Most Consecutive Premier League Wins [Top 5 Winning Streaks]

Here, we’re taking a look back at the five biggest winning streaks in Premier League history, as well as taking a look at what the record for the longest unbeaten run in England’s top tier is.

Who did these seemingly impenetrable teams brush aside in their paths? Who ended the longest winning run the league has ever seen? And what happened next to these sides? Let’s find out:

What is the Longest Premier League Winning Streak?

The longest winning streak in English football since the Premier League’s inception is shared by Manchester City (2017) and Liverpool (2019/20), who both achieved 18 straight wins.

Most Consecutive Premier League Wins

Let’s take a closer look at the five longest winning runs in Premier League history:

=1) Manchester City (August – December 2017) – 18 wins

Who Did They Beat?

DateScore
August 26, 2017Bournemouth 1-2 Man City
September 9, 2017Man City 5-0 Liverpool
September 16, 2017Watford 0-6 Man City
September 23, 2017Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace
September 30, 2017Chelsea 0-1 Man City
October 14, 2017Man City 7-2 Stoke
October 21, 2017Man City 3-0 Burnley
October 28, 2017West Brom 2-3 Man City
November 5, 2017Man City 3-1 Arsenal
November 18, 2017Leicester 0-2 Man City
November 26, 2017Huddersfield 1-2 Man City
November 29, 2017Man City 2-1 Southampton
December 3, 2017Man City 2-1 West Ham
December 10, 2017Man Utd 1-2 Man City
December 13, 2017Swansea 0-4 Man City
December 16, 2017Man City 4-1 Tottenham
December 23, 2017Man City 4-0 Bournemouth
December 27, 2017Newcastle 0-1 Man City

What Happened?

After a disappointing, trophyless first season in England for Pep Guardiola, his second term in charge of Manchester City was really when the spark ignited.

Bolstered by summer signings like Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva and Ederson Moraes, City had their league virtually sewn up by the time the 2017-18 season reached its halfway point.

A 1-1 home draw with Everton in their second game was their only early blot – what followed was an extraordinary run of 18 successive league wins, including thrashings of Liverpool, Watford, Crystal Palace and Stoke, and crucial victories over Manchester United and Chelsea.

By the time they won their 18th, a 1-0 win at Newcastle secured by their 61st league goal of the season, City were already an enormous 15 points clear of United in second.

It remains tied for the longest winning streak in Premier League history.

Who Ended the Run?

Roy Hodgson’s Palace, who held City to a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park on New Year’s Eve in 2017.

Palace, who were 17th at the time and began the season with seven straight defeats without scoring, even had an injury-time penalty from midfielder Luka Milivojevic saved by Ederson. But hey, you can’t really be greedy in those circumstances.

What Happened Next?

Soon after that Palace draw, City’s unbeaten run ended, losing 4-3 to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who also knocked them out of the Champions League in the quarter-final stage that year.

But they would lose only once more in the league that season, a 3-2 home defeat to United in April when they were 2-0 up at half-time in a game that, if they won, would have sealed the title.

But seal it they did a week later, and Gabriel Jesus’ last-minute winner at Southampton on the final day meant the City team of 2017-18 became the first in Premier League history to reach 100 points.

=1) Liverpool (October 2019 – February 2020) – 18 wins

Who Did They Beat?

DateScore
October 27, 2019Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
November 2, 2019Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
November 10, 2019Liverpool 3-1 Man City
November 23, 2019Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
November 30, 2019Liverpool 2-1 Brighton
December 4, 2019Liverpool 5-2 Everton
December 7, 2019Bournemouth 0-3 Liverpool
December 14, 2019Liverpool 2-0 Watford
December 26, 2019Leicester 0-4 Liverpool
December 29, 2019Liverpool 1-0 Wolves
January 2, 2020Liverpool 2-0 Sheff Utd
January 11, 2020Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool
January 19, 2020Liverpool 2-0 Man Utd
January 23, 2020Wolves 1-2 Liverpool
January 29, 2020West Ham 0-2 Liverpool
February 1, 2020Liverpool 4-0 Southampton
February 15, 2020Norwich 0-1 Liverpool
February 24, 2020Liverpool 3-2 West Ham

What Happened?

