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The Top Ten Premier League Matches Of All Time

The Premier League isn’t the biggest football league on earth without good reason. Since its inception in 1992, it has provided us with endless amounts of entertainment.

From superstar players, elite coaches, golden goals and all round villains of the game, the Premier League has enjoyed them all.

As for the matches, fans never have to wait long before the league serves up another classic. But what are the greatest Premier League games of all time?

Well, we have ranked our top ten in order to answer that very question.

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Here then are the top ten greatest ever Premier League games.

10.)  Tottenham 6-4 Reading (December, 2007)

Way back in the festive season of 2007 Spurs shared a 10 goal thriller with Reading at White Hart Lane.

Incredibly, the game was level at half time with the teams deadlocked at 1-1 following one each from Dimitar Berbatov and Kalifa Cisse.

Everything changed after the 53rd minute though when Reading took the lead. In the 20 minutes that followed, seven goals were scored as each team sucker punched the other.

Berbatov went on to complete his hat trick and Dave Kitson scored twice to make the game 4-3 to Reading.

Steed Malbranque equalised for Spurs before Jermain Defoe’s rebound from a missed penalty gave Tottenham the lead at 5-4.

Berbatov then bagged his fourth goal of the game shortly after in what was a very memorable second half to say the least.

9.)  Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle United (March, 1997)

In 1997, Newcastle visited Anfield for a rearranged Premier League fixture on a Monday night with Liverpool. One year previous, Newcastle had been shot down 4-3 in the last minute of their previous visit (more about this later).

What the Toon Army were soon to find out that there is absolutely no truth in the theory that history doesn’t repeat itself.

Defeated and deflated just months before, Kevin Keegan was no longer in the Newcastle dug out. Instead, Reds’ legend Kenny Dalglish was in charge of the Magpies this time around but even he was powerless to stop Liverpool racing into a three goal lead, with goals from Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler and Patrik Berger.

In the second half, though, Liverpool crumbled and fell apart as Keith Gillespie pulled a goal back before Faustino Asprilla and Warren Barton netted one each to bring the game level on 88 minutes.

Liverpool suddenly bounced back into life and a cross from Stig Inge Bjornebye was met by Robbie Fowler who headed it into the Kop end to make it 4-3 all over again, in the last minute all over again, leaving the Magpies sick all over again.

8.)  Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City (September, 2009)

Next up, a derby match played at the early stages of Manchester City’s new found wealthy era and before the transfer of power in the city had switched from red to blue.

Instead, City were just beginning to encroach on United’s territory at the top.

On this day though, it was United that would come out on top after Wayne Rooney got them off to a flying start inside just two minutes.

Their one goal lead was wiped out by Gareth Barry after fifteen minutes and the sides went in at half time tied at one goal each.

The second half followed a similar path with United going ahead, this time through Darren Fletcher before the lead was once again pegged back, Craig Bellamy doing the damage this time. This pattern repeated itself as Fletcher and Bellamy both found the net once more.

But these were the Fergie years at Old Trafford and that meant United were the kings of the late winners and, true to form, even Bellamy’s stoppage time equaliser couldn’t guarantee a point as Michael Owen popped up with a memorable derby winner in squeaky bum time.

7.) Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham (October, 2008)

Another derby game makes our top 10, this time North London, 2008. The eight goal thriller started with a David Bentley 40 yards stunner before Mikael Silvestre drew level for the Gunners.

1-1 at half time, Arsenal soon went 3-1 up in the second half with goals from William Gallas and Emmanuelle Adebayor.

Darren Bent pulled one back to reduce the deficit almost immediately before Robin van Persie restored Arsenal’s two goal lead.

Then, with Arsenal closing on a famous three points, Jermaine Jenas’ curled one in on 89 minutes mark before Aaron Lennon drove home a last gasp equaliser for Spurs ensuring the points were shared.

6.) Newcastle United 5-0 Manchester United (October, 1996)

A game that would go down in Premier League history and one that really lit the blue touch paper on the Alex Ferguson V Kevin Keegan rivalry of the mid-nineties.

Petrol had already been poured on the rivalry a few months earlier when Magpies boss Kevin Keegan ranted his infamous “I’ll love it” line, but if there’s one thing Fergie truly didn’t like it was losing and this Toon side were emerging as real threat.

Such a threat in fact that on this day they dished out a sound whooping. Goals from Darren Peacock, David Ginola, Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer all did the damage before Philippe Albert’s famous lob over Peter Schmeichel put the cherry on the pie.

A week later United would lose again, this time 6-3 at the Dell as Fergie famously blamed United’s grey shirts from preventing his players seeing each other, to give the Magpies false hope of a faltering United title challenge.

