Leicester City missed out on Champions League qualification, but the 2019/20 Premier League season was still a step forward for the Foxes and scoring nine goals without reply against Southampton at St Mary’s back in October was undoubtedly a high point for them.
The record-laden result was in part helped by Saints defender Ryan Bertrand losing his head 12 minutes into the contest.
This was the third instance in Premier League history a club managed to score nine times in a single game. Consequently, this was Southampton’s heaviest defeat at home, let alone in the competition, which has 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? This is a list that might well change quickly, but read on to find out how it stands right now.
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 expressing themselves in a ruthless manner. 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 at 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.
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 28, 2018
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 Gunners consolation goals, would leave for the Red Devils the following summer compounding further misery on the north London side.
BEST RESULT: 7-1 v Wimbledon (February 11, 1995)
In the early years, Aston Villa were a force, notably pushing Manchester United all the way in the league’s inaugural season. So, it comes as no surprise to know 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 oh so close to equalling this record with their remarkable 7-2 thrashing of reigning champions Liverpool recently.
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 really 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.
Brighton & Hove Albion
BEST RESULT: 4-1 v Swansea City (February 24, 2018)
Another newish outfit. Brighton & Hove Albion ended a 34-year absence from English football’s top-flight in 2017 when they became the 48th different Premier League club and, against all odds, have maintained their status since then. Their first campaign, which saw them finish 15th, also produced the Seagulls’ best result to date: a 4-1 win over soon-to-be relegated Swansea City.
WORST RESULT: 5-0 v Bournemouth (April 13, 2019)
Survival the following season was a lot more challenging; then-manager Chris Hughton kept them up by the skin of their teeth, but that wasn’t enough for him to keep his job. A month before the league concluded they were humbled 5-0 by Bournemouth with three of those goals following Anthony Knockaert’s late sending off.
BEST RESULT: 4-0 v Bournemouth (September 22, 2018)
Burnley are currently enjoying a third Premier League spell and it’s fair to say this one is proving to be the more successful. Then again, they went straight back down after their opening two campaigns whilst currently it’s four seasons and counting. The last few years has seen the pragmatic Clarets come alive with their 4-0 victory over Bournemouth in September 2018 a turning point of sorts.
WORST RESULT: 6-1 v Manchester City (April 3, 2010)
Let’s go back to that inaugural 2009/10 season because it’s where you’ll find their most humbling of losses. It came in April 2010 when the growing force that is Manchester City arrived at Turf Moor and left with a 6-1 win. Emmanuel Adebayor helped himself to a brace whilst Patrick Vieira and Vincent Kompany also found themselves among the goals.
BEST RESULT: 8-0 v Wigan Athletic (May 9, 2010) and v Aston Villa (December 23, 2012)
Following the takeover by Roman Abramovich prior to the 2003/04 campaign Chelsea have transformed from being an also-ran into a juggernaut. Despite the many managerial changes, the Stamford Bridge-based club continue 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. Current boss Frank Lampard would strike in both games.
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 12, 2019
WORST RESULT: 6-0 v Manchester City (February 10, 2019)
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, 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.
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: 6-1 v Liverpool (August 20, 1994)
As touched upon, Palace were there in the early days, so were Liverpool who tonked them 6-1 at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the 1994/95 season, veteran Reds marksman Ian Rush scoring twice after the break, it proved to be a sign of things to come as they would suffer relegation and would not return for another 10 years.
BEST RESULT: 7-1 v Southampton (November 16, 1996) and v Sunderland (November 24, 2007)
Everton are 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’.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) May 11, 2019
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 were the unfortunate opponents despite having a good season, securing a top-four finish. Among the goals that day were Robin van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp, two Dutch greats from different generations.
BEST RESULT: 6-0 v QPR (October 2, 2011), Norwich City (May 15, 2005)
Back again this season, Fulham have been one of the best examples of a ‘yo-yo club’ in the Premier League era but despite their fairly frequent struggles, it hasn’t been all bad for the Cottagers. Undoubtedly one of their high points in the top flight was a 6-0 win over neighbours and rivals QPR — Andy Johnson helping himself to hat-trick that day — in a scoreline which was a repeat of their thrashing of Norwich City in 2005.
WORST RESULT: 6-0 v Hull City (December 28, 2013)
But Fulham have also suffered plenty in the Premier League and 6-0 just so happens to be their heaviest margin of defeat, too, with Hull City humiliating them by that scoreline back in 2013 — a result which undoubtedly contributed toward their relegation to the Championship that year.
BEST RESULT: 6-1 v Bradford City (May 13, 2001), Charlton Athletic (April 5, 2003)
Marcelo Bielsa has finally delivered Leeds United back into the big time but for some of our younger readers, it may come as a surprise to learn that the Whites used to be one of the Premier League’s strongest sides. Leeds demonstrated that with a 6-1 thrashing of local rivals Bradford City in May 2001, helping them finish fourth and just 12 points behind champions Manchester United.
They repeated that result against Charlton Athletic two years later but this time, with financial trouble creeping into the Elland Road woodwork, it played a part in fighting off relegation.
WORST RESULT: 6-1 v Portsmouth (November 8, 2003)
As we mentioned, by the time 2003 came around, Leeds were in freefall and a 6-1 defeat to Portsmouth in November pretty much sums up just how bad things had become for the Yorkshire outfit. By the end of the 2003/04 campaign, the Whites had been relegated to the Championship — a hardship from which they’ve only just recovered.
