Top Eight Premier League Title Races
The Premier League is well renowned for it's drama and never is that more evident than when things heat up in the title race at the end of a season. FREEbets.org.uk look back at the eight best run-ins in the league’s history.
8. 2008/09 Liverpool lose out to United
Liverpool lost just twice all season but they were still unable to secure their first ever Premier League title. Manchester United ultimately proved too strong and though Sir Alex's men had Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez and Berbatov, it was their defence that impressed that year, going 14 games without conceding a Premier League goal between November and February. Rafa Benitez's side and in particular Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, were sensational that season and a 4-1 victory away to United blew the race wide open. Benitez will perhaps be most remembered for his infamous 'facts' rant aimed at Sir Alex Ferguson and after that press conference, Liverpool's title hopes took a hit. A string of draws mid-season cost the Spaniard but this was one of the highest quality run-ins in Premier League history. Liverpool won 10 and drew one of their last 11 games; United won eight of their last nine, though, to lift the trophy yet again.
7. 2007/08 Chelsea cannot catch United
The season in which Jose Mourinho first departed the Bridge saw him replaced with the then relatively unknown figure of Avram Grant. Despite a slow start to the season, the Israeli settled into the hot-seat well and an impressive run saw Chelsea right back in title contention. A Michael Ballack double secured a 2-1 victory over title rivals Manchester United with just two games to go saw the sides level on points. Although his one went down to the final game of the season but it turned out to be not quite as exciting as it could have been. United claimed a relatively comfortable 0-2 win at Wigan whilst Chelsea could only draw with Bolton, this left the Red Devils grasping the Premier League trophy, two points ahead of their London rivals. United would also claim further silverware over the Blues that season when the two sides met in the Champions League final. John Terry missed the opportunity to get his hands on the trophy before an Edwin van der Saar save from Nicolas Anelka in the shooutout wrapped up United's double.
6. 2009/10 United cannot catch Chelsea
Once again it was Chelsea and Manchester United involved in a two-way tussle at the top of the table. Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea side were a formidable force that season and seemed to be scoring at will and it was them who claimed a crucial 2-1 win at Old Trafford to put themselves in the box seat. However much like two years previously the title race went to the last day of the season but this time it was United doing the chasing and hoping Chelsea would slip-up at the final hurdle. The Blues did no such thing though, trouncing Wigan 8-0 at home and edging out their rivals by a point. That win took Chelsea's total Premier League goal tally for the season to 103 and incredibly was the sixth time they scored five or more goals in a league game.
5. 1998/99 United capitalise on Arsenal stumble
A season that saw Aston Villa lead the way at the turn of the year as well as Chelsea compete in the pre-Roman Abramovich era, ultimately boiled down to a two-horse race between Arsenal and Manchester United. After reeling in United the previous season, the Gunners looked on course for back-to-back titles for much of the season but their loss to Leeds in the penultimate match of the season gave United the advantage at the crucial point. The Red Devils played Spurs on the final day, with many Arsenal fans going as far as publicly stating they were supporting their North London rivals for the day! United went a goal behind but recovered to win 2-1 and claim the Premier League by one point, to complete the first stage of that year's memorable treble.