The Three Biggest EPL Upsets Of This Season
May 24, 2016
The Premier League season has come to an end now, with the established order of things having been destroyed and the nation’s elite clubs left out in the cold after Leicester’s historic Premier League triumph.
As you would expect from a season of surprises, it makes sense that we should have seen some stunning results along the way. To commemorate this, the team at BetHut have selected their three favourite upsets and earmarked the results that represent this most exciting of seasons…
Manchester City 1 Leicester City 3
On the face of it, it seems strange to describe a game where the eventual champions won 3-1 away from home as an upset. At this stage at the season, however, the wheels were still expected to come off Leicester’s title challenge, especially with the Foxes travelling to the Emirates Stadium one week later.
This was the game that shocked the world and established Leicester as the title favourites, however, as they thrashed mega-bucks City 3-1 with a devastating display of focus, defensive organisation and rapid counter-attacking. As comfortable as they were imperious, Leicester overcame the Citizens in a way that was scarcely believable given the nature of both clubs.
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Leicester City 1
Back in January, Spurs were close to being frustrated by a dogged Leicester side that was looking to regain its goal scoring touch after the festive period. With the game goalless heading into the final 10 minutes, Tottenham were bemoaning their luck after firing 21 fruitless attempts on the Foxes’ goal.
Things were to get worse in the 83rd minute, however, as defender Robert Huth rose to head home Christian Fuchs’ corner and earn all three points for Leicester. This seemed like a remarkable result at the time, while it also established a seven-point gap between the two clubs that ultimately proved crucial in the title race.
Chelsea 0 Bournemouth 1
By the time Bournemouth visited Stamford Bridge in December, reigning champions Chelsea were already 17 points off the top, 11 away from the top four and just three above the relegation zone. Bournemouth were hardly setting the world alight either, however, so many saw this as the ideal chance for the Blues to regain their form.
After a frustrating and goalless 81 minutes, however, Cherries striker Glenn Murray headed home after Chelsea failed to clear a corner to earn an incredible win. Not only was this the biggest result in Bournemouth’s history, but it was also the first time since April 2001 that a newly-promoted side had beaten the Blues at home.