The Highest Scoring Matches in Premiership History
After the demolition of Wigan by a rampant Jemain Defoe and Tottenham Hotspur's side, I thought it would be interesting to look back at some of the Premiership's other goal-fests.
There have been two other strikers apart from Defoe that have scored five goals in the Premier League, Andy Cole for Manchester United and Alan shearer for Newcastle United but were they in the highest-scoring games?
Portsmouth 7, Reading 4 – September 2007
A tale of two halves. The first half of this clash was pretty common fare with Pompey leading 2-1 at the half.
The second half was far from commonplace with another eight goals been scored, along with two own goals and a missed penalty and Portsmouth's Benjani scoring a hat trick.
Tottenham Hotspurs 9, Wigan Athletic 1 - November 2009
Harry Redknapp's boys certainly took Wigan to the cleaners in no uncertain terms, with five goals from Spurs. Jemain Defoe didn't give Wigan a chance, cementing his claim as the Premiership's top striker for the season.
Manchester United 9, Ipswich Town 0 - March 1995
The absolute drubbing that Ipswich receive against Manchester United that day was the highest home victory in Premier League history. Andy Cole was on fire scoring five goals in the game.
The only real surprise was that it took Manchester United 15 minutes to open the scoring.
Nottingham Forest 1, Manchester United 8 - February 1999
The Reds are again in our list this time as the holders of the highest away victory. They were cruising to a comfortable 4-1 victory when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came on with approximately 10 minutes left on the clock and destroyed Forest with four goals before the final whistle. Needless to say, Sir Alex Ferguson gave him the match ball.
Blackburn 7, Sheffield Wednesday 2 – August 1997
If you were late getting to your seat that August afternoon you would probably missed four goals, with Blackburn taking a 3-1 lead.
The Wednesday just couldn't make it back into the game after such a frenetic start and went in at halftime five goals to one down. The second half was a lacklustre performance in comparison, with only three more goals scored by both sides.
Tottenham 7, Southampton 2 – March 2000
Despite the Saints leading twice in the game they were staring down the barrel of a 4-2 deficit at halftime. A sublime David Ginola was involved in four goals, with Steffen Iversen scoring a hat trick.
Unfortunately for Glenn Hoddle's Southampton, they were completely outclassed by his old club.
Arsenal 5, Tottenham 4 – November 2004
In a classic North London derby you expect passion and dogged determination with a fair amount of skill; what you don't expect is nine goals.
On this day that is what you got in a fantastic display from both sides. Spurs were all over the first half but could only go in to the dressing room tied at one all.
The second half was end to end with the Gunners coming out on top with Ljungberg and Pires giving them a two-goal lead before Kanoute’s last-minute goal, but it was too little too late for Spurs.
Newcastle United 8, Sheffield Wednesday 0 - September 1999
In 1999, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United were in the Premiership, but not for too much longer for Wednesday, who were relegated that season.
Wednesday were destroyed by Alan Shearer's Newcastle United at St James' Park with Newcastle skipper Shearer scoring five goals in the rout.