Best Premier League matches ever
The Premier League is without a doubt one of the best and most watched leagues in Europe and the whole world. Each and every game manages to amaze the viewers with some memorable moments. The football spirit is strong in England, which is why teams in the Premier League are doing their best to live up to the expectations of the fans and to create some of the most memorable moments by playing one of the best Premier League matches ever.
Of course with the history that the Premier League has, covering all the games and considering the greatest Premier League matches of all time would be a rather difficult task as there are so many memorable games to pick from. However, that does not mean that we cannot share with you some of our favorite picks from among most memorable Premier League matches ever.
Some might think that in order to have some of the greatest matches in Premier League history, the game needs to be played only by the more famous and well-endowed teams of the league. But that is far from the truth as many of the best matches in EPL history have been played by teams other than the top-4. It is high time we get to know or reminisce about some of the best EPL games ever.
Greatest Premier League matches of all time
Here are some of the best Premier League matches ever that we have picked for you to enjoy and reminisce about.
Bradford 1-0 Liverpool
Many of the new generation of footballers might not remember about the days when Bradford City FC was in fact a club competing in the Premier League. Of course they were not doing much of a competing, and were rather trying their best stay in the top-flight, fighting against relegation, and fight they did.
It was in Bradford City’s last league game in the 1999/2000 season that we witnessed one of the most memorable Premier League matches ever. Bradford City and AFC Wimbledon were both on 33 points as they went into the last game of the season. Both teams were fighting for a chance to stay in the Premier League as the Dons were in good hearts due to their better goal difference advantage.
Wimbledon were to face Southampton, while Braford City were against a rather scary side called Liverpool and all the odds were against the Bantams. That was when fans witnessed one of the greatest matches in premier league history as Bradford City actually managed to hold on to a 1-0 lead as David Wetherall headed the ball past Sander Westervel to keep the hopes alive.
Things did not look good on the south coast as Wimbledon had conceded two goals in the second half, which only meant that the Bantams had actually managed to stay in the Premier League after their heroics in the final game of the season, which was truly one of the most memorable Premier League matches ever.
Chelsea 2-3 Arsenal
The 75-year-old English commentator Martin Tyler is a legend of a commentator and has in fact been the voice commentating some of the best Premier League matches ever. Some of his words, sentences and even mere utterances have echoed throughout football history. “Kanu believe it?” was the pun-intended goal commentary that he bellowed during one of the Premier League's greatest ever games.
One of the most intense and serious London derbies is the rivalry between Chelsea and Arsenal. The games between the two clubs have always been fun to watch and memorable, but there is one particular game that gave us “Kanu believe it?” and one of the best Premier League matches ever.
In this match back in the previous millennium, Chelsea had managed to take a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Tore Andre Flo and Dan Petrescu, but Kanu denied Chelsea the win as he went on to score a brace in the final 15 minutes of the second half to make it all even. What happened next was an unpredictable goal from the Nigerian in injury time as he scored from an almost impossible angle to make it 3-2 for the gunners and make it one of the best Premier League matches ever.
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Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
Back in the days when the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich had not bought the Blues yet, one match was enough to decide Chelsea’s future for the next season and the many seasons after that as the club was in a total state of crisis in 2003. Chelsea’s final objective of the season was to win a match against Liverpool, which was dubbed as the “£20m game”, to make a top-four finish and qualify for the Champions League the next season.
In one of the greatest Premier League matches of all time, Sami Hyypia sent the reds in front by scoring the opening goal, which was cancelled out by an equalizer from Marcel Desailly a minute later. As minutes passed, it was the Danish Jesper Gronkjaer who came to Chelsea’s rescue and scored the most important goal of his career and maybe even Chelsea’s history as they managed to qualify for the Champions League in one of the best Premier League matches ever.
Making it to the top-4 and qualifying for the Champions League were definitely some of the reasons Abramovich opted to invest in Chelsea rather than their city rivals Tottenham Hotspur. His acquisition of the club started a golden age for the Blues as they managed to become one of the best clubs in the world, winning multiple Premier League and Champions League titles over the years. Gronkjaer’s most important goal of his career, however, brought the end of his days at Chelsea as new signing filled the club the very next season, leaving little place for him in London.
Newcastle United 5-0 Manchester United
Any Manchester United thrashing could be considered as one of the best Premier League matches ever, whether it is their 6-1 humiliation against Tottenham in the current season, or their 5-0 loss to Chelsea in the 1999-2000 season after a 29-game unbeaten run. But one of the games that truly deserves to be on the list of best matches in EPL history, is Manchester United’s match against Newcastle United back in 1996.
The game is remembered by Newcastle fans and other people who managed to watch a historic game back in the day, which saw the visitors get utterly humiliated by Kevin Keegan’s side thanks to 5 goals in total from Darren Peacock, David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Alan Shearer and a goal from Philippe Albert, the defender who scored an unbelievable 25-yard lob to end the day and complete one of the greatest matches in Premier League history.
