The Best Premier League Matches Of All-Time
September 30, 2015
While the Premier League may not be the best competition in the world in terms of quality, consistency or balance, it is certainly the most entertaining. From high octane action and passionate fans to stunning displays of defensive ineptitude, the top flight of English football has carved a unique and deserved niche in the world’s most compelling sport. It has certainly served up some incredible games in the Premier League era, many of which are still talked about around the world.
So what are the top three Premier League games of all time (at least according to the team here at Bethut)?
Liverpool 4 Newcastle 3 (1996)
In April 1996, Kevin Keegan’s swashbuckling Newcastle United side made the difficult trip to Anfield, as the league leaders continued to stutter under the relentless pursuit of Manchester United. Despite the pressure, Newcastle refused to alter their attacking philosophy, despite the fact that the Reds were also well placed in third. This set the scene for greatest Premier League match of all-time, as Newcastle bounced back from an early Robbie Fowler goal to lead 2-1 at the break. Second-half strikes were exchanged before Liverpool equalised late on, and the evergreen John Barnes provided an exquisite assist for Stan Collymore to strike the winner in stoppage time.
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Manchester United 5 (2001)
The Manchester United team of 2001 was an unusual proposition, featuring an unusual system, defensive frailties and a the struggle of attempting to accommodate international legends Laurent Blanc and Juan Sebastian Veron. The side blew hot and cold throughout the season, including during one memorable game at White Hart Lane in September. Exposed by the pace and power of Les Ferdinand in attack, United trailed 3-0 at half-time before Andy Cole reduced the arrears in the first minute of the second-half. The much-maligned Blanc and Ruud Van Nistelrooy drew United level, before a sublime Veron goal and a stunning strike by David Beckham sealed a wonderful comeback.
Manchester City 3 QPR 2 (May 2012)
Going into the final game of the 2011-12 season, Manchester City led rivals United by a single point and were just one win away from their first Premier League title. The fact that there were playing struggling QPR seemed to help their cause, although the presence of former City manager and United legend Mark Hughes seemed to add drama to an already fraught occasion. Despite a nervous City taking the lead through Pablo Zabaleta, Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie struck in the second-half to stun the home crowd, all the while Manchester United were leading at Sunderland. City were still losing in stoppage time as United claimed victory and put one hand on the trophy, before an Edin Dzeko header and Sergio Aguero’s stunning last minute winner won the league for the Citizens. Perhaps the most dramatic game on the list, it is worthy of inclusion if only for Martin Tyler’s iconic commentary on Sky Sports.