Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Season Of Sixes But Nine Goals At Old Trafford Still The Record To Beat

What an amazing start to the new Premier League 2010/2011 season! Defending champions, Chelsea kicked off their campaign with two successive 6-0 wins, prompting Carlo Ancelotti to declare that Chelsea are playing "Playstation football" at the moment. It's not the first time the Blues have thumped Wigan - last season they put eight past Roberto Martinez' Latics.

While it's true that West Brom and Wigan are among the relegation strugglers in the Premiership, to score six goals in two matches (and not conceding) is a feat to be lauded in any league. Not to be outdone, Arsenal blasted six of their own against Blackpool last weekend. Theo Walcott's second and third goal were reminiscent of a former French Arsenal legend. Will this season be the one in which Theo finally fulfills Wenger's belief that he can be a devastating striker?

And if three 6-0 matches were not freaky enough, newly promoted Newcastle decided to join the club with an emphatic six goal salvo against the Villans. Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan clearly enjoyed their return to Premiership football scoring three goals between the two of them. Aspiring Toon legend, Andy Carroll opened his Premiership account with an impressive hattrick. All three goals were despatched with his left foot.

So far, six goals have been the highest winning margin this season. I'd imagine that could be surpassed since Chelsea and Manchester United are yet to meet Blackpool. But would the Premiership highest scoreline fall this season? Chelsea came close last season, scoring eight against Wigan, one short of the Premiership record held by Manchester United.

Manchester United beat Ipswich Town 9-0 in a 1994-1995 Premier League match at Old Trafford. A match in which Andy Cole scored five goals. The video, though grainy, shows us what a great team Sir Alex Ferguson had at that time and the rise of Manchester United as the dominant force in Premiership football.

Prior to the Premier League, Liverpool recorded their biggest ever First Division win against Crystal Palace, also by a nine goal scoreline. Eight Liverpool players scored on that night, which was another record. Liverpool went on to win their last league championship in that 1989-1990 season. It has been twenty years of hurt and frustration as the Red Devils inched their way to match Liverpool's 18-title haul.

Will the record of nine goals still stand as the highest winning margin? With five amazing strikers in Rooney, Berbatov, Hernandez, Owen and Macheda, Manchester United have West Brom and Blackpool to try and extend the record that they currently hold. If the Red Devils fall short, perhaps their Blue city rivals will pick up the gauntlet and put one over their neighbours. Tevez, Roque, Adebayor, Balotelli and Robinho are well capable of  scoring big against Blackpool, Wigan and West Brom.

This 15-year record is ready to fall....or is it?

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