Aston Villa’s 7-2 victory over champions Liverpool on Sunday, October 4 was a result nobody on Earth saw coming. It was the first time in a Premier League era that any reigning champions conceded seven goals at once.
The shocker came on the same day that Tottenham Hotspur recorded their biggest win over Manchester United at Old Trafford with a 6-1 victory, a match that also saw United forward Anthony Martial sent off.
But where do both matches rank among the results that shook the footballing world? 254news.co.ke takes a look back at the most famous Premier League scorelines:
Southampton 0-9 Leicester City (October 25, 2019)
It was the result that ignited Leicester’s sensational season. Jamie Vardy registered a hat-trick at St Mary’s (matching teammate Ayoze Perez) to complete an unbelievable 9-0 rout which is the biggest win by a visiting side in league history.
Manchester City 8-0 Watford (September 21, 2019)
City were in no mood to play when Watford visited following their recent loss at Norwich City, but no one could have foreseen the damage they would inflict on a low on confidence Hornets side, the defending Premier League champions raced into a 5-0 lead after just 18 minutes – a league record – before striking three more times in the second half.
2008: Middlesbrough 8-1 Man City
2019: Man City 8-0 Watford
Manchester City are the first team in the Premier League era to both score and concede 8 goals in a single game. pic.twitter.com/C3xwch51I1
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 21, 2019
Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea (February 10, 2019)
February 10 will be remembered as the darkest day for Chelsea fans across the world.
Before the appointment of Lampard, Maurizio Sarri had been expected to be at Stamford Bridge for the long haul. However, indifferent results and performances midway through the 2018/19 season put his future into serious jeopardy, and matters weren’t helped when Manchester City ruthlessly brushed them aside 6-0, their worst league defeat since Nottingham Forest thumped them 7-0 in April 1991.
Sergio Aguero netted his second consecutive hat trick following his efforts against Arsenal the previous weekend.
Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal (March 22, 2014)
Chelsea’s best result against Arsenal came on Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of the club, with the Blues sweeping aside the Gunners, who were down to 10 men, in cruel fashion.
Arsenal were two behind after seven minutes, with first Samuel Eto’o and then Andre Schurrle benefiting from clinical Chelsea counter-attacking.
Eden Hazard’s penalty after a Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handball all but finished the match as a contest.
Oscar scored twice before Mohamed Salah inflicted more pain on the Gunners.
Substitute Salah’s strike completed a miserable afternoon for the visitors, who appeared to have the wrong player sent off when Kieran Gibbs was dismissed following Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-half handball.
It was Jose Mourinho’s biggest Premier League victory as Chelsea manager and also the first time in Chelsea’s history that they have scored six times against their London rivals.
Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal (August 28, 2011)
The last decade of Wenger’s tenure was a far cry from the glory days when Arsenal were among the most-feared teams in England; a combination of questionable transfer practices coupled with others strengthening eventually saw the Gunners leaving the room and watching from the outside.
Their lowest moment came at feared rivals Manchester United who spanked them 8-2 in a bewildering game that began the early calls for the Frenchman’s resignation. Robin van Persie, who scored one of the Gunners consolation goals, would leave for the Red Devils the following summer compounding further misery on the north London side.
It remains the most commonly discussed result among Manchester United and Arsenal fans in the country.
Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City (October 23, 2011)
Amid Sir Alex Ferguson’s most memorable victory against Arsenal, there were days he would be on the back end of nasty defeats. But few were more jarring than against the noisy neighbours.
Manchester City showed up one Sunday afternoon in October 2011 at Old Trafford and left with the mother of all bragging rights, a 6-1 demolition in front of approximately 75,000 fans. Roberto Mancini’s men scored three times after the 88th minute.
Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur (October 4, 2020)
Everyone expected the contest between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United and Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur to be evenly matched. It was added by the fact that Jose Mourinho had never won in his last visits to Premier League clubs he has managed.
The reality was far from it as the Red Devils spilled an early goal lead courtesy of a Bruno Fernandes penalty to be 4-1 down by the stroke of half time.
Harry Kane and Son-Heung Min put Ole Gunnar’s men to the sword, their situation made worse by the sending off of Anthony Martial. United started off their season at home with a 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace and were fortunate to get away with a 3-2 win late on at Brighton and Hove Albion.
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 4, 2020
Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool (October 4, 2020)
Hours later, the defending champions would kick off with a trip to Aston Villa. Fresh off the back of wins against title rivals Chelsea and Arsenal, many expected this to be a smooth sailing for the Reds, but it wasn’t.
Villa’s Jack Grealish scored twice and assisted three times, with Olie Watkins grabbing an unexpected hat trick and ex-Evertonian Ross Barkley scoring against his former rivals…for the second time in 2020 since netting for Chelsea to knock out Liverpool from the FA Cup in March.
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 4, 2020
Liverpool’s only heaviest defeat was against Stoke City in 2015, a 6-1 mauling on Steven Gerrard’s final game. But what makes the 7-2 scoreline more jarring was that this was a squad with Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Djik, Joe Gomez, Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
In short, this wasn’t meant to happen.