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There is hardly anyone who doesn’t love a grudge game in football. This is not just a 90 minutes game, where two clubs are not only hoping for three points, but also that the opponents are battered into submission, suffered red cards, lose all the manners of discipline and set themselves off on a losing run which can ruin a whole season.
There are so many facts developing big rivalries in English Premier League football. The geographical proximity, challenging for similar objectives in the league season, sometimes a big-name transfer between the two clubs and so many are responsible for this.
Above factors are the criteria deciding the fiercest rivalries in the English Premier League right now. We bring you the list of top 10 English Premier League rivalries from the history of English football. Just scroll down and enjoy….
Top 10 English Premier League rivalries:
10. Sheffield Wednesday vs. Sheffield United
The Steel City derby has a history of over 120 years. The United had a slight edge, having won the derby on three more occasions than their rival neighbours. With the exception of 1979/80 season the fixtures have predominantly taken place in the top-two tiers of English football. But in the 2011/12 League One campaign, Sheffield Wednesday automatically promoted ahead of Sheffield’s red half. When the United failed to joined the Blues in the Championship by losing their play-off final, the Wednesday fans were enlightened like anytime else.
9. West Ham vs. Millwall
It is one of the most hate fueled rivalries in the history of English Club football. The East-London derby has even led to five football hooliganism films. In 2009, when two sides met in the League Cup, there were plenty of violent scenes to see before, during and after the match and the West Ham fanatics invaded the pitch in all three occasions.
8. Birmingham City vs. Aston Villa
A ‘Second City’ derby took place on 1st December 2010 League at Birmingham’s St Andrews stadium. The Blues came away with a 2-1 win and made it to the semi-finals. The scene after the game grabbed the headlines. The supporters of the Birmingham City filled onto the pitch and made their way towards the traveling villains, before the two sets of fans fans threw chairs and flares to and fro. The game between these two sides always produces a heated atmosphere. Following City’s relegation from the Premier league, the rivalry increased after Alex Mcleish swapped the Blue’s dugout for Villa park.
7. Newcastle vs. Sunderland
This inter-city rivalry dates back to 1883. These two are just 10 miles apart and to date, Newcastle is currently leading the way with 53 wins while Sunderland has 46. Newcastle and Sunderland, both have predominantly played out their games in the top tier and both have suffered relegation to the Championship in recent years, Sunderland in 2006 and Newcastle in 2009, but both bounced straight back by winning the League title.
6. Everton vs. Liverpool
Their match is considered as ‘Merseyside Derby’. It’s a game which is sure to divide households throughout Liverpool. Though many consider it as friendly derby, but the Liverpudlians are sure to tell you different. It’s the one which has provided countless classics over the years. Liverpool unsurprisingly lead the way in terms of victory, but could that be about to change?
5. Southampton vs. Portsmouth
Locally it is known as “El Clasicoast”, but in recent years both have been on a rough ride. Southampton, or ‘The Scum’ as they are called in Portsmouth, suffered administration in 2009 and Portsmouth followed suit with a recent downfall leading to League two football. The fixture is often marred with violence, with a ‘coach bubble’ often used to minimize the contact between the supporters of two sides. In comparison, The Saints have led the way with 34 first class win while their neighbor have 21.
4. Cardiff City vs. Swansea City
The no. 4 in the list is the South Wales derby. On several occasions, the fixture has been marred by violence. On October 2011, fight broke out between these two sides at Wembley stadium for WALES’ Euro 2012 qualifiers with England, despite fans of both sides were supporting the same team. After suffering severe head injury, Cardiff supporter Mike dye died in hospital.
3. Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal
The games between Tottenham and Arsenal make up a number of premier league classics. Nobody can forget Arsenal’s 5-4 win at White Hart Lane in 2004. Spurs’ incredible 4-4 come back at the Emirates was also the memorable one. Let’s hope there is certainly more to come from the North Londoners.
2. Manchester City vs. Manchester United
Having won 19 Premier league titles, it is not unfair to say that the Red devils have made one or two enemies over the years. Historically Manchester City have under-achieved in terms of success and glory, but the rivalry between them has always run deep. Since City’s rise to the top , the rivalry has only been deepened. City’s 6-1 win at Old Trafford and Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp title clincher will only have added to that.
1. Manchester United vs. Liverpool
These two are the most glittered clubs in English football. They rightly earn their spot at the top of our list of English Premier League rivalries. The rivalry of competing to be the world’s best English club dates back 50 years. Manchester United have recently overtook Liverpool as the most successful domestic side, but don’t forget the five European titles which have made their way to Anfield. Manchester United vs. Liverpool was always going to be the no 1 English Premier League rivalry.
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