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Premier League’s Longest Unbeaten Run of Each Club
- Updated: January 23, 2020
Liverpool Football Club is currently on a 39-match unbeaten streak which is the second-best ever in the Premier League history after Arsenal’s 49 in the 2003-04 season. While Liverpool’s run is yet to be broken, Arsenals was broken by Manchester United in a match surrounded by multiple controversies. The Reds are currently topping the table with 64 points from 22 games and 21 wins. They last tasted defeat in the league in January 2019 when Manchester City won the game by a 2-1 margin. The Reds, however, have still a long way to go to overtake the Gunners to top the list of the longest unbeaten run of each club in the EPL.
In this article, we will have a look at the longest unbeaten run of each club in the EPL.
20. Brighton (5 games)
Dates spanned: 15/10/2017 – 25/11/2017, 31/01/2018 – 10/03/2018
Ended by: Manchester United (1-0), Everton (2-0)
Manager: Chris Hughton
Brighton’s run of five unbeaten games each was broken by Manchester United (1-0) in the 2017-18 season and Everton (2-0) in the 2018-19 season under Chris Hughton who held onto his chair till May 13, 2018.
The first run of five unbeaten games was between October and November 2017 with two wins and three draws before United came to hurt the Seagulls. The next five-match unbeaten run was between January and March 2018 three wins, including a 2-1 victory over Arsenal, and two draws before Everton ended Brighton’s winning run.
19. Watford (6 games)
Dates spanned: 22/12/2019 – 21/01/2020
Ended by: Aston Villa (2-1)
Manager: Nigel Pearson
Currently placed 19th in the season’s points table, Watford’s best unbeaten run of six games in the premier league came under manager Nigel Pearson who has been the man behind the revival of the club this season. Their run started with a win by 2-0 against Manchester United and they were able to hold onto that run with a draw against the Spurs. Finally, Aston Villa defeated them by 2-1 to end their dream run at Villa Park.
18. Bournemouth (7 games)
Dates spanned: 26/12/2017 – 11/02/2018
Ended by: Huddersfield (4-1)
Manager: Eddie Howe
Bournemouth’s best run came under the coachship of Eddie Howe between December 2017 to February 2018 when they were unbeaten for seven games including four wins and three draws. The impressive wins came against Chelsea and Arsenal. However, Huddersfield Town thrashed them 4-1 to bring an end to their winning run.
17. Sheffield United (8 games)
Dates spanned: 05/03/1994 – 16/04/1994
Ended by: Aston Villa (2-1)
Manager: Dave Bassett
Sheffield United’s best run in an EPL season dates back to the 1990s. Between March and April that year they were unbeaten for 8 games under manager Dave Bassett with impressive wins against Liverpool and Arsenal. They drew six matches before Aston Villa ended their unbeaten run by a 2-1 margin. This was Sheffield United’s longest unbeaten run in the EPL.
16. Crystal Palace (8 games)
Dates spanned: 18/11/2017 – 28/12/2017
Ended by: Arsenal (3-2)
Manager: Roy Hodgson
Palace lost their first seven games in the 2017-18 season. However since Roy Hodgson took over, they had their best unbeaten in the EPL so far. They were unbeaten for eight games including three wins and five draws as they moved upto 16th position on the points table that season. The run was eventually ended by Arsenal just after Christmas.
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15. Burnley (8 games)
Dates spanned: 30/12/2018 – 26/02/2019
Ended by: Newcastle United (2-0)
Manager: Sean Dyche
Though the 2018-19 season was not a good one for Burnley, this season gave them their best unbeaten run in the EPL. They were on an 8-match unbeaten run with three wins and five draws. They drew against Manchester United and beat Tottenham Hotspurs in the meantime before Newcastle United halted their winning run by beating them 2-0 at St James’ Park.
14. Southampton (9 games)
Dates spanned: 23/11/2002 – 18/01/2003
Ended by: Liverpool (1-0)
Manager: Gordon Strachan
In and out of the Premier League in the past, Southampton are now regulars in the league. However, it was back in the 202-03 season that they had their best unbeaten run in the EPL when they went on a nine-match unbeaten streak. It included five wins and four draws when they beat clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea. However, Liverpool ended their unbeaten run by beating them 1-0 at Anfield.
13. West Ham United (10 games)
Dates spanned: 13/02/2016 – 07/05/2016
Ended by: Swansea City (4-1)
Manager: Slaven Bilić
West Ham United’s 10-game unbeaten run came in the latter half of the 2015/16 season as they pushed for a spot in the Europa League. They won five games and drew five in the meantime. Draws came against clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea and Norwich. Swansea City then beat them 4-1 to bring an end to their best unbeaten run in the EPL.
12. Norwich City (10 games)
Dates spanned: 20/10/2012 – 22/12/2012
Ended by: West Bromwich Albion (2-1)
Manager: Chris Hughton
Norwich are fighting against being relegated this season, however, they had their best run in the EP in the 2012 season. They were unbeaten for 10 games which included six wins and four draws. They won at home against Arsenal and Manchester United which boosted their confidence and they were eighth after 10 unbeaten games. West Bromwich Albion then finally brought curtains to their best unbeaten run in the EPL when they beat them 2-1.
