Three of the biggest Premier League wins

Leicester City made Premier League history at the end of last month. The 9-0 crushing of Southampton at St Mary’s means the club now share the record with Manchester United for the biggest win in the top flight. They also broke the record for the biggest away win, which was also held by the Red Devils who beat Nottingham Forest 8-1 in February 1999. Although the Foxes may not have favourable English Premier League winner odds, the demolition of Southampton raised plenty of eyebrows. Let’s take a look back at three of the biggest wins in Premier League history.

  1. 4th March 1995: Manchester United 9-0 Ipswich Town

Fans of the Suffolk club can breathe a sigh of relief that their unwanted record is equalled. Ipswich may now play their football in League One, but the 1994-95 season was their third season in the Premier League. They conceded 93 goals and recorded just seven wins all season, sitting in the relegation zone for the majority of the campaign. They were consequently relegated to the First Division.

The hammering defeat against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side was the second reversal in what became a run of eight losses. During that time, Ipswich scored one goal and conceded 27. The club’s top scorer that season, Claus Thomsen, only netted five goals. The Tractor Boys had beaten United at Portman Road earlier in the season, but Ferguson’s side exacted brutal revenge. The nine-goal margin was the club’s biggest win in 103 years. Andy Cole scored five goals to break the record for the most goals scored in a single Premier League game. It’s a record that four players have been able to match, but it has never been surpassed.

  1. 25th October 2019: Southampton 0-9 Leicester City

24 years on from Ipswich’s unwanted record, Southampton matched it, albeit with 10 men. The win for Leicester saw them put pressure on Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the table. Premier League odds look favourable for the Foxes to break into the top six and earn European qualification.

It was a landmark night for Leicester. Not only did they record the biggest away win in an English top-flight league match, they became only the second team in Premier League history to establish a five-goal lead in the first half of an away game, and share the record of hat-tricks scored by two players in the same game (Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy).

In the build-up to the game’s opening goal, the referee missed Ryan Bertrand’s rash challenge on Perez. Andre Marriner turned to VAR after Ben Chilwell scored, and Bertrand received his marching orders. From that point, as well as the inclement weather, it also rained goals. Rogers’ side completely dominated the game, with 74% possession and 15 of their 25 shots on target.

  1. 22nd November 2009: Tottenham Hotspur 9-1 Wigan Athletic

Jermaine Defoe netted what is currently the third-fastest hat-trick in Premier League history at White Hart Lane. It took the striker only seven minutes to put three past Chris Kirkland. A solitary goal separated the sides at half time, but the hosts managed to notch a further eight goals in the second half.

Defoe contributed five of those, in turn becoming the third player to record five goals in a single Premier League game. Sharing Cole’s record, Dimitar Berbatov and Sergio Agüero are the only two players to equal it since.

Wigan’s goal was somewhat controversial with Paul Scharner using his arm to control the ball. Defoe immediately restored the home side’s three-goal cushion, and the goals kept coming.

Honourable mentions

Southampton fans would no doubt prefer to remember their 8-0 win over Sunderland in the 2014-15 season. The Black Cats were authors of much of their own misfortune, scoring three own goals in the process.

There are two occasions that Chelsea won by eight goals. First, they triumphed over Wigan 8-0 in the final game of the 2009-10 season, winning the title. More recently, they beat Aston Villa by the same scoreline in the 2012-13 campaign, with seven different goal scorers.

Finally, we go back to the turn of the century and the 1999-2000 season, when Newcastle United beat Sheffield Wednesday by eight goals. All-time Premier League top scorer and Magpies’ talisman Alan Shearer scored five at St. James Park.