The Tightest title races in Premier League History

Published on: 26 February 2022
The Tightest title races in Premier League History
Manchester City are in the hunt for the league title

The fight for the Premier League title is back on. Manchester City lost to Tottenham just hours after Liverpool beat Norwich City 3-1, leaving a gap of only six points between the two teams.

The English Premier League has produced some of the finest title run ins over the years, and this season makes sport betting all the more interesting. We go back in time to look at some of the most competitive battles in the history of the world’s most lucrative domestic league.

1947 - Potters crack to make it a Red Letter Day 

In their penultimate encounter in a season that was stretched into mid-summer due to that winter's great freeze, Liverpool defeated First Division leaders Wolves to take over at the top.

The Reds had to end their schedule with four consecutive away games due to a fixture backlog, during which they only dropped one point. However, they had to wait to see how Stoke City, who were two points behind them but had a higher goal average, fared in their final encounter on June 14 versus Sheffield United.

Stoke had enjoyed their finest league season to date, and they were on the verge of winning their first-ever title. However, Liverpool became the first post-war champions after defeating the Potters 2-1 at Bramall Lane.

1971 - Leeds destitute after the Gunners win the north London derby

Arsenal required a goalless draw or a win against their arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the season's last league fixture when they were one point behind First Division leaders Leeds United.

Leeds were already done with their schedule, but Don Revie's side would be crowned champions if they drew or beat Spurs at White Hart Lane.

With only two minutes to go, Arsenal took the lead thanks to a header from Ray Kennedy. A Spurs goal would have cost them the title, but outstanding goalkeeping from Bob Wilson saw the Gunners over the finish line with 65 points.

1995 – United's worst last-day 

Tension, drama, emotion, and live broadcasts from Anfield and Upton Park made for a true cliffhanger of a final day.

A fascinating, though occasionally scandalized season came to a spectacular end. Kenny Dalglish, the manager of Blackburn Rovers (89 points), needed his team to beat Liverpool in order to secure their first league title in 81 years. Manchester United (87) would retain their championship if they beat West Ham on the last day and Liverpool beat Blackburn.

Rovers lost the lead after taking the lead at Anfield, and the game was changed in the last minutes when Jamie Redknapp curled in Liverpool's winner. But, seconds afterwards, news of the final whistle at West Ham, where United had been held to a 1-1 draw, crowned Blackburn winners.

United are now pale shadows of themselves, but Betway puts them as favorites for the top 4 finish this season

1989 - Arsenal goes for it at Anfield

Arsenal traveled to Merseyside for the season's last match, needing to defeat reigning champions Liverpool 2-0 to win the title and prevent the Reds from completing the Double.

Liverpool simply needed to draw or lose by one goal to save their title. Arsenal had not won at Anfield in over 15 years, while Kenny Dalglish's team had been undefeated since early January.

After the Gunners scored after 52 minutes, George Graham's team couldn't get the crucial second goal until Michael Thomas struck in injury time. The outcome meant that both clubs had the same amount of points and goal difference, but Arsenal was crowned champion because they scored more goals - the closest finish of the bunch.

With about 13 rounds of matches to go, the supremacy battle looks set to be between Manchester City and Liverpool once again, and Betway will present all the action for wagering.