After an exciting and action packed opening couple of weeks, we, Rush Football have decided to take a look back at three of the biggest opening month thrashings in Premier League history:
Chelsea 6-0 West Bromwich Albion
On the opening day of the 2010/11 season newly-promoted West Brom travelled to Stamford Bridge to face defending champions Chelsea. In the previous campaign, Chelsea had scored a staggering 103 league goals and showed no signs of stopping their ruthlessness in front of goal as they put 6 past the Baggies. Although it was an opening day disaster, West Brom took solace from the fact that Chelsea would go on to beat Wigan 6-0 the following week, as the Blues went on to win their 5 opening games. Despite the disappointing start, the season was deemed a success for West Brom as they finished the season in 11th place, 8 points clear of relegation while Chelsea finished in 2nd, 9 points behind Manchester United.
QPR 0-5 Swansea
After a difficult 2011/12 season which saw QPR survive relegation by a single point, their supporters were optimistic the coming campaign was going to be a lot better than the last having signed players such as Park Ji-sung, Junior Hoilett, José Bosingwa and Loïc Rémy. However, the new season started off in the worst possible way as they went down 5-0 at home to Swansea City courtesy of goals from Michu, Nathan Dyer and Scott Sinclair. Putting the result aside, the manner of defeat was shambolic with a number of QPR players performing well below expectation. It comes as no surprise that they finished the season rock bottom, 14 points adrift of safety. Swansea City on the other hand, finished in 9th place whilst also qualifying for the Europa League by way of the League Cup.
Everton 1-6 Arsenal
On the opening day of the 2009/10 Premier League season, Arsenal demolished a woeful Everton side 6-1 at Goodison Park. After finishing 5th the previous season, Everton were hoping to go one better the following campaign by attaining a Champions League spot, but last season’s 4th place finishers Arsenal showed no mercy. First-half goals from Denilson, Thomas Vermaelan and William Gallas shocked the Toffees and Arsenal continued their brutality after the break adding a further 3 goals before a late Everton consolation goal. While Arsenal did go one better, finishing the season in 3rd place, Everton dropped ended up 8th, 2 points adrift of a Europa League place and Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
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