FourFourTwo's best 100 Premier League matches ever: 80-71

Onwards with unlikely winners, title triumphs and a beauty from a left-back

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Words: Gary Parkinson, Rik SharmaJake GableJamie OrrellDan Caw.

80. Sheff United 6-0 Tottenham, 02/03/1993

Spurs arrived at Bramall Lane off the back of six straight wins, and were looking to go fourth in the Premier League (though this was in the days before that meant anything). Conversely, the Blades had just lost 3-2 at Southampton and dropped into the bottom three.

Sheffield United manager Dave Bassett rang the changes – seven to be precise – but not even the most ardent Blades fan would have given their side hope of a comfortable win. The catalyst for the rout was Franz Carr, who ran rings around the Spurs defence on what was a rare impressive showing for the midfielder in a Blades shirt. Carr scored twice and laid on two more as Spurs were comprehensively and surprisingly put to the sword. DC

79. Man United 1-2 Bolton, 20/10/2001

After winning their first three league games, top-flight newbies Bolton had only gained three points from their next six, culminating in a 4-0 home hammering by Newcastle.

They could have done without a trip to the team their fans hate more than any other, and although United rotated on the weekend between Champions League group games, they still started with 11 internationals and took the lead through £28.1m Juan Sebastian Veron's unstoppable free-kick.

Bolton's new signing was a loanee, French centre-back Bruno N'Gotty, and his floated cross was nodded down by Michael Ricketts for Kevin Nolan to sweetly volley home. United pressed, Jussi Jaaskelainen pulling out what proved to be the BBC's Save of the Season with a double stop from Paul Scholes and Andy Cole, but Bolton rallied and with six minutes left Ricketts controlled a clearance, outmuscled Wes Brown and drove past Fabien Barthez for his sixth goal of a season that would bring him England recognition – and Bolton fans memories to treasure. GP

Jussi Jaaskelainen

78. Arsenal 4-0 Everton, 03/05/1998

Victory against Everton would ensure the Gunners wrapped up their first-ever Premier League title in front of their own fans at Highbury.

Having seen Arsene Wenger’s side raced into a 3-0 lead though a Slaven Bilic own goal and a double from flying Dutchman Marc Overmars, Arsenal fans were already getting the party started. Then Steve Bould delicately chipped a through ball for legendary captain Tony Adams to blast home and put the icing on the cake.

It encapsulated the way Wenger's continental revolution had even spread as far as the English yeomen at the back. As Martin Tyler enthused, “Would you believe it?” MV

77. Newcastle 8-0 Sheff Weds, 19/09/1999

It was a game between the Premier League’s bottom two, but the sides looked worlds apart on a memorable afternoon at St James’ Park. Sir Bobby Robson had taken the reins from Ruud Gullit just a week earlier and promised to get England captain Alan Shearer scoring again.

Big Al duly obliged in what was Sir Bobby's first home game. Newcastle’s No.9 netted five of United’s eight to kick-start the season for himself and his team. Robson led Newcastle into the Champions League just two years later, by which time Wednesday were languishing towards the bottom of what is now the Championship. JO

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