Ranked! The 7 most entertaining fixtures in the Premier League – and when they’re being played in 2019/20

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7. West Ham vs Manchester United, London Stadium 

Sunday 22nd September, 2pm

A fixture that’s always good for an ‘upset’, with the visitors winning just two of their last seven league trips to east London. Recent editions have seen Wayne Rooney’s halfway-line wonder goal, West Ham’s dramatic comeback in the last game at the Boleyn Ground, and one of the final nails in Jose Mourinho’s coffin at Old Trafford.

In general, West Ham have a tendency to either really turn up or blow up, and September’s game could prove a good indicator of where Manuel Pellegrini’s side – not to mention Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s – is at. 

Last six results: 

March 2014 – West Ham 0-2 Man United

February 2015 – West Ham 1-1 Man United

May 2016 – West Ham 3-2 Man United

January 2017 – West Ham 0-2 Man United

May 2018 – West Ham 0-0 Man United

September 2018 – West Ham 3-1 Man United 

6. Liverpool vs Crystal Palace, Anfield 

Saturday 21st March, 3pm

A game that should be a routine win for Liverpool has been anything but for the last six years. Aside from the obvious headline of Palace winning at Anfield for three years in a row, and threatening Liverpool’s unbeaten home record last season, so many subplots have come to the fore in this particular fixture.

It has facilitated Luis Suarez returning from his biting ban, Steven Gerrard’s last game at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp’s first loss as Liverpool manager and, perhaps most surprising of them all, Christian Benteke scoring a brace.

Last six results: 

October 2013 – Liverpool 3-1 Crystal Palace 

May 2015 – Liverpool 1-3 Crystal Palace

November 2015 – Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace 

April 2017 – Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace

August 2017 – Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace

January 2019 – Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace 

5. Manchester City vs Chelsea, Etihad Stadium

Saturday 23rd November, 3pm*

Not always a guarantee of goals, but often fiery and normally relevant - these two have arguably been the dominant forces in the Premier League over the last decade. Chelsea are a bit of an unknown quantity under Frank Lampard, but the man who spent a year at the Etihad would love to get a marquee result in a fixture of this magnitude. Plus, any points City have even a slight chance of dropping could have major ramifications in the title race. 

*Likely to change for television

Last six results: 

Feb 2014 – Man City 0-1 Chelsea

Sep 2014 – Man City 1-1 Chelsea

Aug 2015 – Man City 3-0 Chelsea

Dec 2016 – Man City 1-3 Chelsea

Mar 2018 – Man City 1-0 Chelsea

Feb 2019 – Man City 6-0 Chelsea

4. Manchester City vs Tottenham, Etihad Stadium

Saturday 17th August, 5:30pm

The first major clash of the season to have ramifications at the top, and a repeat of the extraordinary Champions League quarter-final in April. Excluding 2018/19’s Lord Mayor’s Show follow-up, the last five league iterations have produced 23 goals and all three possible results, so it's a rare fixture when every outcome feels genuinely possible.

VAR drama might rear its head again now that it's implemented in the Premier League, having disallowed the strike Raheem Sterling believed had made it 5-3 to City earlier this year. 

Last six results:

November 2013 – Man City 6-0 Spurs

October 2014 – Man City 4-1 Spurs

February 2016 – Man City 1-2 Spurs

January 2017 – Man City 2-2 Spurs

December 2017 – Man City 4-1 Spurs

April 2019 – Man City 1-0 Spurs

3. Everton vs Bournemouth, Goodison Park and Vitality Stadium 

Sunday 15th September, 2pm and Sunday 17th May, 3pm

It may have gone under the radar, but this is one of the highest-scoring fixtures in Premier League history. The two sides’ eight meetings have produced 31 goals, 11 of them after the 80th minute, and just two clean sheets between them. The Goodison leg is the final act of the 2019/20 season, so could have a lot riding on it.

The fixture also has a habit of forging unlikely heroes – Junior Stanislas and Oumar Niasse have both grabbed game-changing braces in the past. 

Last eight results:

November 2015 – Bournemouth 3-3 Everton

April 2016 – Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

September 2016 – Bournemouth 1-0 Everton

February 2017 – Everton 6-3 Bournemouth

September 2017 – Everton 2-1 Bournemouth 

December 2017 – Bournemouth 2-1 Everton 

August 2018 – Bournemouth 2-2 Everton 

January 2019 – Everton 2-0 Bournemouth 

2. Liverpool vs Arsenal, Anfield 

Saturday 24th August, 5:30pm 

This fixture is another that all but guarantees goals. The last six editions alone have produced 30 of them – five per game on average. For comparison, the overall average for 2018/19 was 2.82 goals per game – the most prolific season ever. That seems certain to continue this term, with both teams possessing stacked frontlines.

It’s sparked multiple fan meltdowns – preserved for eternity by ArsenalFanTV – last-minute equalisers, and been decisive in boosting or breaking league title campaigns. Roberto Firmino (seven goals in four games) loves it. 

Last six results: 

Feb 2014 - Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

Dec 2014 - Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal 

Jan 2016 - Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal

Mar 2017 - Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Aug 2017 - Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal 

Dec 2018 - Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

1. Manchester City vs Liverpool, Etihad Stadium

2019/20 fixture: Saturday 4th April, 3pm*

It’s the obvious choice, but the right one too. A centimetre or two was all that separated these sides last year, stopping the visitors from winning the title unbeaten and giving it to the hosts in the process. The title race is likely to be active in April, so this game will almost certainly prove decisive.

Besides that, this fixture tends to be either very close or result in a thrashing, both of which are enjoyable in different ways. Sergio Aguero always scores.  

*This’ll be on telly, right?

Last six results: 

December 2013 – Man City 2-1 Liverpool 

August 2014 – Man City 3-1 Liverpool 

November 2015 – Man City 1-4 Liverpool

March 2017 – Man City 1-1 Liverpool

September 2017 – Man City 5-0 Liverpool

January 2019 – Man City 2-1 Liverpool 


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Alex Jennings spent the 2019-20 season on loan at FourFourTwo writing digital features and now works on the Daily Mail’s sport desk. He has also written for the Independent and is a proud Italophile. As a fan of Everton and the England national cricket team, he is, frankly, tired by success.