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Premier League: The 5 Most Exciting Title Races


Premier League: The 5 Most Exciting Title Races

The Premier League has spoiled us with some topnotch football action since its advent in the early 90’s, which is why SBOBET football fans are more than eager for its impending return.

A huge part of the fun in watching the English top-flight is the title races that have occurred, as champions are decided from the slightest of margins and results in the final matchday.

The quest for glory is as unpredictable as it gets in these tight title races. A slip-up or a fortuitous run here or there can usually turn things around for certain clubs.

Last season, Manchester City nabbed their second straight title and only one point separated between them and Liverpool. However, this campaign is totally different as Liverpool dominated the playing field and are already considered champions-elect based on our Premier League 2020 odds.

As we continue to wait for more Premier League 2020 updates, let’s go back to memory lane as we list some of the exciting title races here in the Premier League.

Manchester City vs. Manchester United (2011/12)

With six games to go, the Sky Blues’ chances of winning their first championship since 1968 looked bleak when the Red Devils had an eight-point advantage in the standings, although they defeated them at Old Trafford earlier that season with a 6-1 tally.

However, Manchester City rallied back to overturn the deficit and it all boiled down to what was a very tense final matchday of the league.

Manchester United could feel the title on their grasp when they defeated Sunderland 1-0 and a loss by Manchester City would seal the deal.

In their final game against QPR, the Sky Blues took an early lead via a goal from Pablo Zabaleta. But after leading 1-0 coming into the second half, QPR equalised through Djibril Cisse’s amazing effort to track down the ball after Joleon Lescott couldn’t control his header for clearance.

Joey Barton was sent off when he elbowed Carlos Tevez, leaving QPR to only 10 men. However, Jamie Mackie pulled off the improbable for the Park Rangers when they took a 2-1 lead late.

Manchester City needed a miracle during stoppage time as the title was slipping out of their hands. Eventually, they got the heroes that they needed in Edin Dzeko and all-time star Sergio Aguero in what was such a crazy sequence.

That was probably the best title race we’ve seen for this decade.

Manchester United vs. Newcastle United (1995/96)

A stacked Newcastle United squad squandered a big lead 24 years ago in the Premier League.

The Magpies were enjoying a 12-point lead ahead of Manchester United because of the way they’ve been playing all season led by the likes of David Ginola, Peter Beardsley, and Les Ferdinand.

But after five losses in eight matches, which included a crucial defeat against Alex Ferguson’s men at 1-0, United came roaring back and the Magpies couldn’t recover from there.

A 4-3 loss against Liverpool in Anfield sealed Newcastle’s fate in the last matchday, which included a unforgettable post-match meltdown by manager Kevin Keegan.

Arsenal vs. Manchester United (1997/98)

While Newcastle United was on the wrong end of a comeback, Arsenal did just the opposite after a slow start to the season in 1998.

After falling behind the league leaders in Manchester United, the Gunners went on an unprecedented 18-game winning streak, winning the league by only a point.

The biggest game during that run was when they defeated the Red Devils at Old Trafford. Marc Overmars scored the only goal for a 1-0 win, but he did get a lot of support from Patrick Vieira, Tony Adams, and Dennis Bergkamp.

This league win ushered the dawn of a new era in the Premier League especially since the Gunners became an incredible club that broke many records in the early 2000’s.

Manchester United vs. Arsenal (1998/99)

The Red Devils would exact their revenge against the Gunners having learned their lesson in the last term.

The title race went down to the wire once more up until the final matchday. Manchester United pushed and took advantage when Arsenal lost against Leeds United as they mustered a 2-1 comeback win against Tottenham on their end.

What made the 1999 season even more special for the Red Devils is that they were able to win a rare treble that year. Along with the Premier League title, they also took home the FA Cup and the European Cup.

Blackburn Rovers vs. Manchester United (1994/95)

The Blackburn Rovers snapped their 67-year title drought when they leapfrogged Manchester United 25 years ago.

They were led by the league’s top goalscorer of all-time in Alan Shearer, who found the back of the net 34 times during that season.

Like the other title races here in this list, the Rovers waited until the final matchday to be crowned as the new kings of England.

It didn’t help their chances when Kenny Dalgish’s side lost 2-1 to Liverpool, which meant that Manchester United needed to secure a win against West Ham United in order to steal the trophy.

Thankfully for them, the Red Devils only managed to score a draw against West Ham, which effectively gave the Rovers the 1995 Premier League championship.

 

 


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