5.) Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal (August, 2011)

With the new season barley underway, any new season hope that Arsenal fans, or players for that matter, had was decisively and brutally knocked out of them after a just a few short weeks.

Just a few games in and Manchester United absolutely took the Gunners to pieces with three for Wayne Rooney, two for Ashley Young, and one each for Danny Welbeck, Ji-Sung Park and Nani.

Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie got Arsenal’s lonely two consolation goals in one of the most one sided top of the table clashes in Premier League history.

4.)  Tottenham Hotspur 3-5 Manchester United (September 29, 2001)

One of the most dramatic comebacks in EPL history and one that actually became an embarrassing defeat for Spurs.

There have been more dramatic comebacks in Football (Istanbul anyone?) but on this occasion Manchester United went from being dead and buried at 3-0 down at the half way stage, to winning at a canter in the second 45 minutes at White Hart Lane.

Making his debut, Dean Richards opened the scoring before Les Ferdinand doubled Spurs’ lead which was extended further when Christian Ziege hit home on the stroke of half time meaning all that jubilant Spurs needed to do was not throw it all away in the second half.

Throw it away they did though and in quite spectacular fashion too. So much so that Spurs, who used to make a habit of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, ended up humiliated.

As soon the second half kicked off, Andy Cole scored followed by Laurent Blanc and Ruud van Nistelrooy. But Spurs weren’t done there.

With less than 20 minutes remaining, United grabbed a fourth through Juan Veron before United doubled their lead courtesy of David Beckham.

3.)  Arsenal 2-4 Manchester United (February 1, 2005)

There is a long history of aggression in this fixture and back in the early noughties, just before Chelsea rose to power off the back of Russian money, Arsenal and Manchester City were the best two teams in the land.

There was no love lost either between the two captains and even before stepping out into the arena Gary Neville and Patrick Vieira were exchanging verbals, leading to Roy Keane getting involved and setting the tempo all the way up to eleven.

After an intervention by referee Graham Poll, Keane gave Viera one of his famous death stares and mouthed ‘see you out there’ to his old enemy.

On the pitch, the tackles flew in as did the goals. Viera it was that actually opened the scoring, before Ashley Cole put the ball in his own net. Arsenal were back ahead soon enough as Dennis Bergkamp got his name on the score sheet on half-time.

After the break, Cristiano Ronaldo hit a brace before Arsenal went down to 10 men following Mikael Silvestre’s red card and United extended their lead through John O Shea. For the Gunners, it meant the end of a near two-year unbeaten home record.

2.) Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle United (April 3, 1996)

Back in the mid-nineties, Newcastle were the biggest threat to Manchester United and their biggest chance of success was in 1996. That was until they visited Anfield.

In one of the greatest games of all time, and a taster to the following season’s repeat score line, Kevin Keegan’s magpies were shot down in the last moments of a match that went backwards and forwards from the first minute to the last.

It took just two minutes for Robbie Fowler to open the scoring but all that meant nothing as just 12 minutes later Newcastle were ahead after goals from Les Ferdinand and David Ginola.

After the break, Fowler popped up again with his second of the match to bring Liverpool level but again Newcastle took the lead this time through Faustino Asprilla.

With the scores at 2-3 on 68 minutes, the Reds stepped up through a Stan Collymore strike before the striker’s famous last minute winner left Keegan draped over the Anfield advertising hoardings in an iconic moment of consolation leaving Newcastle’s title hopes in shatters.

1.) Manchester City 3-2 Queens Park Rangers (May 13, 2012)

What else could occupy to spot but the game that ended in the most dramatic of Premier League title wins ever?

Not just a great game in its own right, but a game with a script that couldn’t be written and its highly doubtful, neigh, thoroughly unlikely, that a team will ever win the title in a more satisfactory way.

Plus, not only did the match signal the end to Manchester City’s 40 year wait for a domestic title, but it also came at the expense of their detested cross city rivals Manchester United.

With United about to win at Sunderland, success for Roberto Mancini’s side was critical but they faced a Queens Park Rangers driven by a desire to avoid relegation.

City had taken the lead by half time and success seemed inevitable but then suddenly 10 man QPR equalised in the second half through Djibril Cisse before taking the lead with a Jamie Mackie effort.

With City still chasing two more goals to give them the goal difference title win they craved, the time whittled itself down to the final minute.

Then, in the most dramatic season finale of all time, Edin Dzeko scored in the second minute of stoppage time to give the Citizens slim, slim hope.

Then, with next to no time left on the clock, Mario Balotelli squared the ball to Sergio Aguero who drilled a rocket into Paddy Kenny’s net and secured his place in football folklore with one of the most iconic goals of all time.

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