Top 10 London Derbies of the 2013/14 Premier League Season
The Premier League's best entertainment extends to far more than just that of England's capital, but London and its inhabiting clubs have a certain allure to their fixtures by way of geographical location.
Of course, the most celebrated of their fixtures are those of the inner-city derbies, namely Arsenal and Tottenham's North London rivalry as well as Fulham and Chelsea's West London feud—and that's just accounting for top-flight duels.
However, here we look at a more encompassing countdown of the best clashes displayed between London outfits so far this league season, with West Ham and Crystal Palace also being taken into account.
Competitive value, scoreline and particularly heated collisions are just some of the factors that have been taken into account with our rankings.
If you feel there are any glaring omissions or disagree with the rankings in any way, let us know in the comments section below.
10. West Ham 3-0 Fulham
Date: Nov. 30, 2013
West Ham earned just their second home win of the 2013-14 season in extremely encouraging fashion, beating Fulham 3-0 at home after a battle of East versus West in late November.
Extending the winless run of Martin Jol's side to five on the trot, Sam Allardyce's men relied on some of the old guard as Coles—both Joe and Carlton—added finishes on top of Mohamed Diame's 47th-minute strike to heap more woe on the Cottagers.
One-sided affairs don't always make for the best drama, but considering West Ham had won just two games prior to this encounter, it was a big step in the fight against relegation to see the Hammers knocking away at their opponents' goal so frequently.
In the end, Fulham looked limp. However, Jol's loss was Allardyce's gain, and a trio of goals as well as a clean sheet were the beginning of something more hopeful for the East Londoners.
9. Crystal Palace 1-4 Fulham
Date: Oct. 24, 2013
Adrian Mariappa led a Crystal Palace side then still being led by Ian Holloway to believe Fulham may give them cause for joy after scoring after just seven minutes of their collision.
However, it was not meant to be.
The Eagles poked a creature it seems they may have been better off leaving well enough alone, as the Cottagers came back with four goals—two on either side of halftime—to bag a very valuable three points.
Pajtim Kasami set the Selhurst Park visitors on their way, with Steve Sidwell, Dimitar Berbatov and Philippe Senderos also getting in on the action to hand Fulham what remains the only result in which they've bagged more than two goals this term.
8. Fulham 1-3 Chelsea
Date: March 1, 2014
Andre Schurrle gave Jose Mourinho reason to believe there may be an alternative solution to his striking problems after bagging his first Premier League hat-trick against Fulham in March.
The German hit the back of the net three times over the course of 16 minutes, notching his first in the 52nd and his third in the 68th minute.
This victory pulled the Blues four points clear at the top of the Premier League standings and left Fulham on even shakier-looking ground at the opposite end.
However, these Goliath-like maulings of David often prove most entertaining.
The West London rivalry may not be alive and well for much longer if the Cottagers can't complete their attempts at a revival and Chelsea will walk away with the bragging rights intact should Fulham's relegation come to fruition.
7. Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal
Date: March 16, 2014
The North London derby can often be a tetchy affair, and eight yellow cards in the March fixture between Arsenal and Tottenham suggest the two teams' most recent collision was no different.
The misfiring Spurs weren't able to muster the same attacking threat as they have in recent campaigns, and it was instead a thunderous Tomas Rosicky strike in the second minute of the match which proved decisive.
That goal would vie for Goal of the Month, if not Goal of the Season contention, leading Arsenal to their second North London win of the season and extending Arsene Wenger's top-four aspirations for another week.
6. Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham
Date: March 8, 2014
Five yellow cards and one sending-off is a tally indicative of a fiery affair, and that was exactly the result when Chelsea played host to Spurs in early March.
The Blues had managed to weave their way into a 1-0 lead through Samuel Eto'o's second-half strike, but it was a Younes Kaboul foul on Eto'o in the box just four minutes later which really turned the match in favour of the home outfit.
Eden Hazard would convert the resulting spot-kick, which saw Tim Sherwood's centre-back sent off, and Demba Ba would help himself to a couple of goals in the dying minutes, helping prove some of his critics wrong in the process.
