Match of the Day Top 10 podcast: Lineker, Shearer & Richards rank biggest Premier League upsets

Some results stand out more than others – but which games have produced the biggest upsets in Premier League history?

That’s the latest topic to be discussed by Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards on the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast.

To hear how they made their final selections, make sure you listen to the podcast on BBC Sounds and you can rank yours at the bottom of the page too.

Liverpool 0-1 Barnsley (Richards: 8th, Shearer 10th)

Liverpool were trailing 1997-98 early-season pace-setters Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers by several points, but were still expected to beat a Barnsley side that had won just three of their first 14 games since winning promotion. Instead Danny Wilson’s team claimed a stunning win at Anfield on 22 November 1997. Liverpool were captained that day by Steve McManaman while Michael Owen featured up front. It wasn’t all bad news for Liverpool fans. The result sent neighbours Everton to the bottom of the table.

Shearer: My memories of this game? Not much to be honest! I recall Ashley Ward scoring. I know it was dramatic. Barnsley had endured a tough start to that season.

Richards: I don’t remember the game too vividly if I’m being totally honest.

Lineker: Glad to see you’ve both done your homework!

Burnley 1-0 Manchester United (Richards: 7th, Shearer 9th)

Burnley had lost 2-0 at Stoke City on the opening weekend of the 2009-10 season when they hosted defending champions Manchester United in their first Premier League home game after winning promotion via the play-offs. Roared on by a sell-out crowd at Turf Moor, the Clarets claimed a famous win on 19 August 2009 thanks to Robbie Blake’s goal. They would go on to beat Everton in their next match but boss Owen Coyle would later stun the club by leaving for Bolton Wanderers.

Shearer: You can just imagine the atmosphere at Turf Moor. A first Premier League home game and it’s Manchester United in town. It was obviously a great result for Burnley.

Richards: It wasn’t a massive upset.

Norwich City 3-2 Manchester City (Richards: 10th, Shearer 5th)

No-one saw this coming. Norwich had lost four of their first five league and cup games when they hosted defending champions Manchester…


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