The 2012/13 Premier League season is drawing to a conclusion, with Manchester United having already crossed the finish line four games before the end of the campaign.
Although the football fans have not been treated by a last day stoppage time drama like the previous term, a couple of major upsets were there to leave them shell-shocked. Here we rate the top five upsets of the ongoing season.
5. Tottenham Hotspur 0 : 1 Wigan Athletic
Back in November, Andre Villas Boas’ men hosted relegation strugglers Wigan Athletic at White Hart Lane, as they looked to consolidate their status as the top-four challengers. Having come into the match on the back of five league wins in six matches, the fixture appeared on paper as a loop-sided one as the Latics had not too many points or history at Tottenham to show far.
However, what transpired on the day was surely not on the cards. Despite playing at home, the North London outfit were totally outplayed by the visitors who chalked out a stunning 1-0 win courtesy a Ben Watson goal just after the halftime break. Though AVB would have been gutted with the result, deep down he must have taken a sigh a relief as the final scoreline could have presented a far uglier picture had the Latics made the most of their chances.
After the end of the game, the Spurs were jeered and booed by their own fans and perhaps rightly so. If the Londoners lose out on the Champions League places, there will definitely be reminiscences amongst some fans of how costly the Wigan loss had proved out to be.
4. Southampton 3 : 1 Manchester City
City’s shocking 3-1 hammering by Saints in February perhaps landed the fatal blow to the Eastlanders bid to successfully defend their league crown. With Manchester United having already opened up a nine-point lead at the table’s summit, it was a must-win situation for City to stay in contention for the title.
Southampton had others plans though. In an epic display of fast pressing game and whirlwind attacking, the home team quickly took a two-goal lead through Jason Puncheon and Steven Davis. An Edin Dzeko goal at the stroke of halftime threatened a City comeback, but a farcical own goal from Gareth Barry just after the restart sealed a dismal night for the former champions who all but handed the title to United on that day.
3. Norwich City 1 : 0 Manchester United
The Canaries might still be fighting for survival in the closing stages of the campaign, but would surely be proud on being only one of the four teams to have beaten Manchester United this season. Furthermore, the Red Devil’s 1-0 defeat back in November at the Carrow Road was only one out of the two times so far that they failed to score a goal in a league game in the running term.
An Anthony Pilkington strike in the 60th minute set the stadium alight with the fans experiencing an anxious closing spell, but saw their side weather a flurry of attacks from United and eventually cross the finish line by the skin of their teeth.
2. Liverpool 1 : 3 Aston Villa
Springing up surprises, mostly unpleasant, for the fans has been a prominent feature of Liverpool’s current campaign. The biggest of such surprises occurred on the 15th of December at Anfield when the Reds fans were looking at an appalling 3-0 scoreline just at the start of the second half.
Despite dominating the possession and dictating the play, Brendan Rodgers’ unit were abundantly guilty of profligacy and were punished by the Villans in a classic display of counter-attacking football. Christian Benteke was the primary source of misery for the hosts, firing a brace and also setting up a goal for Andreas Weimann.
A late Steven Gerrard goal proved to be nothing more than a dull consolation for a team who will be vying to stop a repeat of such upsets to bolster their top-four credentials next season.
1. Chelsea 0 : 1 Queens Park Rangers
If the Chelsea fans were expecting a New Year gift from their team, this was definitely not it. Riding on an impressive four-match winning streak, the Blues were stunned 1-0 via a late Shaun Wright Philips goal which halted their title charge but rekindled the Rangers top-flight survival hopes.
All in all, Chelsea peppered the QPR goal with 26 shots but managed only two on target. It was just the Blues second home defeat of the season and in sharp contrast, QPR’s second of the campaign. Hence, this upset tops our list.
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