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Newcastle United 4-4 Arsenal
It seems that Newcastle are more interested in giving their fans and of course the neutrals some of the best Premier League matches ever, as their name appears on yet another item on the list of greatest Premier League matches of all time. Of course, what makes this particular match much more memorable for Newcastle fans, aside from the fact that this one happened almost 15 years after their match against Manchester United, is the fact that they managed to achieve one of the most difficult comebacks in Premier League history.
To everyone’s surprise, the Magpies went 4-0 down against Arsenal in the first half, which saw some of the fans leave after the first-half whistle. The Newcastle frontline had lost one of its key aspects, Andy Carroll, which meant that they did not have their usual potency in front of the goal. Nobody believed that the team could have any hopes of getting back to the game.
But the Magpies proved everyone wrong as they took charge of the second half and got even more motivated after Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby was sent off for absurd and unnecessary fouls on Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan.
After Nolan’s two penalties and a strike from Leon Best gave Newcastle a chance to fight back, it was no one but the highly unexpected Cheick Tiote who managed to score the equalizer with a beautiful left-footed volley, which even stunned Tiote himself as the stadium was filled with joy and jubilance due to their fighting spirit that created one of the best Premier League matches ever.
Tottenham 3-5 Man United
Manchester United fans certainly miss the old days, the golden age of Sir Alex Ferguson, the days when they could play in a game and make it one of the best EPL games ever. While those days are long gone, we have certainly not forgotten about one of the Premier League's greatest ever games as the Red Devils went against Tottenham back in 2001.
Tottenham were the clear dominant force in the first half as they scored 3 goals to make it 3-0 before the first-half whistle. Although a cliché, football really is ‘a game of two halves’, and this game was a fine example of that, as Sir Alex Ferguson inspired his team to a comeback in the second half, which became a reality thanks to goals from Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastien Veron and David Beckham that saw Tottenham fans’ victoy chants turn into awkward silence as their team lost a 3-0 lead against Manchester United and lost the game 5-3.
Sheffield United 1-2 Wigan Athletic
Another fine example of the fight for survival amongst the lower-tier teams who barely manage to stay in the Premier League every time they get promoted to the top-flight. These fights for survival in the gladiator arenas that see the victor kill-off (relegate) the loser have given us some of the Premier League's greatest ever games.
The game between Sheffield United and Wigan athletic was definitely one of the best EPL games ever, as both sides were fighting for a place in the next season of the Premier League. The first goal of the game came from Paul Scharner for Wigan, which was cancelled out by Jon Stead’s goal for Sheffield United. However, Wigan managed to score another goal just before the half-time break thanks to a penalty from David Unsworth.
One of the reasons that made this fixture one of the best matches in EPL history, was the fact that Wigan’s winning goal came from a player who had recently left Brammal Lane to join the Latics on a free transfer, which meant that Sheffield United’s very own former player was the reason behind Wigan staying in Premier League and their relegation to second-tier.
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Manchester City 3-2 QPR
“Agueroooooooo…” This was the name viewers from all around the world heard on their TVs as Martin Tyler bellowed his name in the dying moments of the game. It is without a doubt one of the best Premier League matches ever, and it arguably is the best premier league match of all time. Manchester City needed only a win to finally get their hands on the famous Premier League trophy.
The game against Queens Park Rangers, however, was quite difficult, even more difficult than expected as QPR, managed by former City boss Mark Hughes, were motivated enough to win the game as they were only two point above the relegation zone. Hughes also had a personal vendetta of some sorts as Manchester City had abruptly replaced him with Roberto Mancini.
The game could not get tense any more than it already was. with the teams on level terms after goals coming from Pablo Zabaleta and djibril Cisse, the Citizens hopes for the title went down sinking after Jamie Mackie scored the second goal for the Hoops in the 66th minute.
The game had reached the full 90 minutes with the scoreline being 2-1, and the teams had entered the five minute added time period. All eyes were wide open as City players were pushing harder every second, until Edin Dzeko put the teams on level term in the 92nd minute, which gave hope to all the City fans and of course the players. One of the best Premier League matches ever was about to end when Sergio Aguero came to the rescue in the dying moments to put Mario Balotelli’s first assist of the season into the back of the net.
Manchester City were finally Premier League champions as the pitch was invaded by hundreds of City fans after the full-time whistle. It was truly a memorable moment for the players, the fans, and even neutrals watching the tense match as City won their first Premier League trophy, which was also the first Premier League title that was decided based on goal difference.
These were only some of the best Premier League matches ever, since English football teams have such a rich history and have played against each other for over a century, which only means that there are numerous matches worthy of being on this list. It is of course only a matter of time before new matches are added to this list as the magic lives on and the next generation of footballers are slowly dominating the game.