Goal Singapore Monday Top 5 – Biggest upsets this season

The unpredictability of the Premier League was on show again with some shocking results over the weekend. Goal Singapore takes a look at the biggest upsets of the season so far
The Premier League was at its unpredictable best over the weekend as giants Manchester City and big-spending Tottenham faltered to shock 1-0 defeats against Sunderland and Newcastle respectively, while Chelsea needed a last-minute dubious penalty to salvage a 2-2 draw against West Brom. Despite barely being one-third into the season, there have already been more than the occasional surprising results on show.

In this week’s Goal Singapore's Monday Top 5, we look at some of the biggest upsets of this season so far.

5. Newcastle United 2-0 Chelsea

Chelsea had beaten Manchester City 2-1 in the Premier League the previous week and they followed it up by beating pace setters Arsenal 2-0 two days later in the Capital One Cup, so few would have expected them to crumble at St James’ Park on 2nd November. After a scrappy first half where Chelsea hit the bar twice, the Magpies turned the screw and scored two well-taken goals via Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy. The defeat meant that Jose Mourinho has yet to win at St James' Park after four failed attempts and more importantly, condemned Chelsea to their second loss of the campaign, allowing Arsenal to pull five points clear that weekend.

4. Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa

It seems a distant memory that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was a man under pressure. Prior to the start of the season, he came under a lot of criticism for failing to sign any top players, and their season started in the worse possible fashion after Aston Villa beat them in the opening game. Despite Olivier Giroud’s early goal, a Cristian Benteke inspired Villa stormed back and beat the Gunners 3-1 in their own backyard to give Wenger’s men a most inauspicious start to the campaign. The result was a catalyst to spur the Arsenal manager into action, as Mesut Ozil joined the club a few days later.

3. Aston Villa 3-2 Manchester City

Manchester City came into the game against Aston Villa full of confidence after their 4-1 demolition of champions Manchester United the week before. Just like against Cardiff City, the visitors took the lead first thanks to Yaya Toure’s strike at the end of the first half. But Karim El Ahmadi equalised for the home side in their first real effort of the game early in the second half. Despite Edin Dzeko restoring City’s lead five minutes later, a quick fire double from Leandro Bacuna and Andreas Weimann turned the result in Villa’s favour and gave their team a remarkable 3-2 victory against last season’s runners-up.

2. Manchester United 1-2 West Brom

West Brom recorded their first victory over Manchester United in 29 years in scintillating fashion as they took advantage of an out-of-sorts team still looking to settle under David Moyes’ regime. Frenchman Morgan Amalfitano scored a brilliant individual goal eight minutes into the second half after whizzing pass the United defense. But the Baggies’ lead didn’t last long as Wayne Rooney took matters into his own hands as his in-swinging free kick deceived everyone and ended in the back of the net. Most people would have expected the Champions to cruise to victory after getting back on level terms, but the visitors rallied superbly and took the lead again thanks to Saido Berahino. The 20-year-old announced himself to the football world as he lashed a beautifully weighted Amalfitano lay-off to the edge of the box beyond De Gea with his left foot, condemning United to their third league defeat of the campaign after only six games.

1. Cardiff City 3-2 Manchester City

Newcomers Cardiff City showed that they did not just come to the Premier League to enjoy the fanfare, as they pulled off a sensational victory in their first home game of the season against giants Manchester City. Manuel Pallegrini’s men seemed on course to a routine victory after Edin Dzeko gave them the lead early in the second half, but Aron Gunnarsson drew the Welsh side level shortly before Fraizer Campbell exploited the visitors’ defense frailties as he headed in two goals, both of which were from corner kicks. Manchester City then tried to launch a fight back and Alvaro Negredo scored a second goal in injury time, but it was too little too late as Cardiff secured their first ever win in the Premier League.