Five of the biggest upset in Premier League history

Liverpool suffered one of the biggest shock defeats the Premier League has ever seen on Saturday evening, succumbing to a spiritless 3-0 loss away to Nigel Pearson’s Watford. 

Bringing a harsh end to the Reds’ dreams of only the second ever unbeaten season, the result will no doubt go down in Premier League history as one of the biggest ever shocks.

As Liverpool’s fans are left questioning how the game went so wrong, however, we take a look back at some of the other shock results that have left fans all around the country scratching their heads.

Leicester City 5 – 3 Manchester United – September 2014

Starting with a game that will live long in the memory of Manchester United fans – but for all the wrong reasons – United’s trip to the King Power stadium in 2014 seemed a straightforward affair. 

The top four-chasing United’s team was filled with superstars, boasting a front four of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria, and Juan Mata – a combined £150 million worth of talent. 

Leicester on the other hand were languishing firmly in the bottom half of the table, with a potential relegation at the end of the season looming large.

All seemed to be going to plan when goals from van Persie and Di Maria put United firmly in control, but fans watched on with disbelief as Van Gaal’s United fell apart in the second half. 

Esteban Cambiasso led the charge for the revitalised Foxes, as goals from the Inter Milan legend, Jamie Vardy, David Nugent, and a brace from Leonardo Ulloa powered Leicester to an unbelievable 5-3 win – Ander Herrera bagging United’s third. 

A late Tyler Blackett red card for United added further insult to injury for the visitors, whilst the result for the home side helped set them on their way to an amazing escape from relegation under former manager Nigel Pearson. 

Manchester City 2 – 3 Crystal Palace – December 2018

A game as famous for a certain goal scored by one Andros Townsend, as it was for the context behind the result, Manchester City saw their 100% home record come to an end in stunning fashion. 

Ilkay Gundogan had given the title-chasing City an early lead in their festive affair, before Jeffrey Schlupp hammered home a low equaliser. 

Barely two more minutes had passed however, when Andros Townsend volleyed home one of the greatest goals the League has ever seen – thundering in a sumptuous 30-yard volley that left both sets of fans in utter disbelief. 

Crystal Palace would eventually grab another goal, and hold off a late City fightback to claim a priceless 3-2 win.

The Citizens would eventually march on to the Premier League title that season nonetheless, beating Liverpool by a single point at the top of the table – earning 98 points to Liverpool’s 97. 

Chelsea 0 – 3 Sunderland – November 2010

Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea were flying high at the top of the table in November of 2010, and a home game against strugglers Sunderland seemed a guaranteed three points. 

Steve Bruce had other plans however, as did defender Nedum Onuoha, who powered past three Chelsea opponents to slot home for the opening goal. 

Despite Chelsea’s team boasting the likes of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Ashley Cole, Ramires and Yuri Zhirkov to name but a few, the hosts could not break down a stubborn Sunderland side, who held firm for the remainder of the first half. 

If the visitors had any nerves coming into the second 45 minutes, however, it certainly didn’t show – as Asamoah Gyan finished clinically from a Jordan Henderson pass to stretch their shock lead. 

On-loan Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck added further gloss to the win in the 87th minute, latching on to a tame Cole back pass to slot past Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal. 

Sunderland would eventually finish tenth in the Premier League table, whilst the Blues would finish nine points off Manchester United in the race for the title, with Ancelotti losing his job as a result. 

Bradford City 1 – 0 Liverpool – May 2000

On the last day of the season in the 1999/2000 season, Premier League minnows Bradford needed an unlikely win against Champions League-chasing Liverpool to confirm their stay in the top flight. 

A 12th minute goal from defender David Wetherall, however, kept the unlikely dream alive, although Paul Jewell’s side had to cling on for the following 80 minutes. 

The resolute Bantams however did exactly that, holding on for their biggest result of the season, and sparking delirious celebrations amongst their fans. 

After the game, Wetherall described the goal and the game as ‘something he would remember for the rest of his life’, and there was certainly many fans who shared his feeling. 

Liverpool, meanwhile, managed to hold on to their top-four place, finishing two points ahead of Chelsea in fifth position. 

Arsenal 2 – 3 West Brom – September 2010

Newly-promoted West Brom produced two of the shock results of the season in September of 2010, first triumphing over Manchester City in the Carling Cup, before heading to the Emirates in the league just four days later. 

After a relatively drab first half, the game exploded into life in the 50th minute, when Peter Odemwingie fired the Baggies into the lead. 

Just two minutes later, Gonzalo Jara doubled the visitors lead thanks to some tame ‘keeping from Arsenal shot stopped Manuel Almunia, before grabbing his second goal of the game – again thanks to dismal defending from the Gunners. 

Samir Nasri bagged a late brace for the home side, but Roberto Di Matteo’s side clung on for one of the biggest results in his side’s history.

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