20 Best Matches of the 2013/14 Premier League Season

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2014

20 Best Matches of the 2013/14 Premier League Season

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    The Premier League campaign came to an end on Sunday, with Manchester City lifting the trophy for the second time in three seasons and Norwich City, Fulham and Cardiff City suffering the pain of relegation.

    All 20 sides have contributed to another season full of excitement, incident, goals and memories, with a number of top quality games being served up throughout the 2013-14 campaign.

    Whether it was the sheer volume of goals, the quality of play on offer or some other memorable facet of the game, we've picked out 20 of the best for you to relive once more. Feel free to leave your own shouts and suggestions in the comments section below.

August 2013: Swansea City 1-4 Manchester United

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    Manchester United got the season up and running by going top of the table on the opening day following a thumping 4-1 win away to Swansea City in David Moyes' first game in charge.

    Questions of Wayne Rooney's role under Moyes were put to one side as Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck bagged a brace apiece, in a game that gave no sign of the collapse to come at Old Trafford.

    Wilfried Bony scored Swansea's consolation on his league debut for the club.

August 2013: Cardiff City 3-2 Manchester City

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    Plenty of the big sides dropped points in the first couple of match weeks: Arsenal lost on the opening day, Chelsea and Manchester United drew the following week and most memorably, Manchester City were beaten by newly promoted Cardiff City.

    Despite Edin Dzeko giving City the lead, Cardiff fought back with three second-half goals, the latter two scored by former Manchester United forward Frazier Campbell after Aron Gunnarsson had equalised.

    A late Alvaro Negredo goal didn't salvage anything for City and the game finished 3-2.

September 2013: West Ham United 2-3 Everton

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    September saw a game full of incident at Upton Park.

    Ravel Morrison's good performance was capped off with a deflected goal, while Mark Noble scored a penalty and got himself sent off.

    In between the two Hammers goals, Leighton Baines curled in a great free kick—then repeated the trick with an even better effort to level the scores with less than 10 minutes to play. Within two minutes of the restart, striker Romelu Lukaku rose to head in the late winning goal—nearly knocking himself out in the process after heading both ball and defender.

September 2013: Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United

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    The first Manchester derby without Sir Alex Ferguson sat on the sidelines since 1986 saw City blow away United within the first hour.

    Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, another from Aguero and Samir Nasri put the home side 4-0 ahead inside 50 minutes, before they took their foot off the gas considerably.

    A late Wayne Rooney goal, which made him the all-time leading goalscorer in Manchester derbies, was scant consolation on a poor day for United.

October 2014: Crystal Palace 1-4 Fulham

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    A Monday night football feast in autumn served up a game of spectacular goals in London.

    Palace edged ahead through Adrian Mariappa, but Pajtim Kasami scored a goal of the season contender with an incredible volley from 25 yards.

    Steve Sidwell then scored a corker from range, Dimitar Berbatov somewhat unusually scored the tamest goal of the match, before Philippe Senderos rounded off the entire surreal affair by scoring a far-post, sideways scissor kick to make it 4-1.

November 2013: Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City

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    The biggest win of the Premier League season came at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City smacked seven without reply past Norwich City.

    After a 15-minute onslaught, an own goal eventually opened the scoring before six different City players added their name to the score sheet.

    David Silva, Matija Nastasic, Alvero Negredo, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko all hit the target—Ivorian midfielder Toure scored the pick of the bunch with a curling free kick.

November 2013: Southampton 4-1 Hull City

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    Somewhere along the way during 2013-14, Southampton became a "second team" for a number of fans, partly due to their attractive style of play and partly due to the cries for plenty of their stars to be selected for the England international side.

    They were in full swing in November against Hull City when they destroyed the Tigers 4-1, largely thanks to the impressive efforts of Adam Lallana, who scored a sumptuous individual goal that saw him leave four defenders in his wake.

    Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert and Steven Davis also scored.

November 2013: Swansea City 3-3 Stoke City

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    Another great winter fixture came between two bottom-half clubs, Swansea and Stoke.

    Jon Walters and Stephen Ireland put the away side two goals to the good inside the opening 25 minutes, but they looked to have thrown it all away when Swansea fought back after the break. Wilfried Bony headed in the first for Swansea, Nathan Dyer scuffed home the equaliser and Bony thought he had won it with five minutes left on the clock.

    However, a controversial fifth-minute-of-stoppage-time penalty was converted by Charlie Adam, giving the sides a point each in a 3-3 draw.

November 2013: Everton 3-3 Liverpool

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    A classic Merseyside derby ended up in a 3-3 draw at Goodison Park in November, after Liverpool had twice taken the lead before needing to come from behind to rescue a point.

    Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez put the Reds ahead either side of a Kevin Mirallas equaliser, before two late Romelu Lukaku strikes looked to have spun the points 180 degrees.

    Daniel Sturridge scored a last-minute equaliser though to put the seal on another amazing Premier League match.

December 2013: Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal

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    Mid-December now, and a nine-goal thriller that saw Arsenal briefly keep pace with Manchester City—before being blown away entirely.

    Aguero, Theo Walcott and Negredo all exchanged goals in the first half for a 2-1 City lead, with Fernandinho scoring shortly after the break.

    Walcott scored again to make it 3-2, only for David Silva to immediately restore City's two-goal advantage. A second for Fernandinho should have sealed the win, but Per Mertesacker scored in stoppage time to make it 5-3. From the resulting restart, City went straight down the other end, won a penalty and saw Toure score their sixth.

