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.
— 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 back in October.
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: 2-0 v Arsenal (August 22, 2021), and 0-2 v Wolves (September 18, 2021)
This type of exercise is made exponentially easier when the team in question has less than half a season of Premier League football under its belt in its entire history. The 2021 22 season famously marks Brentford first in the Premier League and, sixteen games in, their best result is one of a pair of 2-0 victories – either at home, in their first-ever Premier League game, against Arsenal, or less than a month later, away to Wolves.
WORST RESULT: 2-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (December 2, 2021)
The total lack of a Premier League history is beneficial in that it limits the risk of winding up on the wrong side of a truly heinous scoreline. This is doubly true when a newly-promoted side acquits itself admirably from the very start. At the time of writing, Brentford sit comfortably in mid-table, on 20 points after 16 games, with a goal difference of just -1, with one, and in some cases two games in hand on the clubs ahead of them.
In their brief time in the Premier League, Brentford have suffered two multi-goal defeats. The first came on October 30, when they 3-1 away to Burnley. However, as Brentford at least got on the score sheet in that game and were genuinely unlucky to lose as heavily as they did, the pick here is a 2-0 defeat away to Tottenham on December 2. A Sergi Canós own goal opened the scoring after 12 minutes, Son Heung-Min doubled Spurs’ advantage in the 65th, and Brentford managed just six shot – and just two on target – in 90 the minutes.
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 in Brighton’s second 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. 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 in the current campaign, 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: 6-1 v Bradford City (May 13, 2001) and v Charlton Athletic (April 5, 2003)
Leeds United are back in the big time under Marcelo Bielsa 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: 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.
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!
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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) 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.
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BEST RESULT: 1-5 v Everton (September 25, 1993)
Manchester United won the inaugural Premier League title, in 1992-93, with 84 points. Aston Villa were second, with 74, and Blackburn Rovers finished fourth, on 71. Incredibly, third place and qualification for the UEFA Cup went to Norwich, who ended up with 72 points.
The following season, the Canaries took a big step back, falling to 12th in the league, en route to 20th and relegation the following year. However, the campaign started promisingly enough, with Northridge winning three of their first four in the league, highlighted by a 0-4 win away at Leeds. After a month long slump in which they failed to register a league win, their September 25 1993 trip to Goodison Park seemed to get them back on track. The five goals they scored that day set a (since-equaled) club mark, as did their four-goal margin of victory. Included in the performance was an historic feat by Nigerian striker Efan Ekoku, who scored four of the five goals, and became the first player score more than three goals in a in Premier League game.
WORST RESULT: 7-0 v Manchester City (November 2, 2013) and v Chelsea (October 23, 2021)
Norwich had been on the wrong side of the occasional drubbing in its Premier League history, November 2 2013 marked a new low. Away at City, Norwich conceded a pair of own goals in the first 25 minutes, with a strike from David Silva sandwiched in between. Álvaro Negredo added a fourth prior to halftime and, after the break, Yaya Toure, Sergio Agüero and Edin Džeko each struck to cap off a 7-0 scoreline.
Almost exactly eight years later, October 23 2021, this time at Stamford Bridge, it was a similar story. Mason Mount got Chelsea on the board after eight minutes. Callum Hudson-Odoi doubled the lead 10 minutes later, and Reece James added a third just before halftime. Chelsea’s lead grew on either side of the hour mark, first through a Ben Chilwell goal, then thanks to a Max Aaron’s own goal. Finally, in the game’s dying minutes, the five-goal margin suddenly swelled to seven, when Mount converted an 85th minute penalty, and then completed his hat trick in the 91st.
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 Football (@Squawka) February 2, 2021
WORST RESULT: 0-9 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.
BEST RESULT: 1-5 v Cardiff City (February 22, 2019)
Watford have notched some rather impressive Premier League victories through the years – 3-0 over Liverpool in December 2015, 4-1 over Chelsea in February 2018, 4-1 over Man United just last month. However, Watford’s most emphatic victory in the Premier League came on February 22, 2019, in Cardiff. Gerard Deulofeu opened the scoring after 18 minutes. That goal stood until the hour mark, when Deulofeu popped up again, this time twice in two minutes to complete his hat trick. Ten minutes later, club legend Troy Deeney struck with a fourth. Sol Bamba did manage to pull one back for Cardiff nine minutes later, but Deeney was on hand again, in the 91st to restore the four-goal margin and the 5-1 win.
WORST RESULT: 8-0 v Manchester City (September 21, 2019)
Nearly seven months to the day later, at the Etihad, Watford found themselves on the wrong side of one of the most savage beatings of the Premier League era. Their hosts wasted no time, as David Silva opened the scoring in the opening minute. The lead was doubled six minutes later by a Sergio Agüero penalty. A third came from Riyad Mahrez on 12 minutes. Three minutes later, Bernardo Silva added a fourth. Nicolas Ottamendi made it five on 18 minutes. After taking a half-hour break, City we’re at it again. Bernardo Silva struck for his second in the 49th, and then completed his hat trick on the hour mark. Finally, five minutes before a final whistle that could not have come too soon for Watford, Kevin De Bruyne added an eighth.
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.