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Five longest unbeaten home runs in Premier League history

Aston Villa’s brilliant home form continued with a 1-0 win over Manchester City this week, with Unai Emery’s side recording a 14th consecutive home win in the Premier League.

Villa Park has been transformed into a fortress since Emery’s arrival as manager and the club’s last defeat on home soil came to Arsenal in February 2023. Villa’s 14th straight home win lifted the side up to third in the table, while equalling a club record previously set in 1903 and 1931.

The club’s home form has moved Villa into unlikely title contention at this stage of the season, but Emery’s side have some way to go to meet the longest unbeaten home runs of the Premier League era.

The five longest unbeaten home runs in Premier League history:

Manchester United – 35 games (December 1994-November 1996)

The nineties belonged to Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United, the club dominating the early seasons of the Premier League, emerging as a winning machine for much of the decade.

Having won consecutive titles in the previous two seasons, United were in search of a three-peat in 1994/95, though a home defeat to Nottingham Forest in December dented their hopes, in a season they eventually finished as runners-up to big-spending Blackburn.

That defeat, however, proved the catalyst behind a lengthy unbeaten run at Old Trafford. The club’s run stretched almost two years before losing to Chelsea in 1996, reclaiming the title following an unbeaten season at home in 1995/96.

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Manchester United – 36 games (December 1998-December 2000)

Ferguson’s Manchester United team were still the finest in England at the turn of the millennium, winning three consecutive Premier League titles in addition to a famed treble in 1999.

Their unbeaten home run began in that infamous treble-winning season, a 3-2 home defeat to Middlesbrough proving their last at Old Trafford in almost two years.

Few teams could live with a side containing David Beckham, Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, Ferguson’s dynasty perhaps at its strongest point during this period.

The club’s run stretched a huge 36 games before defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool in 2000. Danny Murphy scored the only goal of the game, the first of three winners the midfielder netted at the Theatre of Dreams.

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Manchester City – 37 games (December 2010-December 2012)

Manchester City may firmly be established among the finest sides in world football at present, but just over a decade ago the club were only beginning to emerge from the shadows following their billionaire investment.

Roberto Mancini was the man to finally end the club’s waits for both trophy and title success, City’s triumphs built on a formidable home record that saw the club go 37 games unbeaten between December 2010 and December 2012.

Their run began following defeat to Everton at the Etihad, stretching almost two years before Robin van Persie’s dramatic stoppage-time winner secured Manchester Derby bragging rights for city rivals United.

City would, of course, score their own stoppage-time winner during that unbeaten run. Sergio Aguero’s iconic strike snatched the title on the final day of the season against QPR in May 2012.

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Liverpool – 68 games (April 2017 – January 2021)

Liverpool‘s hugely impressive run at Anfield stretched more than three-and-a-half years. A shock defeat to Burnley was their first since former striker Christian Benteke came back to haunt his ex-teammates, with a brace for Crystal Palace in a 2-1 victory in April 2017.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had evolved into one of Europe’s best under his management, winning a long-awaited Premier League title in 2019/20, a year after lifting the Champions League.

The run included three full Premier League seasons without a league defeat at Anfield before Burnley brought an abrupt end to the sequence, securing a memorable three points from what had become the division’s most daunting away trip.

Incredibly, the defeat to the Clarets started a run of six consecutive defeats at Anfield, as the Reds lost successive games to Brighton, Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea and Fulham in a wretched run, as the club’s injury-hit squad endured a difficult title defence.

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Chelsea – 86 games (February 2004 – October 2008)

Liverpool’s record may be mightily impressive, but they still fell someway short of matching the Premier League record, Chelsea‘s astonishing 86-game unbeaten home run between March 2004 and October 2008.

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Their record-breaking run came under the guidance of three different managers and delivered back-to-back titles, beginning in the final weeks of Claudio Ranieri’s reign, overseeing Jose Mourinho’s trophy-laden first spell at Stamford Bridge, before ending under the stewardship of Luiz Felipe Scolari over four years later.

Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ were the last team to defeat the Blues before their run, their 86-game record stretching until a Xabi Alonso winner for Liverpool in October 2008.

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