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 too much more worth talking about with your friends than a scoreline that requires the number to actually 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?
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.
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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 back 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 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.
BEST RESULT: 6-1 v Hull (October 15, 2016)
In their second campaign in the Premier League, Bournemouth were beginning to establish themselves as regulars in the top flight, with second season syndrome looking far from possible. There were a number of highlights in that campaign, 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: 5-0 v Tottenham (December 26, 2018)
Unfortunately for Bournemouth the 2016/17 season brought a high they could never replicate and the Cherries slowly slipped down the table. From giving the big teams troubles, Bournemouth started to ship goals, and they may have been feeling the affects of Christmas when they took a trip to London on Boxing Day.
This was a game where Tottenham showed their ruthlessness, scoring five goals from just 10 shots, seven of which were on target. Bournemouth actually had more shots than their Wembley hosts with 14 but only hit the target four times and, of course, failed to find the net.
BEST RESULT: 4-0 v Manchester United (August 13, 2022)
Last season 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’ve already bettered that in 2022/23.
In their first home game of the new campaign, Brentford blew Manchester United away with a 4-0 victory, scoring all four of their 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: 3-0 v Liverpool (January 16, 2022) and v Manchester United (May 2, 2022)
Brentford’s first season in the Premier League was a very good one, but they still had their down moments. The worst last season came against two of the Premier League’s Big Six, with Liverpool and Manchester United both beating Brentford 3-0 at Anfield an Old Trafford respectively. We can safely say they got their revenge for the latter.
The Bees did also ship four in defeat to Southampton, but as that was a 4-1, it ranks slightly better due to them scoring.
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Brighton & Hove Albion
BEST RESULT: 4-0 v Manchester United (May 7, 2022)
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. And they’re another club to have Manchester United as their biggest win in Premier League history. This particular 4-0 came towards the end of the 2021/22 season when they capitalised on Manchester United’s weaknesses particularly when scoring three goals in 11 second-half minutes.
WORST RESULT: 5-0 v Bournemouth (April 13, 2019) and v Manchester City (July 11, 2020)
Survival in Brighton’s second season was very 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. But he isn’t alone, Graham Potter’s Brighton repeated that 5-0 scoreline against Manchester City in 2020 with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick.
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 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. All-time top scorer, and former 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 (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.
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.
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 Norwich (May 15, 2005) and v QPR (October 2, 2011)
Fulham love a 6-0 apparently. Their first such 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 an haircut, raising money for charity.
BEST RESULT: 6-1 v Bradford City (May 13, 2001) and v Charlton Athletic (April 5, 2003)
Leeds United are back in 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: 7-0 v Manchester City (December 14, 2021)
Leeds were excellent at times under Marcelo Bielsa in the Premier League but they started to lose their way and just before his sacking they were handed their heaviest-ever defeat. Manchester City were the team dishing it out at the Etihad, going 3-0 up at half-time before completing the rout in the second half.
BEST RESULT: 0-9 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.
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BEST RESULT: 0-7 v Crystal Palace (December 19, 2020)
The 2020/21 campaign hasn’t been a good one for Liverpool as they currently face a fight to qualify for the Champions League, something no one expected from the defending champions. But they have recorded there all-time biggest win in the Premier League era, beating Crystal Palace 7-0 at Selhurst Park.
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!
04': Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool
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35': Aston Villa 3-1 Liverpool
39': Aston Villa 4-1 Liverpool
55': Aston Villa 5-1 Liverpool
60': Aston Villa 5-2 Liverpool
66': Aston Villa 6-2 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 (@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) 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 time 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: 6-1 v Manchester City (October 23, 2011) and 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: 7-1 v Sheffield Wednesday (March 31, 1995)
As with Leeds a few years ago there will be some younger fans who won’t know Nottingham Forest as a Premier League club, but Sheffield Wednesday supporters will probably be hoping they could 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.
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.
Manchester United are the first team in Premier League history to win 9-0 twice.
Southampton are the first team in Premier League history to lose 9-0 twice.
A record-breaking evening at Old Trafford. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/RaT9lCtEiG
— Squawka (@Squawka) February 2, 2021
WORST RESULT: 9-0 v Leicester City (October 25, 2019), 9-0 v Manchester United (February 2, 2021)
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.
And then it happened again. It was another early red card for Southampton, with Alex Jankewitz sent off after two minutes, that set up the downward spiral which also including an own goal and another dismissal (later rescinded) for Jan Bednarek. The first team to record two 9-0 defeats in the Premier League era.
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 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) 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: 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.