In the Premier League there’s one golden rule that most teams try to abide by: you have to win your home games.
Some teams succeed in sticking to this rule, like Chelsea under Jose Mourinho and Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp (up until 2021 of course), and then there are other teams who well…aren’t so successful.
These teams are the teams we are here to talk about today. The teams who, instead of winning their home games, lost them by incredibly embarrassing margins.
Manchester City and Watford, sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Well, in case you missed it, the Sky Blues produced a scintillating display to thump a woeful Hornets side 8-0 at the Etihad this season. When the goals were flying in, it was a distinct case of déjà vu for the fans and players.
That’s because they were blown away by the very same opponents just two years prior, this time on home turf, however. Although, credit where credits due, it wasn’t quite as bad as what they experienced at the start of the 2019/20 season.
Watford suffered their heaviest home defat defeat in the top flight as they conceded six without reply. Sergio Aguero bagged a hat-trick (of course), while Gabriel Jesus, Nicolas Otamendi and Raheem Sterling also got on the scoresheet.
Oh, did we mention that City also hit Watford for six again in the FA Cup final in May 2019? No? Ah, well, it’s safe to say the Hornets probably aren’t the biggest fans of Pep Guardiola and his men.
You know how well a team has played when the opposing manager comes out and reveals that it was the best team performance they had ever seen. That is how Trevor Francis reacted after his side lost 7-1 at home to Nottingham Forest.
Stan Collymore and Bryan Roy were both mesmeric on the day, scoring twice to ensure that their side broke the record for the biggest away win in the Premier League at the time.
A masterful display.
A Championship-bound Hull City had nothing left to play for apart from pride. Harry Kane, meanwhile, had everything left to play for.
Hull fans will have been erm…slightly nervous when they saw Kane grab four goals in his previous game against Leicester City as the Englishman went in search of retaining the Golden Boot.
They were right to have felt that way.
The striker scored a hat-trick at the KCOM Stadium to make it seven goals in two games. And guess what? He did retain the Golden Boot. 29 goals in 30 games, not bad going, Harry.
As for Hull, well, it was a pretty dire way to end their season in the top flight.
The most recent entry on this list, despite their topsy turvy form throughout the 2020/21 Premier League season Liverpool still found the time to thump Palace at Selhurst Park.
Goals from Takumi Minamino, Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and braces from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah saw the Reds run out 7-0 winners on the day.
Nottingham Forest may well have put seven past Sheffield Wednesday four years earlier, but it then became their turn to suffer an utter demolition.
A certain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bagged four goals in the last 11 minutes as Manchester United annihilated Forest. Of course, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were also on hand to get on the scoresheet, as well. It was perhaps one of the most memorable performances as United went on to secure a famous treble.
The great Sir Alex Ferguson went on to praise Solskjaer, calling him ‘amazing’.
It certainly was an outstanding performance and it did hold the record for the biggest away win in the Premier League for a long time. However, the record is no more…
…Enter, Leicester City.
Was anyone expecting this? I highly doubt it.
Sure, Ryan Bertrand got sent off after 12 minutes, but few could have predicted what would happen after that.
Leicester‘s Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy both enjoyed memorable evenings as they each scored hat-tricks, while Ben Chilwell, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison all got in on the rout.
A game for the history books. One both teams will remember for a very, very long time, but for very, very different reasons.