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Every current Premier League club’s best and worst result

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 15:00, 5 March 2024

It may not change how many points you get, but everyone loves a big win in football, and the Premier League is no different.

For neutrals, there isn’t much more worth talking about with your friends than a scoreline requiring the number to be written out a la “7 (SEVEN)-0” on the vidiprinters, to ensure those watching know it isn’t a typo.

But for every big winner, there is a big loser and a set of fans that have had to deal with their team being on the end of what can only be described as a tonking. Unfortunately, Southampton fans have had to deal with being that team in recent seasons, losing 9-0 twice in less than 18 months, which got us thinking.

Of the 20 sides currently playing in England’s top flight, what are their best and worst results of the Premier League era?

Arsenal

BEST RESULT: 7-0 v Everton (May 11, 2005) and v Middlesbrough (January 14, 2006)

Arsenal have been a Premier League club from the very beginning. However, the period before Arsene Wenger took over wasn’t exactly known for them ruthlessly expressing themselves. That changed when the professor took charge, and in the mid-2000s (a few seasons after they went an entire league campaign unbeaten), they registered a pair of 7-0 wins. The first came home against Everton in 2005, which saw Robert Pirès bag a brace before Middlesbrough felt the same wrath a few months later. Thierry Henry with a hat-trick on that Saturday afternoon in January.

WORST RESULT: 8-2 v Manchester United (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 Gunner’s consolation goals, would leave for the Red Devils the following summer, compounding further misery on the north London side.

Aston Villa

BEST RESULT: 7-1 v Wimbledon (February 11, 1995)

In the early years, Aston Villa were a force, notably pushing Manchester United in the league’s inaugural season. So, it is no surprise that their biggest win to date came in early 1995 when Wimbledon returned to London, having suffered a devastating 7-1 defeat at the hands of Brian Little’s men. Tommy Johnson was the star that day, having registered his first and last Premier League treble. They came close to equalling this record with their remarkable 7-2 thrashing of reigning champions Liverpool in 2020/21.

WORST RESULT: 8-0 v Chelsea (December 23, 2012)

It’s not been easy since those halcyon days, especially as they’ve recently suffered the ignominy of relegation. The gulf between the league’s regular Champions League participants and the rest began to show in the early 2010s, and Villa would suffer an 8-0 lashing by Chelsea – even the struggling Fernando Torres got himself on the scoresheet – just 48 hours before Christmas Day 2012.

Bournemouth

BEST RESULT: 6-1 v Hull (October 15, 2016)

In their second campaign in the Premier League, Bournemouth was beginning to establish themselves as regulars in the top flight, with second-season syndrome looking far from possible. That campaign had several highlights, but the biggest win, and the biggest in Bournemouth’s history, came in October 2016.

The Cherries welcomed Hull City to the Vitality Stadium and took the lead inside five minutes through Charlie Daniels. Ryan Mason equalised just after the half-hour mark, but then Bournemouth stepped up another gear or two. By half-time, it was 3-1, and then the Cherries scored three unanswered goals in the second half, making this comfortable win into a bonafide rout.

WORST RESULT: 9-0 v Liverpool (August 27, 2022)

Bournemouth’s Merseyside capitulation back in the summer proved so detrimental that it cost Scott Parker his job only four games into the campaign. The Reds were utterly ruthless that day, battering the Cherries from pillar to post and not letting up until the referee sounded his whistle to put the promoted club out of their misery. Quite incredibly, Mohamed Salah played the full 90 minutes that day and didn’t score, with Luis Diaz and Roberto Firmino grabbing the main headlines.

Brentford

BEST RESULT: 4-0 v Manchester United (August 13, 2022)

Brentford will have been happy with their biggest-ever Premier League win, beating Chelsea 4-1 at Stamford Bridge in their maiden campaign. But they bettered that last season.

In their first home game of that new campaign, Brentford blew Manchester United away with a 4-0 victory, scoring all four goals in the first half. Thomas Frank’s men were onto Manchester United from the start, with the Red Devils unable to deal with the high press. Josh Dasilva, Mathias Jensen, Ben Mee, and Bryan Mbeumo were the heroes for Brentford, who will be hoping for more days like this in the future.

WORST RESULT: 5-1 v Newcastle (October 8, 2022) and 4-0 v Aston Villa (October 23, 2022)

Brentford were flying last season, having lost four games to start, but two of those defeats have been utter capitulations. Their first came away to Newcastle in early October, with Eddie Howe’s men unleashing the full wrath of their attacking potency on the Bees, winning 5-1, while just a fortnight later, Aston Villa ran rampant in a 4-0 triumph.


