Five longest waits for a win in a Premier League campaign
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Five longest waits for a win at the start of a Premier League season

Winless Watford’s woes continue this season, with Quique Sanchez Flores’ side rooted firmly to the bottom of the Premier League having failed to win in their opening nine fixtures of the new Premier League season.

It’s a torrid run of form for the division’s bottom side, but where does it rank in the longest waits for a win at the start of a Premier League campaign?

It might be bad at present down at Vicarage Road, though they’ve got some way to go to reach these winless waits.

Everton – 12 games (1994/95)

Everton fans may be slightly concerned by their difficult start to the new season, though the current side’s plight pales into significance compared to the side of 1994/95.

That season Everton failed to win any of their first 12 Premier League fixtures, though somehow managed to survive despite four teams being relegated as the division dropped from 22 to 20 teams.

The appointment of Joe Royle as manager in November was the catalyst, the Liverpudlian guiding the club to five clean sheets in his first five fixtures and away from danger to eventually secure a 15th placed finish.

Their winless run seemed a long time ago when they also secured FA Cup success at the end of the season, the club’s last major trophy.

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Derby County – 13 games (2000/01)

Remarkably another team who endured a long winless run to begin the season, only to comfortably survive relegation to the second tier.

Derby County would fail to win in the first third of the 2000/01 season, though having secured seven draws they remained in touching distance of the sides above them.

Jim Smith’s side would finally register their first win on November 18, beating Bradford 2-0 before back-to-back wins in December lifted them away from trouble.

The Midlands outfit would finish just one place outside the drop zone, though a huge eight points clear of relegated Manchester City below them.

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Norwich – 13 games (2004/05)

Another team who struggled to turn draws into wins, with eight of Norwich’s first 13 games ending in stalemates following promotion to the Premier League in 2004/05.

After 13 top-flight fixtures Norwich would eventually seal three points, beating Southampton 2-1 at Carrow Road to spark hope of a revival.

It would prove a false dawn, however, the club winning just once more in their next 11 fixtures before being condemned to a swift return to the second tier.

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Swindon – 15 games (1993/94)

Millennials may find it hard to believe, but Swindon Town were once a Premier League outfit for a short, short time.

Having secured a place in English football’s top flight for the first time in their history, Swindon’s preparations were hampered by the loss of player-manager Glenn Hoddle to Chelsea.

Replacement John Gorman struggled to reestablish the club’s winning mentality at the top level, as they failed to win in their first 15 fixtures before a 1-0 win over QPR in November. Swindon would win on just four more occasions in the league, finishing bottom of the division and 13 points adrift of safety, conceding a whopping 100 goals in the process.

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Queen’s Park Rangers – (2012/13)

The worst winless run at the start of a Premier League season belongs to Harry Redknapp’s QPR side, who despite a list of expensively assembled recruits managed to go 16 fixtures without securing three points in 2012.

It would take until the festive period for the club to record a win, Adel Taarabt’s double securing a first win in December as London rivals Fulham were beaten 2-1 at Loftus Road.

The arrival of Mark Hughes as Redknapp’s replacement did little to boost their fortunes and it would prove to be one of just four wins during a miserable season for the club, finishing bottom of the division with just 25 points.

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