What is the highest scoreline in Premier League history?
Formerly the First Division of the Football League, the Premier League was established in 1992 and, in the interim, eight different teams have been involved in matches that produced ten, or more, goals. Interestingly, the first of them, chronologically, was also the highest-scoring Premier League game of all time.
The fixture in question took place between Portsmouth and Reading at Fratton Park, Portsmouth on September 29, 2007, and produced eleven goals, with an injury time own-goal from English international centre-back Sol Campbell taking the final score to 7-4 in favour of the home team. Just two minutes earlier, also in injury time, central midfielder Suleyman ‘Sulley’ Muntari – signed by Portsmouth, for a club record fee, earlier that season – had scored a penalty to effectively put the result beyond doubt. Zimbabwean international striker Benjamin Mwaruwari, popularly known as ‘Benjani’, had earlier completed a seventieth-minute hat-trick. Despite his side conceding seven goals, Reading manager Steve Coppell said later afterwards that the match ‘must have been great for the impartial observer.’
Elsewhere in Premier League history, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal have all been involved in two ten-goal thrillers apiece. Tottenham beat subsequently relegated Reading 6-4 on December 29, 2007, and Wigan 9-1 on November 22, 2009, Manchester United beat Arsenal 8-2 on August 28, 2011, and drew 5-5 with West Bromwich Albion on May 19, 2013, while Arsenal also beat Newcastle 7-3 on December 29, 2012.