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Brighton & Hove Albion

BEST RESULT: 6-0 v Wolves (April 29, 2023)

Slowly but surely, Brighton has become not just a Premier League mainstay but one of the most impressive outfits in the division. That statement was confirmed when the Seagulls thrashed Julen Lopetegui’s Wolves 6-0, keeping their dreams of an incredible European football qualification alive. Brighton’s previous best result was only a 4-0 victory, so this is a statement of where the club is now under Roberto De Zerbi.

WORST RESULT: 6-1 v Aston Villa (September 30, 2023)

Brighton suffered a third five-goal loss in Premier League history a few months later, with a rampant Aston Villa putting six past them. Unai Emery’s men raced into a 3-0 lead before Ansu Fati pulled one back. Ollie Watkins finished the game with a hat-trick.

Burnley

BEST RESULT: 5-0 v Sheffield United (December 2, 2023)

Back in the big time after one season away, Burnley registered their biggest Premier League win under Vincent Kompany against fellow newcomers and strugglers Sheffield United, which saw Jay Rodríguez get the scoring underway inside the opening minute. Jacob Bruun Larsen, Zeki Amdouni, Luca Koleosho and Josh Brownhill completed the scoring.

WORST RESULT: 6-1 v Manchester City (April 3, 2010)

Burnley has lost by a five-goal margin in the Premier League on eight occasions (half of those by Manchester City); however, they’ve conceded six times once, which came in the club’s first season. Back then, a Roberto Mancini-led team saw current Clarets boss Kompany put the visitors 6-0 up before Steven Fletcher netted a consolation.

Chelsea

BEST RESULT: 8-0 v Wigan Athletic (May 9, 2010) and v Aston Villa (December 23, 2012)

Despite the many managerial changes at Chelsea, the Stamford Bridge-based club continues to pick up silverware. The first two years of the 2010s saw them flex their muscles on the pitch, beating Wigan 8-0 before allowing Villa to suffer that same fate. All-time top scorer and former boss Frank Lampard would strike in both games.

WORST RESULT: 6-0 v Manchester City (February 10, 2019)

Before the appointment (and sacking) 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; 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.

Crystal Palace

BEST RESULT: 5-0 v Leicester City (April 28, 2018)

Given their Premier League presence stretches back to the mid-90s, albeit having also spent a large chunk playing outside the top division, it’s surprising to find Palace’s biggest win came in the Roy Hodgson era. The would-be victims were Leicester City, who two years prior shocked the sporting world, on that April day in 2018 the Eagles had no fewer than five different goal scorers including full-back Patrick van Aanholt.

WORST RESULT: 0-7 v Liverpool (December 19, 2020)

For quite some time, Crystal Palace’s worst defeat in the Premier League had been a 6-1 home loss to Liverpool on the opening day of the 1994/95 season. However, that was beaten 25 years later, again with Liverpool the winners, this time a 7-0 victory as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both helped themselves to braces.

Everton

BEST RESULT: 7-1 v Southampton (November 16, 1996) and v Sunderland (November 24, 2007)

Everton is what you’d call a ‘sleeping giant’; despite so many promising starts, it might be a while before they awaken. Twice in the Premier League era have they recorded their biggest win, a 7-1 scoreline, first against Southampton in late 1996 and then 11 years later against Sunderland, another team that wears red-and-white stripes and begins with ‘S’.

WORST RESULT: 7-0 v Arsenal (May 11, 2005)

It’s telling of the grand history of this club that losing 7-0 to Arsenal in May 2005 is their record defeat in any competition. Back then, Wenger’s boys were as vicious as any side in league history, and Everton was the unfortunate opponent despite having a good season and securing a top-four finish. Among the goals that day were Robin van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp, two Dutch greats from different generations.

Fulham

BEST RESULT: 6-0 v Norwich (May 15, 2005) and v QPR (October 2, 2011)

Fulham loves a 6-0. Their first result, having been regulars of the Premier League at one point, came in the 2004/05 season against a Norwich City side on their way back down to the Championship. The Cottagers had five different goalscorers on the day, including Andy Cole, Steed Malbranque and Brian McBride (who scored twice). What a team!

They repeated that scoreline six years later against London rivals QPR with a hat-trick from Andrew Johnson supplemented by goals from Bobby Zamora, Clint Dempsey and Danny Murphy. Just reading the names brings back memories.

