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Ranking every top six side’s longest unbeaten run in the Premier League era

Liverpool’s league leaders continue to set records tumbling, victory over Southampton last weekend extending their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 42 games. 

Jurgen Klopp’s side’s relentless run has seen them move within touching distance of an elusive league title, whilst it is also comfortably the Reds longest unbeaten run since the formation of the Premier League almost three decades ago.

We’ve decided to look back at the best undefeated streaks from the division’s top six, here are the rankings of every top six sides longest unbeaten run in the Premier League era…

6. Tottenham Hotspur – 14 games

Spurs record unbeaten run in the Premier League stands at 14 games, a feat the north London side have managed on two occasions.

Both of those runs have come in the past six seasons, the first beginning in August of 2015 and lasting until December of that year, though would include eight draws and be broken by a shock 2-1 home defeat to Newcastle, Ayoze Perez scoring in stoppage-time to snatch a come-from-behind victory for the Magpies.

Spurs would put together another, and better, unbeaten sequence of 14 games between December 2017 and April 2018, beating the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, though they would again fail to stretch into a 15th fixture.

Manchester City would be the side to end their second 14-game record with a 3-1 win at Wembley, ironically also the last side to beat Spurs before the unbeaten run.

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5. Manchester United – 29 games

The next best unbeaten run amongst top six clubs belongs to Manchester United, though it is more than double the best streak posted by sixth-placed Tottenham.

However, like their north London rivals, United have managed their unbeaten record on two separate occasions, the first beginning during their famed treble-winning season of 1998/99 and ending shortly into the following season, before again achieving the feat over a decade later, registering 29 games unbeaten between April 2010 and February 2011.

Their first run would be ended in comprehensive fashion as they were thrashed 5-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, before Wolves would end their second streak in 2011.

The two defeats would matter little, however, United going on to win the title in each of the seasons their runs were ended.

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4. Manchester City – 30 games

Narrowly ahead of their local rivals are Manchester City, the club putting together a run of 30-games unbeaten, finishing the final eight games of the 2016/17 season strongly before marching towards a first league title under Pep Guardiola, going a further 22 games without defeat before losing to Liverpool at Anfield.

Their run would see the club smash the Premier League record for most consecutive wins with 18, City registering 26 wins and just four draws from their 30-game streak, going on to win the league title with a record total of 100 points.

That entertaining 4-3 defeat on Merseyside would be one of just two suffered all season, Guardiola’s side securing the first of successive league titles in style.

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3. Chelsea – 40 games

Chelsea would put together a run of 40 Premier League games unbeaten at the height of their dominance under Jose Mourinho, the club compiling their record unbeaten run in the midst of consecutive title-winning seasons during the Portuguese’s first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Their run would begin with defeat at Manchester City in 2004, a Nicolas Anelka penalty condemning the club to the only loss during their drought-breaking title success of 2004/05.

The Blues’ unbeaten run would then stretch for over a year until a second loss in Manchester in November of 2005, losing 1-0 at Manchester United courtesy of a goal from Darren Fletcher.

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2. Liverpool – 42 games*

Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders continue to set a relentless pace at the top of the Premier League, the club seemingly on the verge of securing a first league title in three decades following a record-breaking run of form.

Unbeaten so far this season, the Reds have stretched their unbeaten league run to 42 games, the second longest streak in Premier League history. Having lost just once in the entirety of last season, Liverpool’s record now stands at just one defeat in their past 64 league fixtures, and the club’s current sequence has them closing in on the all-time record for English football’s top flight.

Defeat at Manchester City in January of 2019 was the last time the Merseyside club tasted defeat in league action, whilst they have taken a remarkable 100 points from the past 102 available.

Seven games away from equalling the all-time record, Liverpool could match that feat at the home of the last side to beat them, Klopp’s side taking on City at the Etihad in early April.

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1. Arsenal – 49 games

The standard bearer for unbeaten runs, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal would compile the longest undefeated run in the history of England’s top flight, including completing an entire Premier League season without losing as they secured the title in 2004.

The Gunners would begin their run following a defeat to Leeds at Highbury in April 2003, completing their famed ‘Invincibles’ season the following year before stretching their total to 49 during the first nine games of the 2004/05 season.

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Defeat would come in memorable circumstances during an ill-tempered game against title rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney scoring the goals as Arsenal fell just short of reaching a huge 50 games unbeaten.

Not one to take defeat lightly, the loss was remembered for the ‘Pizza-gate’ antics post-match, Cesc Fabregas throwing some Italian delicacies in the direction of United manager Sir Alex Ferguson as tempers flared in the tunnel at the full-time whistle.

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