firmino made it 1-1 with a stopping header.

Man City were in desperate need of a moment of quality and they got it through Leroy Sane, who fired a low strike beyond Alisson Becker with 18 minutes remaining.

Liverpool fans felt aggrieved that Vincent Kompany escaped with just a yellow card for a reckless lunge on Mohamed Salah in the first half and they were even more upset when Man City went on to replace them at the summit of the table and fend them off until the end.

Liverpool v Manchester City - Premier League

3) Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal | 2011

Arsenal hit rock-bottom when they went to Old Trafford on August 28, 2011 and were destroyed 8-2.

They had a player sent off, allowed Ashley Young to score twice and suffered their worst defeat since 1896. It was embarrassing.

Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League

The Red Devils were only 3-1 up at half-time but smashed five goals in after the restart to poor misery on Arsene Wenger and his makeshift side.

The goals didn’t stop coming and we feel for Wojciech Szczesny, who had to keep picking the ball out of his net until Young’s second goal in the 91st minute.

Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side as the Scot got one over his rival in terrific fashion.

Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League

2) Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal | 2011

Newcastle’s comeback against Arsenal in 2011 was simply incredible.

The Gunners were firmly in the Premier League title race at the time and looked to boost their chances of a first title in seven years when they cruised into a 4-0 lead at half-time.

They were 2-0 up after just three minutes and 3-0 up after 10.

When Robin van Persie made it 4-0 after 26 minutes, some Newcastle fans got up and left St James’ Park.

But Newcastle’s spirits were lifted shortly after the restart when Arsenal’s Abou Diaby was shown a red card for pushing Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton.

Newcastle United v Arsenal - Premier League

It was the jolt Alan Pardew’s side needed and Joey Barton pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the 68th minute.

Leon Best then made it 4-2 when he struck from close range with 15 minutes to go and suddenly, Newcastle started to believe.

Barton netted another penalty and the comeback was complete when Cheick Tiote smashed home a stunning volley from distance.

His goal raised the roof; what a spectacular moment.

Sadly, Tiote passed away in 2017. He will remain in Newcastle United folklore, though, for delivering one of the greatest moments in their history.

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1) Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers | 2012

Coming in at number one in our list of the best Premier League games in the 2010s is Man City’s thrilling win over QPR on the final day of the 2011/12 season.

The events that transpired on May 13, 2012 will be spoken about for decades to come.

Sergio Aguero sealed the title for Man City with his dramatic last-second finish but even before that, we were treated to a belting contest.

Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

Pablo Zabaleta gave City the lead in the 39th minute and it looked like Roberto Mancini’s side would cruise to the victory they needed to become champions.

But QPR, whose safety was not yet secured, fought back to level through Djibril Cisse.

Then came Joey Barton’s moment of madness. The QPR midfielder was shown a straight red card after retaliating to a tangle with Carlos Tevez and then kicking out at Aguero as he was dragged off the pitch.

Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

But despite going down to 10 men, QPR managed to go ahead through Jamie Mackie’s diving header in the 66th minute.

With Man United leading against Sunderland, Man City needed to score twice.

They got back on level terms through Edin Dzeko’s goal in the 92nd minute but still needed one more goal.

And then Balotelli put Aguero through, and rest is history.

Martin Tyler’s scream of ‘AGUEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO’ captured the moment perfectly.

What. A. Game.

We have the Premier League and its players to thank for these brilliant matches.

From Newcastle's amazing fightback to Man United embarrassing Arsenal at Old Trafford, we've been treated to some magnificent spectacles.

We've seen thrilling comebacks, terrible collapses, routs and high-scoring affairs. It's why we keep coming back for more.

Here's to more of the same in next 10 years.

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