During that earlier City run, nobody looked even in the same galaxy as Guardiola’s centurions. Until Liverpool stepped up under Klopp, at least.

After an incredible 17-game winning run (more of that shortly) came to an end in October 2019, Klopp’s men got straight back to business and won their next 18 on the spin, equalling the record for the most back to back Premier League wins set by City two seasons earlier.

There were some hairy moments in there – namely late winners at Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Wolves – but also games where Liverpool utterly tore through their opponents, particularly in their Boxing Day 4-0 thrashing of then-second-placed Leicester in their own back yard.

Indeed, the final of these 18 wins, February 2020’s 3-2 victory over West Ham, made it a staggering 44 league games unbeaten for the Reds, while at that stage, the 27th game of their season, they had still only dropped two points.

Who Ended the Run?

Nigel Pearson’s Watford who, despite being relegated that season, enjoyed the highlight of their campaign when they thumped the eventual champions 3-0 at Vicarage Road on February 29, 2020.

What Happened Next?

The COVID-enforced three-month suspension of football from March to June 2020 extended Liverpool’s 30-year wait for a league title, but it was never really in doubt from the minute they eased past City themselves at Anfield the previous November.

They were slightly less consistent post-lockdown (by their standards, anyway), drawing and losing two each of their nine summer games, but the title was wrapped up and Liverpool went on to bank 99 points, one shy of City’s record.

3) Liverpool (March – October 2019) – 17 wins

Who Did They Beat?

DateScore
March 10, 2019Liverpool 4-2 Burnley
March 17, 2019Fulham 1-2 Liverpool
March 31, 2019Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
April 5, 2019Southampton 1-3 Liverpool
April 14, 2019Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea
April 21, 2019Cardiff 0-2 Liverpool
April 26, 2019Liverpool 5-0 Huddersfield
May 4, 2019Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool
May 12, 2019Liverpool 2-0 Wolves
August 9, 2019Liverpool 4-1 Norwich
August 17, 2019Southampton 1-2 Liverpool
August 24, 2019Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal
August 31, 2019Burnley 0-3 Liverpool
September 14, 2019Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle
September 22, 2019Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
September 28, 2019Sheff Utd 0-1 Liverpool
October 5, 2019Liverpool 2-1 Leicester

What Happened?

Shortly before that 18-game run came a 17-game run over two different seasons for Liverpool.

A 0-0 draw at Everton in March 2019 saw them lose top spot to City, and though they won all their remaining games, it wasn’t enough to dislodge Guardiola’s men, who matched them stride for stride.

But they went again at the start of the following season, setting the early pace with eight straight wins to start 2019-20, on the back of winning their final nine in 2018-19.

Who Ended the Run?

Manchester United, who held the Reds to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on October 20, 2019.

Marcus Rashford put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men ahead, despite protestations that Victor Lindelof had fouled Divock Origi in the build-up, before VAR ruled out a Sadio Mane equaliser soon after.

But a late Adam Lallana leveller preserved Liverpool’s unbeaten start to their title-winning campaign, and proved the prelude to an even longer unbeaten run.

What Happened Next?

As you’ve already read, they just got stronger, going one better with an 18-game winning streak on their way to finally becoming Premier League champions.

4) Manchester City (February – August 2019) – 15 wins

Who Did They Beat?

DateScore
February 3, 2019Man City 3-1 Arsenal
February 6, 2019Everton 0-2 Man City
February 10, 2019Man City 6-0 Chelsea
February 27, 2019Man City 1-0 West Ham
March 2, 2019Bournemouth 0-1 Man City
March 9, 2019Man City 3-1 Watford
March 30, 2019Fulham 0-2 Man City
April 3, 2019Man City 2-0 Cardiff
April 14, 2019Crystal Palace 1-3 Man City
April 20, 2019Man City 1-0 Tottenham
April 24, 2019Man Utd 0-2 Man City
April 28, 2019Burnley 0-1 Man City
May 6, 2019Man City 1-0 Leicester
May 12, 2019Brighton 1-4 Man City
August 10, 2019West Ham 0-5 Man City

What Happened?

When Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle consigned City to a 2-1 defeat in January 2019, things looked pretty bleak for Guardiola. That night, they sat four points behind Liverpool having played a game more than them.

As it happened, to retain their title that year, they would have to be perfect for the remaining 14 games of 2018-19.

And perfect they were, as an incredible run which included a 6-0 thrashing of Chelsea, victories at Goodison Park and Old Trafford, gritty wins over Tottenham, Burnley and Leicester saw City win all of their last 14 league matches to oust Liverpool at the top by a single point.

They then kept that run going into the first game of 2019-20, demolishing West Ham, then under former title-winning City boss Manuel Pellegrini, 5-0 at the London Stadium.

Who Ended the Run?

Tottenham. Despite being battered for much of their 2-2 draw at the Etihad on August 17, 2019, Lucas Moura’s header rescued a point for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

But they needed VAR’s help – Gabriel Jesus thought he had won it for City in added time, only for the newly-introduced technology to rule that the ball had brushed Aymeric Laporte’s hand in the build-up.

What Happened Next?

City simply couldn’t keep pace with the Liverpool juggernaut, and though they ended up finishing second fairly comfortably, their consistent inconsistency meant they still finished 18 points behind the champions.

5) Manchester City (December 2020 – March 2021) – 15 wins and counting…

Who Did They Beat?

DateScore
December 19, 2020Southampton 0-1 Man City
December 26, 2020Man City 2-0 Newcastle
January 3, 2021Chelsea 1-3 Man City
January 13, 2021Man City 1-0 Brighton
January 17, 2021Man City 4-0 Crystal Palace
January 20, 2021Man City 2-0 Aston Villa
January 26, 2021West Brom 0-5 Man City
January 30, 2021Man City 1-0 Sheff Utd
February 3, 2021Burnley 0-2 Man City
February 7, 2021Liverpool 1-4 Man City
February 13, 2021Man City 3-0 Tottenham
February 17, 2021Everton 1-3 Man City
February 21, 2021Arsenal 0-1 Man City
February 27, 2021Man City 2-1 West Ham
March 2, 2021Man City 4-1 Wolves

What Happened?

Again, in the face of adversity at the back end of 2020, Guardiola came up trumps.

City began the 2020-21 ‘COVID season’ in frustrating fashion – exhilarating one week, exasperating the next. A 1-1 draw at home to lowly West Brom on December 15, 2020 left them sixth, five points off top after 12 games.

But how they responded. Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Wolves means that, almost three months later, City had yet to drop another point since that West Brom draw, marking their 15th consecutive victory to take them 15 points clear at the summit. It was also their 21st successive triumph in all competitions.

The emergence of Ilkay Gundogan as a prolific finisher and Phil Foden’s coming-of-age season has certainly helped, with both integral to notable wins in this run such as the 3-1 stroll at Chelsea and the 4-1 drubbing of Liverpool at Anfield, a ground they had not perviously won at for 18 years.

Who Ended the Run?

Manchester United. Who else could it have been?

City looked totally unstoppable and were on course to break the records for both the most consecutive wins in top-flight football in England, and even the longest winning streak in football in Europe (Benfica – 29 wins, 1972-73).

Then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side pitched up at their noisy neighbours on March 7, 2021 and, courtesy of a Bruno Fernandes penalty and a Luke Shaw strike, the Norwegian claimed his third win in as many visits to the Etihad as United boss.

What is the Longest Unbeaten Run in Premier League History?

Arsenal’s 49 consecutive undefeated league games from May 2003 to October 2004, including the entirety of their title winning 2003-04 season, remains a feat unmatched in Premier League history.

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