Sherwood was inflammatory in describing the quality of his side when compared with Chelsea's in his post-match comments and this display served in showing just how large the gulf between the pedigree of these two sides currently is.
5. Tottenham 0-3 West Ham
Date: Oct. 6, 2013
If there were any one moment in his career where Ravel Morrison looked as though he might be capable of fulfilling his presumed potential as a Premier League superstar, it came during October's 3-0 drubbing of Tottenham.
The youngster's time as a Manchester United, West Ham and now Queens Park Rangers player has been blotted by some shades of politics and uncertainty, but a brilliant solo goal against Spurs confirmed that there's substance underlying.
Allardyce will have had more to smile about than just the starlet's 79th-minute strike, however, as Winston Reid and Ricardo Vaz Te had already helped seal the result in the previous 16 minutes.
The Hammers went from having not scored an away goal so far this term to bagging three in the space of 17 minutes and climbed out of the relegation zone following these vital three points.
4. Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea
Date: March 29, 2014
How poetic it is that just as Chelsea were hoping to stretch the distance between them and the rest of the Premier League's title contenders at the time, a John Terry own goal should prove decisive in their 1-0 defeat to relegation candidates Crystal Palace.
Tony Pulis has shaped this Eagles side into a more stoic and resilient force, but even a win over their West London foes was difficult to contemplate given the context of the two teams' form at the time.
As a result, Jose Mourinho's men were once again brought back down to earth, the title race blown back into open interpretation and Palace's shock win gifting them new hope of top-flight survival.
3. West Ham 1-3 Arsenal
Date: Dec. 26, 2013
It came a day late, but Arsenal found a lump of Cole in their stocking this past Christmas—Carlton, to be exact—after the West Ham veteran opened the scoring for the Upton Park hosts on Dec. 26.
However, Theo Walcott ensured the festive misery wasn't to be long-lived, and finishes on the 68th and 71st minutes saw the Arsenal forward fire his side back into their position as title front-runners, having slipped into second place in the fixture prior to this.
Lukas Podolski was the man who helped Arsenal boost their goal difference just that bit extra, but this outing also left a sour taste in the North Londoners' mouths, as it was in East London that Aaron Ramsey picked up his worst injury of the term.
Having only recently made his comeback to first-team football, the Welshman would go on to miss the next three months or so of the season.
2. Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea
Date: Sept. 28, 2013
Though bloodied from their 1-0 defeat in the North London derby just four weeks earlier, Tottenham bounced back to draw their first match of the campaign in an aggressive back-and-forth with Chelsea.
Fernando Torres saw red in the 81st minute, picking up his second yellow after lashing out at the opponent—Mike Dean's eighth and final caution of the fixture.
Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the White Hart Lane outfit a 1-0 lead after 19 minutes, bundling his way into the Blues box before swiping his left-footed strike past Petr Cech.
However, none other than captain Terry was on hand to skim Chelsea back into the game with his well-executed header on the 65-minute mark.
At the time, both sides were relatively happy with the result. Expectations would undoubtedly be of completely different proportions for each side now.
1. Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal
Date: March 22, 2014
Dealing a monumental blow to any hopes Arsenal may have had in staging a late run at the Premier League title, Chelsea sent a statement of intent to their most intimate rivals thanks to this 6-0 thumping of the North Londoners.
The game's most controversial—or entertaining, depending on one's perspective—moment came when Andre Marriner mistook the offending Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for left-back Kieran Gibbs, wrongly sending off the latter for a handball on the line.
That 15th-minute red card was daunting enough with Arsenal trailing 2-0 after seven minutes, but from there the floodgates were agape.
Hazard, Mohamed Salah, Oscar (twice) and Andre Schurrle each got on the scoreline to prove just how vital Mourinho's creative weapons are to his team's scoring hopes, while Eto'o also kept up his habit of netting at Stamford Bridge.
A massive scoreline, questionable refereeing and title race drama. What more could one ask for in a London derby?