WORST RESULT: 6-0 v Hull (December 28, 2013)

We said Fulham love a 6-0. They love that scoreline so much they’ve even made it their heaviest Premier League defeat. This particular 6-0 came in the 2013/14 season, en route to relegation, with Hull City handing out the smashing. Fulham shipped in goals from six different goalscorers on that day just after Christmas, including one from Tom Huddlestone, which ended a 32-month goal drought and brought a haircut, raising money for charity.

Liverpool

BEST RESULT: 9-0 v Bournemouth (August 27, 2022)

The Reds revelled in the ecstasy of smashing Man Utd 7-0. Still, it was earlier that season when they enjoyed their biggest result in the Premier League era. That 9-0 demolition job on Bournemouth was as one-sided as football matches come, as the Reds blitzed past their South Coast counterparts and cost Parker his job. Such was the devastation of the triumph that everyone was queuing up to get in on the act, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Harvey Elliott all bagging rare goals for the club.

WORST RESULT: 6-1 v Stoke City (May 24, 2015), 7-2 v Aston Villa (October 4, 2020)

Steven Gerrard is a Liverpool legend and one of their best captains of the modern era. However, his final game for the Reds before relocating to LA Galaxy came away to Stoke City, a nightmarish ending as they’d lose 6-1, with the former England captain scoring their consolation goal.

The Reds suffered another defeat by a five-goal deficit at the hands of Aston Villa earlier this season, with Jack Grealish scoring two and assisting three, Ollie Watkins grabbing a hat-trick, and even ex-Everton man Ross Barkley getting in on the action against his former rivals. What makes this 7-2 scoreline more remarkable than the 2015 6-1, however, is the fact that Jurgen Klopp’s men were defending champions with a back-four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson. This isn’t supposed to happen!

Luton

BEST RESULT: 4-0 v Brighton & Hove Albion (January 30, 2024)

Despite being a signatory to the creation of the Premier League, it would be 23 years before Luton played their first game in England’s top division. Rob Edwards’ side have given a good account of themselves, with a home win over Brighton being the highlight. In this game, Adebayo notably became the first Luton player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League.

WORST RESULT: 4-1 v Liverpool (February 21, 2024) and Brighton & Hove Albion (August 12, 2023)

Success over the Seagulls was revenge for their heavy opening-day loss. Carlton Morris halved the deficit after Brighton went 2-0 ahead, but Simon Adingra and Evan Ferguson compounded their miserable debut. That same result was replicated at Anfield on matchday 26, even though Chiedozie Ogbene gave the visitors a shock 12th-minute lead.

Manchester City

BEST RESULT: 8-0 v Watford (September 21, 2019)

City was 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.

WORST RESULT: 8-1 v Middlesbrough (May 11, 2008)

A game involving Manchester City with one of the participants scoring eight is nothing new. More than a decade ago, a team consisting of Michael Ball, Stephen Ireland and Darius Vassell, led by Sven-Goran Eriksson, were put to the sword at Middlesbrough, whose 8-1 victory was spearheaded by future Three Lions head coach Gareth Southgate.

Manchester United

BEST RESULT: 9-0 v Ipswich Town (March 4, 1995) and v Southampton (February 2, 2021)

It felt that City would become the first Premier League club to reach double figures. instead, the league’s record win still belongs to city rivals Manchester United, who famously scored nine against Ipswich Town in March 1995, with newcomer Andy Cole coming one goal short of registering a double hat-trick.

Almost 26 years later, the Red Devils became the first to record two 9-0 wins, beating a Southampton side that ended the match with nine players, thanks to goals from seven different Man Utd players.

WORST RESULT: 0-7 v Liverpool (5 March, 2023)

Man Utd were riding the crest of a wave when they ventured to Anfield. Erik Ten Hag recently masterminded comeback wins over Barcelona and West Ham in the Europa League and FA Cup, respectively, while his side lifted the EFL Cup the previous weekend. However, they were brought back to earth with a shattering bang against Liverpool as Klopp’s men tore through them freely. Ten Hag was powerless on the sidelines as his side folded, falling apart utterly dismally.

Newcastle United

BEST RESULT: 8-0 v Sheffield Wednesday (September 19, 1999) and v Sheffield United (September 24, 2023)

Newcastle United are unlucky not to be previous Premier League champions. In the years following Kevin Keegan’s ‘entertainers’, the Magpies would register the biggest victory their old boss would have been proud of. Sheffield Wednesday were the unfortunate party in a game that saw Alan Shearer bag five goals. It would be matched 24 years later, in the Steel City, at rivals United.

