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Best Premier League Matches Ever – Top 25 Games

18. West Ham 3-4 Tottenham Hotspur (March 2007)

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West Ham were battling relegation when Spurs visited Upton park in March 2007. A Mark Noble strike and a Carlos Tevez free-kick put West Ham in control before Jermain Defoe scored a penalty after Lee Bowyer fouled Aaron Lennon.

Teemu Tainio volleyed Spurs level from Lennon’s audacious flick. However, Bobby Zamora gave West Ham the lead once again as the game entered its final minute of normal time. However, Dimitar Berbatov scored an excellent free-kick in the final minute. The drama wasn’t over and a Spurs counterattack led to substitute defender Paul Stalteri to grab a winner in injury time.

17. Leeds 4-3 Liverpool (Nov 2000)

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Mark Viduka was one of those number nines who could have played for any of the top four teams. He was that big player who had the touch, the finishing ability and the calm persona.

Liverpool went 2-0 up, then 3-2 up, before Mark Viduka decided it was best to just play them on his own, having already scored twice.

He went on to score two more in what was one of the greatest individual goalscoring performances the Premier League has ever seen.

16. Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal (March 2014)

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Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal turned out to be an occasion to forget for the Frenchman as his team were crushed by rivals Chelsea.

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 an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handball all but finished the match as a contest. Oscar scored twice before Mohamed Salah inflicted more pain on the Gunners, making it 6-0 in favour of Chelsea.

15. Everton 3-2 Wimbledon (May 1994)

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In this game, Everton pulled off a historical come-back to escape relegation. The Blues needed to win in order to survive relegation.

Holding up “Good Luck Blues!” posters, Everton fans’ hearts quickly sank as Everton fell 2-0 to Wimbledon within 20 minutes of the first half. However, there was hope when Limpar was hacked down to the ground and Everton got a penalty, Stuart scored which was vital.

In the second half and with less than 25 minutes left, Barry Horne scored a wonder goal as Everton were back in the game. Everton were getting closer and they got it with 9 minutes left, Graham Stuart got the goal and Everton stayed up. They finished the season in 17th position.

14. Portsmouth 7-4 Reading (Sep 2007)

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Two Benjani goals had the home side, Portsmouth, leading 2–0 before Stephen Hunt struck on the stroke of half-time and David James then gifted Dave Kitson an equaliser, making the score 2-2.

Herman Hreidarsson restored Portsmouth’s lead, while James kept the lead intact by saving Nicky Shorey’s penalty.

Benjani restored the two-goal lead and Niko Kranjcar, Sean Davis (later credited to Ivar Ingimarsson via a huge deflection) and Sulley Muntari sealed the victory, with Shane Long responding between that and a deflected Nicky Shorey strike was the final goal (this was also later credited as an own goal by Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell). With nine different scorers, the match also holds the record for the most goal scorers in a Premier League match.

13. Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool (Jan 2019)

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The quality of football on display at the Etihad Stadium when Man City hosted Liverpool on January 3, 2019, was extraordinary. It was a must-win game for Pep Guardiola’s side and they came out on top in a bruising clash of the two best teams in England.

Liverpool entered the game in the first place and on a 20-game unbeaten run. They were eyeing their first Premier League title and three points would have extended their lead over their toughest title challengers to 10 points.

Liverpool came within 1.12cm of opening the scoring in the first half, with John Stones scrambling to prevent the ball from crossing the line.

Sergio Aguero then put the hosts ahead with a near-post drive just before half-time. But Roberto Firmino made it 1-1 with a stopping header. Man City were in desperate need of a moment of quality and they got it through Leroy Sane, who fired a low strike beyond Alisson Becker with 18 minutes remaining.

12. Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal (Aug 2011)

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Wayne Rooney was United’s inspiration with the sixth hat-trick of his Old Trafford career, but Ashley Young also made his mark with two stunning goals. Danny Welbeck, Nani, and Park Ji-sung were the other scorers for United.

Theo Walcott reduced United’s three-goal advantage on the stroke of half-time but Robin van Persie’s strike late in the second half-represented no measure of consolation for a dispirited, broken Arsenal.

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