Women’s Super League: The top 8 biggest wins in history

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Chelsea went top of the Women’s Super League yesterday after thrashing Leicester City 9-0 at the King Power stadium. 

The result comes just a month after the Blues beat the Foxes 7-0 in the fifth round of the FA Cup and ensures that a third successive league title is now in their hands. 

It was a crushing victory from Emma Hayes’ side and one that looked as though it could break the record for the biggest ever margin of victory in a WSL game at one stage. 

But in the end, Lydia Bedford’s side were spared the embarrassment of a landmark defeat, despite being humbled by a rampant Chelsa team. 

Nonetheless, this seems the perfect time to cast our minds back to some of the great routs of the past and take a look at some of the biggest victories in WSL history. 

We’ve gone through the record books and found the top eight hammerings of all time. Unsurprisingly, there are some familiar teams that feature:

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Chelsea 7-0 Liverpool 

In 2017, Chelsea played Liverpool during the Spring Series of the WSL. 

The game emphasised the gulf in class between the Blues and a Liverpool team that had begun to fade away from the league’s leading teams. 

Emma Hayes’ side struck seven goals in total, and many of the scorers that day are still vital members of the Chelsea squad today. 

Indeed, Fran Kirby, Ji So-yun, Maren Mjelde, Erin Cuthbert and Drew Spence all got on the scoresheet. 

Chelsea went on to win the Spring Series on goal difference, ahead of Man City. 

Man City 8-1 Bristol City 

In November 2020, Man City thrashed a depleted Bristol City side 8-1 in a controversial WSL tie. 

Former Bristol boss Tanya Oxtoby had five of her players missing because of Covid-19 and wanted the game to be postponed because of safety concerns. 

But the FA ruled that the club had enough players to compete and that the match against City would go ahead. 

In the end, Ellen White scored two, as Janine Beckie, Laura Coombs, Keira Walsh, Lucy Bronze and Georgia Stanway also got on the scoresheet. 

Liverpool 8-0 Yeovil 

For the most part, Liverpool were a mid-table side in the 2017/18 campaign. 

However, they still had more than enough firepower to thrash Yeovil 8-0, with Beth England scoring four in the space of half an hour. 

England was on loan from Chelsea at the time and has since proven herself as one of the league’s most prolific strikers. 

Yeovil ended the season with no wins and just two points, though they avoided relegation based on the league’s restructure to 11 teams. 

Yeovil 0-8 Chelsea

If the 2017/18 campaign was bad, the 2018/19 season was even worse for Yeovil, who entered administration and were relegated from the division on -3 points. 

To make matters worse, the team suffered some heavy defeats along the way, including a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of eventual league winners Arsenal. 

Their heaviest defeat came against Chelsea, however, who annihilated the Glovers 8-0. 

After the season was over, Yeovil were denied an operating licence for the Championship and have since merged with men’s club Bridgwater Town, forming Bridgwater United. 

Doncaster Rovers Belles 0-9 Liverpool 

The Reds’ biggest victory ever came against Doncaster in 2013.

Liverpool took full advantage of having an extra player as Victoria Williams was sent off for Doncaster, with Fara Williams scoring a sublime effort from outside the box. 

That same year, Liverpool went on to win the league. 

Chelsea 9-0 Bristol City

2020-21 proved to be a tough season for Bristol, who were ultimately relegated to the Championship. 

In truth, their match against Chelsea was a complete mismatch as the eventual champions registered nine different scorers on course to a 9-0 win. 

Pernille Harder’s exquisite backheel was the pick of the strikes, while Sam Kerr scored the first of her 21 goals last season. 

Leicester 0-9 Chelsea

Leicester City have already surpassed expectations this season and look almost certain to stay in the WSL but they were still no match for Emma Hayes’ side on Sunday. 

Chelsea became the first team to score three goals in the opening 10 minutes of a WSL match, with Guro Reiten, Kerr and England all on target. 

All three players then notched second goals, as Aniek Nouwen, Lauren James and Jessie Fleming completed the rout. 

The Blues are now one point clear of Arsenal at the top of the WSL with five games of the season remaining. 

Arsenal 11-1 Bristol City

The Gunners remain the only side to ever register double-figures in a WSL game as they scored 11 against Bristol City. 

Vivianne Miedema scored six times and registered four assists to secure the record for the most goal involvements in a single game. 

The Dutch star’s performance was heralded as one of the greatest individual performances of any player in history. 

Jordan Nobbs, Leah Williamson, Lisa Evans and Emma Mitchell also got on the scoresheet, while Yana Daniels notched a consolation goal for the visitors.

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