WORST RESULT: 6-0 v Manchester United (January 12, 2008) and v Liverpool (April 27, 2013)

It hasn’t always been an easy for those who see the world in black-and-white. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his only league hat-trick for Manchester United at their expense in January 2008, five years before Liverpool also defeated them 6-0, however on this occasion the painful loss came in front of their supporters.

Nottingham Forest

BEST RESULT: 7-1 v Sheffield Wednesday (March 31, 1995)

As with Leeds a few years ago, some younger fans won’t know Nottingham Forest as a Premier League club, but Sheffield Wednesday supporters will probably hope they can forget. Forest’s biggest-ever Premier League win came against the Owls at Hillsborough, with Stan Collymore and Bryan Roy both bagging braces, while Stuart Pearce opened the scoring with a free-kick.

WORST RESULT: 7-0 v Blackburn (November 17, 1995), 8-1 v Manchester United (February 2, 1999)

That same year, albeit in the next season, Forest suffered their worst-ever Premier League defeat. Taking on defending champions Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, Alan Shearer put Forest to the sword with a hat-trick, while Lars Bohinen scored twice against the club he had left earlier that year. Four years later, they would lose 8-1 at home to Manchester United, a game made famous by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scoring four times as a substitute.

Sheffield United

BEST RESULT: 6-0 v Tottenham (March 2, 1993)

The inaugural Premier League season remains the only time Sheffield United won a Premier League by more than a three-goal winning margin. Dave Bassett’s men were indebted to Ian Bryson (two goals) and Brian Deane (one goal and two assists) in their win over a Tottenham side featuring Gary Mabbutt, Darren Anderton, Nayim and Teddy Sheringham.

WORST RESULT: 8-0 v Newcastle United (September 24, 2023)

More recently, the Blades have registered their six heaviest Premier League defeats. The biggest came on matchday six when Newcastle ran amok at Bramall Lane with eight different scorers. Kieran Trippier would cap off a hat-trick of assists.

Tottenham Hotspur

BEST RESULT: 9-1 v Wigan Athletic (November 22, 2009)

Manchester United are not the only Premier League club to score nine in a single game. Spurs managed that feat in November 2009 at lowly Wigan’s expense. It’s a game best remembered for Jermain Defoe scoring five goals across 36 minutes in the second half. What’s also remarkable about this 9-1 success was Spurs went into half-time with a 1-0 lead.

WORST RESULT: 7-1 v Newcastle United (December 28, 1996)

Spurs today are nothing like what they were two decades ago. Capable of giving any side a game, they fell short in terms of challenging for top honours, the mid-90s saw Newcastle United stand out as Man Utd’s biggest league rival and the Magpies would give their North London opponents a 7-1 drubbing just days before the New Year.

West Ham United

BEST RESULT: 6-0 v Barnsley (January 10, 1998)

Harry Redknapp felt his West Ham team should have amounted to more than they achieved. Their 6-0 win over Barnsley in January 1998, which saw a young Frank Lampard open the scoring, was a highlight in a season they’d finish eighth.

WORST RESULT: 7-1 v Manchester United (April 1, 2000) and v Blackburn Rovers (October 14, 2001)

Paul Scholes scored the first of his two Premier League hat-tricks against West Ham in April 2000, and that 7-1 defeat against Man Utd was equalled by Blackburn Rovers more than a year later. Incredibly, each goal was scored by a different player.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

BEST RESULT: 4-0 v Blackpool (February 26, 2011) and v Watford (March 13, 2022)

Wolves became a Premier League club for the first time in 2003 but wouldn’t truly make an impact until they returned five years later. Their third-ever season saw Mick McCarthy’s men defeat fellow strugglers Blackpool 4-0, with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake bagging a brace. Wolves repeated that scoreline just last season, thrashing Watford, who would later be relegated, with Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podence and Ruben Neves all on the scoresheet.

WORST RESULT: 6-0 v Brighton (April 29, 2023)

Wolves have vastly improved under Lopetegui, but going to Brighton and being crushed 6-0 certainly wasn’t part of the Spaniard’s script. It shouldn’t mean too much in the context of Premier League safety; it’s more just a miserable trip to the South Coast for the Midlands outfit.

Their previous worst came in the form of 5-0 defeats to Chelsea (2003), Fulham (2012) and Manchester United (2012).

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