The Premier League’s long­est win­ning streaks

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS - LON­DON: 11 wins: Chelsea (April-Septem­ber 2009) 11 wins: Chelsea (Septem­ber-De­cem­ber 2016) 11 wins: Manch­ester United (De­cem­ber 2008-March 2009) 11 wins: Liver­pool (Fe­bru­ary-April 2014) 11 wins: Manch­ester City (April-Septem­ber 2015) 12 wins: Manch­ester U

Premier League lead­ers Chelsea set a new club record at the week­end by reg­is­ter­ing an 11th con­sec­u­tive league win within the same sea­son for the first time. Here are the long­est win­ning streaks since Eng­land’s top flight was re­launched as the Premier League in 1992:

The 2008-09 sea­son was a tu­mul­tuous one for Chelsea, with Luiz Felipe Sco­lari sacked as man­ager in Fe­bru­ary af­ter only seven months in charge. But the team re­cov­ered form un­der in­terim man­ager Guus Hid­dink and fin­ished the sea­son with a run of five suc­ces­sive wins. Sco­lari’s per­ma­nent suc­ces­sor, Carlo Ancelotti, picked up where Hid­dink had left off, over­see­ing six straight wins at the start of a sea­son that would end with a free-scor­ing Chelsea team crowned league cham­pi­ons and FA Cup win­ners.

The seeds for Chelsea’s cur­rent run of wins were sown dur­ing a 3-0 de­feat at Arse­nal in late Septem­ber, when new man­ager An­to­nio Conte switched to his pre­ferred 3-4-3 for­ma­tion. The west Lon­don club have since been un­stop­pable, no­tably beat­ing Manch­ester United (4-0), Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur (2-1) and Manch­ester City (31), mov­ing seven points clear at the league sum­mit.

Be­gin­ning with a 1-0 vic­tory at Stoke City on Box­ing Day, Alex Fer­gu­son’s United went on a run of 11 con­sec­u­tive wins that shot them to the top of the ta­ble. They kept clean sheets in the first nine games, won six matches 1-0 and only con­ceded two goals over the en­tire run. The se­quence came to a jud­der­ing halt in a 4-1 home de­feat by Liver­pool, which was fol­lowed by a 2-0 loss at Ful­ham. But a sub­se­quent burst of seven wins car­ried Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and his team-mates to a third con­sec­u­tive ti­tle. Liver­pool’s 24-year wait for the league ti­tle ap­peared des­tined to come to an end as a team spear­headed by Luis Suarez and Daniel Stur­ridge rat­tled off a se­ries of thrilling vic­to­ries in the English spring of 2014. Their vic­tims in­cluded Arse­nal (5-1), Manch­ester United (3-0) and ti­tle ri­vals Manch­ester City (3-2). But Bren­dan Rodgers’s side were to come un­stuck in a 2-0 home de­feat against Chelsea, with Steven Ger­rard’s un­for­tu­nate slip gift­ing Demba Ba a goal that opened the door for City to claim the ti­tle.

City lost their ti­tle to Chelsea the following sea­son, but they fin­ished that cam­paign like a train, win­ning their last six fix­tures. Manuel Pel­le­grini’s men be­gan the sub­se­quent cam­paign in equally im­pres­sive fash­ion, win­ning their first five games with­out con­ced­ing a goal, but would ul­ti­mately fin­ish fourth.

United roared to the fin­ish line in the 1999-2000 ti­tle race, win­ning their fi­nal 11 games and end­ing the cam­paign with a record 18-point ad­van­tage over near­est ri­vals Arse­nal. They scored 37 goals in the process, in­clud­ing seven in a 7-1 de­mo­li­tion of West Ham United in which Paul Sc­holes claimed a hat-trick. The following sea­son be­gan with a 2-0 win over New­cas­tle United and would once again end with United top of the pile.

Arse­nal set a record for the most wins within a sin­gle Premier League sea­son (13) and the most suc­ces­sive wins in the his­tory of the English top flight (14) as they romped to a se­cond league and FA Cup dou­ble un­der Arsene Wenger. Fourth in the ta­ble in early Fe­bru­ary, Arse­nal tore to the front with a run of 11 wins on the spin be­fore se­cur­ing the ti­tle with a 1-0 suc­cess at the home of ti­tle ri­vals Manch­ester United. They fin­ished the sea­son by beat­ing Ever­ton 4-3 at High­bury and opened their ti­tle de­fence with a 2-0 win over Birm­ing­ham City be­fore draw­ing 2-2 at West Ham.—AFP

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