BEST RESULT: 9-0 v Southampton (October 25, 2019)
Jamie Vardy was on the scoresheet in Leicester’s previous biggest Premier League win, a 5-1 victory at home to QPR, he’d register 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.
WORST RESULT: 6-1 v Arsenal (December 26, 2000) and v Tottenham Hotspur (May 18, 2017)
North London teams have not been kind to Leicester down the years. Thierry Henry helped Arsenal pull off a 6-1 win over them on Boxing Day in 2000, the Frenchman scoring yet another Premier League hat-trick, before Harry Kane put four past them as Spurs registered the same scoreline in May 2017.
BEST RESULT: 7-1 v Southampton (January 16, 1999)
Given how they are playing under Jurgen Klopp it won’t be long before Liverpool break the record for their heaviest Premier League win which incredibly came in January 1999 when Gérard Houllier’s team swatted Southampton 7-1 with current pundits Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen scoring once each while Robbie Fowler grabbed a hat-trick.
WORST RESULT: 6-1 v Stoke City (May 24, 2015), 7-2 v Aston Villa (October 4, 2020)
Back then Steven Gerrard had yet to establish himself in Liverpool’s midfield, but it wouldn’t be long before he did becoming a legend of the club. His final game for his boyhood team before relocating to LA Galaxy was 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 recently, 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 are defending champions with a back-four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson. This isn’t supposed to happen!
04': Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool
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— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) October 4, 2020
BEST RESULT: 8-0 v 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
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-Göran Eriksson, were put to the sword at Middlesbrough whose 8-1 victory was spearheaded by future Three Lions head coach Gareth Southgate.
BEST RESULT: 9-0 v Ipswich Town (March 4, 1995)
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.
WORST RESULT: 6-1 v Manchester City (October 23, 2011), 6-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (October 4, 2020)
During the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson, there were some memorable defeats but nothing more galling than when the ‘noisy neighbours’ showed up one Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford in October 2011 and left with the mother of bragging rights, a 6-1 victory that saw Roberto Mancini’s team score three times after the 88-minute mark.
That scoreline was repeated in 2020 — again in October — as Tottenham Hotspur ran riot at Old Trafford. United actually took the lead in that match through an early Bruno Fernandes penalty, but it was all downhill from there as Anthony Martial was sent off and Harry Kane and Son Heung-min put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to the sword. The only solace for United fans was that Liverpool suffered their thrashing to Aston Villa just hours later.
BEST RESULT: 8-0 v Sheffield Wednesday (September 19, 1999)
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 which their old boss would have been proud of. Sheffield Wednesday were the unfortunate party in a game that saw Alan Shearer bag five goals.
WORST RESULT: 6-0 v Manchester United (January 12, 2008) and v Liverpool (April 27, 2013)
It’s not been an easy time of late 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.
BEST RESULT: 6-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (March 2, 1993)
Sheffield United finished mid-table in the inaugural Premier League season, with city rivals Wednesday seven places above them in seventh (out of 22 teams). A rare highlight was a 6-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in March 1993, on that day Ian Bryson scored his second and third goals of the season.
WORST RESULT: 4-0 v Newcastle United (November 24, 1993) and v Liverpool (February 24, 2007)
A few months later the Blades were on the receiving end of a beatdown. Recently-promoted Newcastle United sent them home from St James’ Park with a 4-0 defeat to think about, nearly 14 years later Neil Warnock’s men would suffer the same feeling, but this time on the road at Anfield.
BEST RESULT: 8-0 v Sunderland (October 18, 2014)
Southampton under Ronald Koeman were, at times, fun to watch. His eighth match in charge saw Saints claim an 8-0 win over Sunderland, incredibly they were only leading 3-0 at half-time, on the scoresheet that day were Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pellè.
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 25, 2019
WORST RESULT: 0-9 v Leicester City (October 25, 2019)
Despite the topsy-turvy nature of Southampton in recent times, no one saw this scoreline coming. Leicester under Brendan Rodgers look dangerous, but even this was beyond their wildest dreams. Having raced to a 5-0 lead, they’d add four more in the second half, equalling the biggest Premier League win as well as the heaviest on the road.
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 jus days before the New Year.
West Bromwich Albion
BEST RESULT: 5-1 v Wolves (February 12, 2012)
Another yo-yo team, West Brom will have another crack at solidifying themselves in the Premier League in 2020/21. A few repeats of their 5-1 win over Wolves in February 2012 would go a long way toward helping to do that, although you’d be hard-pressed to find many betting on that outcome repeating itself when the Baggies lock horns with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
WORST RESULT: 6-0 v Liverpool (April 26, 2003), Chelsea (August 14, 2010)
Being a team which more often than not battles against relegation obviously lines you up for your fair share of beatdowns and to date, West Brom’s heaviest margin of defeat in the Premier League is 6-0 — actually quite respectable when compared to some of the others on this list.
The first such occasion was against Liverpool in 2003, Michael Owen scoring four times that day, while the second was against Chelsea in 2010, Didier Drogba the hat-trick hero this time around.
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 what 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.
BEST RESULT: 4-0 v Blackpool (February 26, 2011)
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.
WORST RESULT: 5-0 v Chelsea (September 20, 2003), v Fulham (March 4, 2012) and v Manchester United (March 18, 2012)
Going back to 2003 they couldn’t have been given a tougher welcome than when Chelsea beat them 5-0, a record defeat since matched by Fulham and Man Utd, the latter two results being separated by 14 days.