11. Wolverhampton Wanderers (11 games)
Dates spanned: 22/09/2019 – 15/12/2019
Ended by: Tottenham Hotspur (2-1)
Manager: Nuno Espírito Santo
Wolves’ 11-match unbeaten streak has been the big reason behind their rise in the points table in the current EPL season. They are currently ranked seventh in the table under Nuno Espírito Santo. five wins and six draws, including a victory over Manchester City at the Etihad helped them bring their season on track. They made up enough for the campaign to not let the 2-1 defeat by Spurs affect them which ended their best unbeaten run in the EPL. Raul Jiminez scored 10 goals in the meantime for his club.
10. Everton (11 games)
Dates spanned: 07/03/2010 – 14/08/2010, 24/03/2012 – 01/09/2012
Ended by: Blackburn Rovers (1-0), West Brom (2-0)
Manager: David Moyes
Everton had two unbeaten runs of 11 games in the EPL, marking their best ever winning run in the EPL. The first run consisted of six wins and five draws including a victory over Manchester City and was brought to an end by Blackburn Rovers. The second run had seven wins and four draws halted by West Brom. Both these runs came under manager David Moyes.
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9. Leicester City (12 games)
Dates spanned: 27/02/2016 – 13/08/2016
Ended by: Hull City (2-1)
Manager: Claudio Ranieri
Leicester City posted their best unbeaten run in the EPL of 12 games when they went onto become the champions in the 2015/16 season under Claudio Ranieri. The Foxes won eight and drew four to close the season including a 1-1 draw with Manchester United. However, they lost 2-1 to Hull City which ended their unbeaten run.
8. Newcastle United (14 games)
Dates spanned: 07/05/2011 – 19/11/2011
Ended by: Manchester City (3-1)
Manager: Alan Pardew
Newcastle’s unbeaten streak of 14 games came across two seasons in 2011. It included eight wins and six draws including positive results against Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs. Ultimately Manchester City ended their dream run at the Ethihad with a 3-1 win.
7. Aston Villa (14 games)
Dates spanned: 02/05/1998 – 21/11/1998
Ended by: Liverpool (4-2)
Manager: Ron Atkinson
Aston Villa had a season to remember in the 1998-99 EPL season. Between May and November 1998, Villa remained unbeaten for 14 games = including 10 wins and 4 draws under manager Ron Atkinson. Their dream run was ended by Liverpool by a 4-2 margin. Things didn’t get better than that for Villa since then as they finished the season on the sixth position.
6. Tottenham Hotspur (14 games)
Dates spanned: 15/08/2015 – 13/12/2015, 23/12/2017 – 14/04/2018
Ended by: Newcastle United (2-1), Manchester City (3-1)
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Spurs had two seasons of 14 unbeaten runs being their best unbeaten run in the EPL. The first streak saw them win six games and draw eight. The second streak saw a much-improved performance from them with 11 wins and three draws including victories over fellow ‘Big Six’ sides Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
5. Manchester United (29 games)
Dates spanned: 26/12/1998 – 03/10/1999, 11/04/2010 – 05/02/2011
Ended by: Chelsea (5-0), Wolves (2-1)
Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson
United had two unbeaten runs of 29 games each under Sir Alex Ferguson both having some role in title-winning campaigns. The first campaign in 1999 saw United win 20 games and draw nine before Chelsea humbled the Red Devils 5-0. The second season saw United win 19 games and draw 10 before Wolves beat them 2-1. United still won the championship that year.
4. Manchester City (30 games)
Dates spanned: 08/04/2017 – 14/01/2018
Ended by: Liverpool (4-3)
Manager: Pep Guardiola
City were unbeaten for 30 games in the 2017-18 season when they went onto win the championship under Pep Guardiola. However, Liverpool ended City’s unbeaten run beating them 4-3 as they won 26 and drew four while remaining unbeaten in the campaign.
3. Liverpool (40 games)
Dates spanned: 12/01/2019 –
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool are currently on a 39-match unbeaten streak in the 2019-2020 EPL season marking their best unbeaten run in the championship. They are unbeaten since January 2019 and have drawn only one game, winning 21 of the 22 league fixtures. The side looks good to win the title this season under Jurgen Klopp after 30 long years.
2. Chelsea (40 games)
Dates spanned: 23/10/2004 – 06/11/2005
Ended by: Manchester United (1-0)
Manager: José Mourinho
Chelsea under Jose Mourinho had an unbeaten run of 40 games in the 2004-05 title-winning season. That remains their best unbeaten run in all EPL seasons. Chelsea won 33 and drew seven games in the meantime and their run was finally brought to an end by Manchester United who beat them 1-0 at Old Trafford.
1. Arsenal (49 games)
Dates spanned: 07/05/2003 – 24/10/2004
Ended by: Manchester United (2-0)
Manager: Arsene Wenger
Arsenal’s 49-match unbeaten run remains the best by any team in an EPL season. They also won the championship that season as well. 36 wins and 13 draws made up a memorable campaign before Manchester United beat them 2-0 in a controversial match which saw Cesc Fabregas allegedly throwing food at Sir Alex Ferguson.