After Manchester City ran riot against Watford at the weekend there was a lot of talk of what might have been had Aguero, De Bruyne and co took more of the opportunities created at The Etihad.
5 goals up inside the opening 18 minutes set everyone calculators going and must have had the Watford board frantically making calls to every ex-Manager they still had in their contact book.
69% possession and 28 efforts on Ben Foster’s goal throughout the 90mins. The stats suggest that the side from Hertfordshire were lucky to escape the North West with just single figures in the goals against column.
As the Man City fans so creatively put it during the 2nd half “who put the ball in the Watford net? Half the f*****g team did”
City have now beaten the Hornets in their last 12 meetings stretching back to 2013, scoring a ridiculous 46 goals in the process.
Imagine seeing your team played off the park in a cup final losing 6-0 only to face the same side a few months later and it turn out to be a more embarrassing situation.
Seeing all of the goal updates come through thick and fast on Saturday afternoon got us thinking where the final score ranked in terms of defeats in the top English division. So just where does the 8-0 drubbing handed out by Pep Guardiola’s men sit in the list of the biggest ever Premier League defeats?
Man Utd 9-0 Ipswich (March 1995)
5 goals for Andy Cole secured the Premier League’s biggest ever win over a dismal Ipswich side at Old Trafford back in the 94/95 season.
29 defeats in the campaign for Town as Utd went onto finish runners up behind Blackburn Rovers.
Mark Hughes, Paul Ince and Roy Keane also added their names to the scoresheet.
Tottenham 9-1 Wigan (November 2009)
Wigan at least managed a consolation goal in this game to keep them off joint top spot with Ipswich.
Jermain Defoe equalled Andy Cole’s record of 5 goals in a single game during this demolition.
Crouch, Lennon, Bentley and Kranjcar completed the rout. Austrian Paul Scharner netted for Athletic in case you were wondering.
Man City 8-0 Watford (September 2019)
As recent as the weekend just passed so will be fresh in the mind.
David Silva opened the scoring in the 1st minutes before an Aguero penalty finished the game as the early as the 7th minute.
Bernardo Silva helped himself to a hat-trick with Mahrez, Otamendi and a late De Bruyne strike made it a shocker for Quique Sánchez Flores’ and his backroom staff.
City could even leave the likes of Sterling on the bench, it could have been worse Hornets’ fans.
Newcastle 8-0 Sheff Wed (September 1999)
There seems to be a pattern of a seasoned England striker scoring 5 in these types of games, Alan Shearer was deadly in front of goal this time around.
Aaron Hughes, Kieron Dyer and the late Gary Speed were the other scorers as Wednesday capitulated at St James’ Park.
Sir Bobby’s opening home match in charge of the club he loved and they made it a special one.
Chelsea 8-0 Wigan (May 2010)
Look away now Wigan fans, you’re on the receiving end once more.
Chelsea kicked off knowing a victory would seal top spot and end Man Utd’s title dominance.
An early strike from Anelka set the tone before Lampard, Kalou, Drogba got in on the act. Even Ashley Cole scored at the death to condemn the Latics to another heavy defeat in London.
They did however to survive relegation despite looking favourites for the drop in the week previous.
Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa (December 2012)
A 2nd appearance on the list for the blues, this time Aston Villa were on the receiving end of result to forget when departing Stamford Bridge.
Torres, David Luiz, Ivanovic, Lampard, Ramires, Oscar and Hazard did the damage to Brad Guzan’s back as the American spent most of the day collecting the ball from his net.
A star-studded Chelsea side led by now manager Frank Lampard demolished the side from the Midlands.
23rd December made it a tough Christmas dinner to swallow for Villa fans.
Southampton 8-0 Sunderland (October 2014)
The one that escaped our memory.
Three (yes three) own goals in this one.
Vergini, Bridcutt and Van Aanholt all put through their own net
Saints Pelle x 2, Cork, Tadic and Wanyama increased the pressure on Gus Poyet on what would have been a long journey home.
Dutchman Dick Advocaat was brought in later in the season to complete the great escape with the Mackems.
Do you remember any of these games?
With Man City and Liverpool looking in fine form once again this season it’s fair to expect another few hidings handed out before now and the end of May.
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