The Premier League’s long-awaited return is now less than two weeks away and whilst the spectacle may be vastly different in these unprecedented times, fans are still eagerly anticipating the thrills and spills that come with England’s top flight.
The story of the season so far has seen an unstoppable Liverpool close in on a first league title in three decades, whilst newly-promoted Sheffield United have exceeded all expectations and continue to punch above their weight amongst the division’s leading sides.
European qualification and relegation places are all to be decided as the league prepares to return later this month, and fans will soon be rushing to sites like Infogol for the latest fixtures and results.
Ahead of the Premier League’s behind-closed-doors restart we’ve decided to look back at some of the season’s most memorable games.
Here are five of the 2019/20 Premier League season’s best games… so far:
Norwich 3-2 Manchester City – 14/09/2019
Undoubtedly the upset of the Premier League season so far, newly-promoted Norwich produced a sensational display to shock the champions at Carrow Road in September.
Few will have given the Canaries any chance ahead of the visit of Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side, but Norwich raced into a two-goal first-half lead courtesy of strikes from Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell.
Sergio Aguero’s header on the stroke of half-time seemed to indicate the inevitable, but Teemu Pukki – named as the Premier League’s Player of the Month for August following a fine start to the season – capitalised on some catastrophic defending by the visitors to restore the two-goal cushion with his sixth goal in five top-flight games.
Summer signing Rodri’s first goal in a Manchester City shirt proved nothing more than a consolation, City beaten by a newly-promoted side for the first time since 2015.
Arsenal 3-2 Aston Villa – 22/09/2019
Arsenal’s have endured another indifferent season and their difficult start to the campaign saw Unai Emery replaced by compatriot Mikel Arteta, but amongst their early season highlights was this comeback victory over Aston Villa.
The newly-promoted side took the lead at the Emirates after John McGinn ghosted into the Gunners’ box, whilst Arsenal’s afternoon worsened still after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off before half-time for two bookable offences.
Nicolas Pepe levelled the scores from the spot with his first goal in English football following a foul on Mateo Guendouzi, but Villa hit back just seconds later to retake the lead via Wesley’s flicked finish.
Callum Chambers’ persistency snatched an equaliser for Emery’s side which nine minutes remaining, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – as so often has been the case over the past couple of years – came to the north London side’s rescue.
The Gabon international’s late free-kick sealed the comeback and secured a precious three points at the Emirates for 10-man Arsenal.
Sheffield United 3-3 Manchester United – 24/11/2019
Sheffield United’s rise has been one of the stories of the season with Chris Wilder’s side enjoying a fairytale return to the top flight, the club’s innovative system and consistent performances leaving the Blades in with a strong chance of securing European football.
Wilder’s side have been fearless in their approach and none more so than a frantic encounter with Manchester United at Bramall Lane in November, goals from John Fleck and Lys Mousset putting the hosts two-goals ahead on a raucous evening in South Yorkshire.
The Red Devils, however, turned the clash on its head within the space of a stunning seven-minute spell. Academy graduates Brandon Williams, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford all scoring to put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s visitors ahead.
Oli McBurnie’s late, late equaliser ensured more drama and rescued a point for Sheffield United, the goal earning the Blades a thrilling share of the spoils after a long VAR check.
Liverpool 5-2 Everton – 04/12/2019
Marco Silva’s reign as Everton manager came to an end following a Merseyside derby thumping at Anfield, but not after a breathless first-half that saw the two rivals exchange six goals in a pulsating contest.
Divock Origi continued his fine record against Everton with two expertly taken goals, either side of Xherdan Shaqiri’s effort for a much-changed Reds’ side and Michael Keane’s response for the visitors.
Sadio Mane looked to have put the game beyond doubt by making it 4-1 to Liverpool on the stroke of half-time, but there was still time for Richarlison to give Everton hope with a fine diving header before the break.
After a thoroughly entertaining first-half the pace of the contest slowed after the break, though Georginio Wijnaldum put the finishing touches on a fine win for Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders late on, and brought an end to Silva’s time at Goodison Park.
Wolves 3-2 Manchester City
A clash that seemingly had everything: plenty of goals, a red card, a stirring comeback and the now obligatory drama surrounding the Video Assistant Referee.
Despite seeing goalkeeper Ederson sent off after just 12 minutes, Manchester City took a two-goal lead through Raheem Sterling’s brace, though the England winger’s opener came after twice missing a retaken penalty at Molineux.
Wolves roared back, however, and restored hope courtesy of Adama Traore’s thunderous effort from distance, before the winger robbed Benjamin Mendy of possession and crossed for Raul Jimenez to turn home an equaliser from close range.
The momentum now firmly with the home side, Wolves poured forward and snatched a dramatic late winner, Matt Doherty’s surging run and finish sealing three points and leaving City 14 points adrift of Liverpool in the defence of their Premier League crown.