December 2013: Tottenham Hotspur 0-5 Liverpool

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    Questions were being asked of Liverpool's top-four credentials around Christmas and the trip to Tottenham was seen as the perfect test to see whether they had what it took to contest the bigger teams.

    A 5-0 victory pretty much summed up the Reds' ambitions, as they tore into Spurs from the outset.

    Luis Suarez, Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan, Suarez again and Raheem Sterling all scored for the Reds in one of the season's most complete away performances. Paulinho was sent off for Spurs and manager Andre Villas-Boas was sacked the following day.

December 2013: Hull City 6-0 Fulham

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    As the half-time whistle went on a cold December match in Hull, fans could be forgiven for thinking: "What am I doing here, watching Hull and Fulham draw 0-0?"

    Fans of entertainment—and of Hull, definitely not of Fulham—had plenty to cheer in the second half though, as the Tigers scored a goal every seven-and-a-half minutes on average for the remainder of the game, smacking half a dozen past their relegation rivals to take a big three points.

    Ahmed Elmohamady, Robert Koren, George Boyd, Tom Huddlestone, Matty Fryatt and another Koren strike found the net between minutes 49 and 84.

January 2014: Stoke City 3-5 Liverpool

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    Liverpool's "attack first, worry about defending later" policy was in full view at the Britannia Stadium in early 2014 as they put Stoke to the sword, before letting them back in the game, before putting them to the sword again, before letting them back in the game again...

    A Ryan Shawcross own goal and a horrendous defensive error resulting in a tap-in for Luis Suarez meant Liverpool looked in control early on, but Stoke pulled themselves level before the break with strikes from two ex-Reds, Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam.

    Steven Gerrard scored a penalty and Suarez added another, before a Simon Mignolet fumble saw Jon Walters reduce the arrears. Daniel Sturridge thumped in a late fifth to make sure of the points late on.

January 2014: Liverpool 4-0 Everton

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    There were no such defensive errors on Liverpool's part against Everton, as they pulverised their local rivals to maintain their unbeaten start to the year.

    Steven Gerrard headed the early opener and Daniel Sturridge showed great composure to score twice in the first half.

    Luis Suarez put Liverpool 4-0 up within moments of the restart before Sturridge missed a penalty that would've sealed his hat-trick. Despite both teams having plenty of attacking opportunities thereafter, the second derby of the season produced a mere four goals.

January 2014: Aston Villa 4-3 West Bromwich Albion

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    Aston Villa emerged triumphant in a seven-goal Midlands derby thriller in January.

    Two goals in 10 minutes for the away side put them well in charge, but Andi Weimann immediately pulled one back before Leandro Bacuna bundled in the equaliser.

    Delph atoned for his own goal with a thunderous effort which almost snapped the crossbar in two, before Youssouf Mulumbu equalised for 3-3 even before half-time. Christian Benteke decided the match from the penalty spot in the second half, having won the spot-kick himself.

February 2014: Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

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    Liverpool's fast start to league games did the damage again against Arsenal, when they roared into a 4-0 lead inside 20 minutes against a shell-shocked Gunners outfit.

    Martin Skrtel scored twice in the opening 10 minutes, Raheem Sterling added a third and Sturridge made it four.

    Sterling scored again after the break, Luis Suarez rattled the post with a volley. By the time Mikel Arteta scored from the penalty spot, Arsenal were a broken irrelevance in the match.

March 2014: Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Southampton

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    Tottenham produced one of the most inept half-hours of Premier League football at home to Southampton in March—then picked themselves up to come from behind and win the game in the last minute.

    Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana put Saints 2-0 up, before Christian Eriksen took charge.

    He scored on the half-hour mark and again just after half time with opportunistic finishes at the far post, before Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a last-minute winner for Spurs.

April 2014: Manchester City 2-2 Sunderland

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    As both the relegation and title battles came into the final straight, Manchester City and Sunderland played out a 2-2 draw that left both sides gutted.

    The rearranged fixture saw City dominate, have plenty of chances and simply not score the goals they wanted—though after Fernandinho's second-minute opener, it didn't seem as though it would matter.

    That is until Connor Wickham somehow managed to carve out and take two opportunities to put Sunderland 2-1 up with just seven minutes remaining. A late, late Samir Nasri shot should have been easily saved, but Vito Mannone spilled it and could only roll around helplessly on his line as the ball trickled over for a 2-2 draw.

April 2014: Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City

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    In a game billed as a title-decider—which, ultimately, it wasn't—Liverpool ran out 3-2 winners over Manchester City at Anfield.

    Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel gave the Reds an early 2-0 lead, before David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal levelled matters in the second half.

    Philippe Coutinho won the game with an instinctive strike in the final quarter of an hour, but the most costly event of the thrilling game was perhaps the 90th-minute red card for Jordan Henderson, who missed three of Liverpool's final four matches as a result.

May 2014: Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool

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    The final crazy game of the season came at Selhurst Park, where Liverpool looked for all the world as though they were continuing with their charge toward the title, even if by then it had passed out of their own hands.

    They were winning 3-0 at Crystal Palace after an hour of play, thanks to an own goal by Damien Delaney sandwiched between goals from Joe Allen and Luis Suarez.

    A last quarter of an hour collapse, however, saw the game end 3-3. Delaney scored at the right end with a deflected strike into the top corner and Dwight Gayle scored twice from close range to ruin Liverpool's lingering title hopes.