The English Premier League has given us plenty of drama, entertainment and surprises over the course of its 21 years of actually being known as the Premier League – especially surprises.
Teams from across England and Wales have come and gone over the years, and the hierarchy of the teams that are consistently contenders for the league title has only remained somewhat consistent.
Especially over the last few seasons, there have been definite shocks to the system of Premier League supporters in terms of where teams have finished in the league table by the time everything’s said and done for the season. In this list, we’ll be counting down the most surprising finishes in the Premier League table since the league’s inception in 1992-93.
Some of these teams are on here because they improved significantly following seasons where they finished in the lower half of the Premier League table or were promoted from the next division down, while others made it because they had a significant fall from grace after high finishes the year before. Another is here because of the thrilling and surprising way in which they won the league title. No matter how you describe it, the Premier League has plenty of room for surprises, and the respective seasons of these 10 teams is proof of that.
Certain teams managed to come back nicely after their disappointing season – Newcastle United come to mind here – while other teams such as Leeds United hit a brick wall during their fall from grace and have failed to fully recover since then. In short, football is an unpredictable sport even if the bigger teams may have more money and more room to dominate the Premier League table, and that’s what makes this league and game as beautiful as it’s always been. Without further ado, let’s take a look.
10 Liverpool -- 7th from 2nd (2009-10)
9 Everton -- 4th from 17th (2004-05)
8 Norwich City -- 3rd (1992-93)
7 Newcastle United -- 3rd (1993-94)
6 Nottingham Forest -- 3rd (1994-95)
5 Newcastle United -- Relegated (2008-09)
4 Leeds United -- Relegated (2003-04)
3 Blackburn Rovers -- Relegated (1998-99)
2 Manchester City -- Champions (2011-12)
1 Manchester United -- 7th? (2013-14)
Okay, so the Premier League season’s not technically over, and Manchester United could still lock up a Europa League place if they end the season on the highest possible note. Regardless, it will still be a monumentally disappointing end result for a team that has for so long been one of the most dominant sides in English football. Although Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement following a title-winning season and subsequent appointment of former Everton manager David Moyes wasn’t expected to be totally seamless, few expected things to turn out this badly. 3-0 losses at Old Trafford to bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City rubbed salt in their wounds. At least one thing's for certain; Moyes won't be helping rebuild United as he was recently sacked.
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