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Four longest winning starts to a Premier League season

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Chelsea – Top of the pile in the 2018/19 Premier League

The 2018/19 Premier League Season has begun with a bang for two clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Both teams sit atop the division with an impressive five wins from five which they will aim to make six from six this weekend versus West Ham United and Southampton respectively.

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Liverpool – Enjoying their best ever start to a Premier League season

But how important is a winning start to where a team ends the season?

Well, only four teams have ever won more consecutive Premier League matches to start a Premier League season and this slideshow documents how they fared.

=2 Manchester City (6 wins, 2016/17)

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Pep Guardiola – Made an impressive start to life as Manchester City boss

Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge of the Sky Blues began with a bang as they racked up six consecutive wins to kick off the new era in style, including a 2-1 victory over city rivals, Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Who ended the run?

Tottenham. Spurs defeated City 2-0 at White Hart Lane, to end the unbeaten run.

Where did they finish?

For the first time in Guardiola’s career, he ended a season with no silverware whatsoever.

City finished third in the League, a massive 15 points behind Champions Chelsea. City’s early season conquerors, Spurs, finished second.


=2 Chelsea (6 wins, 2009/10)

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Chelsea – 2009/10 Premier League Champions

However, you can only beat what is put in front of you and their excellent start was the beginning of a terrific season for the Blues.

Who ended the run?

Wigan Athletic. In a shocking upset, it was relegation contenders, the Latics who ended Chelsea’s run with an impressive 3-1 win at the DW Stadium.

Where did they finish?

Champions. Chelsea beat Manchester United to the League title by a single point and also won the FA Cup overcoming Portsmouth 1-0.

=2 Newcastle (6 wins, 1994/95)

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Andy Cole – A big part of Newcastle United’s early season success

Kevin Keegan’s exciting Newcastle United team began the 1994/95 season in style, completing six consecutive victories racking up an impressive 22 goals with star striker Andy Cole netting six of them.

Who ended the run?

Liverpool. The Reds earned a 1-1 draw at St. James’s Park with Ian Rush scoring a 70th-minute equaliser cancelling out Rob Lee’s opener. However, Newcastle still remained a force in the title race and did not lose a match until the end of October, when Manchester United defeated them 2-0 at Old Trafford.

Where did they finish?

Despite their incredible start, Newcastle’s season tailed off badly and they only managed to finish sixth.

Part of the reason was the inexplicable mid-season sale of Cole in January to United, which saw United miss out on the League title by a single point whereas Newcastle only won nine of their 20 League fixtures following Cole’s sale to finish 17 points off 1st and miss out on Europe by one point.

#1 Chelsea (9 wins, 2005/06)

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Chelsea – Dominated the competition in 2005/06

Jose Mourinho’s hugely dominant Chelsea side unsurprisingly top this list. Mourinho – a master front-runner ensured his team got their points on the board early.

Who ended the run?

Everton. A James Beattie penalty put the Merseysiders ahead at Goodison Park before a deflected Frank Lampard strike squared the game and preserved Chelsea’s unbeaten run but ended their record winning start.

However, they would go on to win a further six games in a row to top the table with 15 wins from 16 games as the imperious Londoners marched towards the title.

Where did they finish?

Champions. It wasn’t even close. Mourinho’s men won the title at a canter, finishing eight points clear of rivals Manchester United.

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