Top five Premier League strike partnerships

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As the SAS partnership of Suarez & Sturridge is causing panic amongst Premier League defences over the international break, I'm going to look back at the Top 5 Premier League Strike Partnerships and see if the SAS are as frightening as everyone thinks.

5. Niall Quinn & Kevin Phillips

The quintessential little and large partnership up front. 6"4' Dubliner Quinn and 5"7' Londoner Phillips or "Quillips", as nobody ever called them notched an unbelievable 44 between them in their debut Premier League season in 1999.

Super Kev got himself the European Golden Boot award thrown in for good measure, as well as featuring in Kevin Keegan's Euro 2000 England setup.

Sunderland missed out on playing in Europe by goal-difference to Aston Villa in a remarkable season for the Black Cats, but it will always be remembered as the Quillips season by all Mackems Wearside.

4. Alan Shearer & Chris Sutton

The original SAS partnership.

A potent strike force offering Sutton's aerial dynamism and link-up play alongside Shearer's (then) sheer pace, clinical finishing and truly world class complete forward play. 

Who dares wins is the SAS' official motto and Kenny Dalglish's Blackburn certainly did that season.

King Kenny dared to break Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United's monopoly of Premier League titles up to that point. Shearer scored 37 to Sutton's 21 as Rovers romped to their only likely Premier League title in 1995.

3. Emile Heskey & Michael Owen

Another little and large strike force; Ivanhoe & Little MO were the perfect partnership for club and country in the early noughties before Spain's brand of tici-tica football ruined (I joke) football.

Those were the days Steven Gerrard could thump a ball 70 yards for Heskey to knock down for Owen to slot home effectively.

A perfect example of their combining prowess was a certain September evening in 2001 at Munich's Olympiastadion, England romped to a 5-1 away victory in the heart of Bavaria thanks to a Michael Owen hat-trick & Emile Heskey goal and assist.

Liverpool also won a cup treble that season, Owen notching 52 times to Heskey's 36.

2. Andy Cole & Dwight Yorke

The main partnership in Fergie's famous 1999 treble winning side.

Not forgetting the impact Ole Gunnar Solskjaer & Teddy Sheringham made that season, the Cole-Yorke combo played far more often and scored far more too.

At United, Cole banged in 121 goals in 275 games, while Yorke managed 66 from 152. Both players complimented each other and were both similarly menacing to defences across the land and the continent.

They were fast, excellent aerially with springy leaps, potent finishers with an instinctive sight for goal. Beckham, Scholes and Keane loaded the bullets while Cole and Yorke fired them away.

1. Thierry Henry & Dennis Bergkamp

The 2003/04 Premier League season saw Arsenal finish the season unbeaten, being the only side to ever do so. 

The Invincibles as they have become known will be not only forever remembered for not losing a single match on their way to the title, but for their style of exciting counter-attacking football.

Arsenal had arguably two of the best players in the Premier League's history up front.

Bergkamp was the architect; his supreme touch and vision, playmaking for the agility, pace and skill of Henry to finish.

The pair played alongside each other for six years, scoring over 200 times between them. The Kings of Highbury are the Premier League's best ever partnership and one of the football's best of all time.

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