- Playing at home with your fans cheering for you is something special and the motivations normally push players beyond their limits.
- SportsLeo looks at the longest unbeaten home runs in the Premier League.
Liverpool just lost away to Bournemouth to display their poor away games form but despite that, they have built a somewhat good record for their home games this season.
Playing at home with your fans cheering for you is something special and the motivations normally push players beyond their limits.
SportsLeo looks at the longest unbeaten home runs in the Premier League.
Manchester United – 35 games (December 1994-November 1996)
The Premier League’s early seasons were dominated by Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United, who emerged as a dominant force for much of the decade.
With two straight championships under their belts, United was aiming for a three-peat in 1994–95. However, a home loss to Nottingham Forest in December dashed those aspirations, and they ultimately finished second to high-spending Blackburn.
Nonetheless, that setback served as the impetus for a protracted unbeaten streak at Old Trafford, which the team enjoyed for nearly two years before falling to Chelsea in 1996 and regaining the title after an undefeated home season in 1995–96.
Manchester United – 36 games (December 1998-December 2000)
By the start of 2000, Ferguson’s Manchester United team was still the best in England after claiming three consecutive Premier League trophies as well as the renowned continental treble in 1999.
The start of their unbroken home record came during that infamous treble-winning season, with a 3-2 loss to Middlesbrough at home serving as their final game at Old Trafford for nearly two years.
Few clubs could compete with a team that had players like David Beckham, Roy Keane, and Paul Scholes. This was possibly the height of the Ferguson dynasty.
Before losing to arch-rivals Liverpool in 2000, the team went on an incredible 36-game winning streak. Danny Murphy scored the game’s lone goal, one of an amazing three goals he would score at the Theatre of Dreams.
Manchester City – 37 games (December 2010-December 2012)
Manchester City may be solidly established as one of the best football teams in the world right now, but a decade ago, the club had just recently started to come out of the shadows following their billionaire investment.
Roberto Mancini was the one who finally put an end to the team’s trophy and championship droughts. City’s victories were built on a strong home record that saw the team play 37 games without a loss between December 2010 and December 2012.
They went on an almost two-year run after losing to Everton at the Etihad before Robin van Persie’s dramatic injury-time winner gave Manchester rivals United the upper hand in the derby.
During that unbeaten streak, City would, of course, score their own stoppage-time victory, with Sergio Aguero’s legendary goal stealing the championship on the final day of the season against QPR in May 2012.
Liverpool – 68 games (April 2017 – January 2021)
The loss to Burnley marked Liverpool‘s first since former striker Christian Benteke came back to haunt his former colleagues with a brace for Crystal Palace in a 2-1 victory in April 2017. Prior to that, Liverpool had enjoyed a tremendously impressive run at Anfield that lasted more than three and a half years.
Since recovering from the setback, Jürgen Klopp’s club has mainly continued to grow, becoming one of Europe’s top teams and winning the Premier League last season, a year after winning the Champions League.
Prior to Burnley’s memorable three points from what had become the division’s most difficult away trip, the run encompassed three full Premier League seasons without a league loss at Anfield.
The Reds finally won the title after a three-decade wait thanks to their home performance.
Chelsea – 86 games (February 2004 – October 2008)
They won back-to-back championships during their record-breaking run, which started in the final weeks of Claudio Ranieri’s management, continued under the direction of Jose Mourinho during his trophy-laden first stint at Stamford Bridge, and came to an end under the direction of Luiz Felipe Scolari more than four years later.
The last side to defeat the Blues prior to their run was Arsenal’s “Invincibles,” who had an 86-game winning streak until a Xabi Alonso goal for Liverpool in October 2008.
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