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The Premier League remains the most popular and high-intensity league in the world of football and the one trophy all fans dreaming of seeing their club lift.
Who are the most successful sides in the history of the Premier League? Are Liverpool and Manchester United at the top of the tree, or do Arsenal and Chelsea boast the best records in the league?
1 Title – Liverpool, Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers
Three sides have lifted the Premier League trophy once each, with Liverpool the most recent of these teams. Their triumph in the 2019/20 season saw them pick up an incredibly impressive 32 wins while they netted 85 goals along the way. The Reds managed to pick up 99 points across the season, which was a full 18 points more than the 2015/16 shock league winners Leicester City. Punters who chose to bet with Neds and take the 1000/1 on offer before the season started, the Foxes were able to capitalize on the profligacy of the other sides in the league and picked up the trophy after winning just 23 times in 38 games. Blackburn Rovers are the final side to have won the trophy once, winning the third iteration of the competition back in the 1994/95 season. A massive 42 games brought 27 wins and 80 goals scored.
3 Titles – Arsenal
Arsenal was able to wrestle the Premier League title away from Manchester United in the 1997/98 season as they battled to their first ever Premier League crown. However, it was not plain sailing for the Gunners as they only snared 23 wins, scoring a rather paltry 68 goals. Arsenal had to watch United win three further titles before they got their hands on the trophy again in 2001/02, but it is the team of 2003/04 that everyone talks about. The Invincibles romped to title success as they won 26 matches, drawing 12 and avoiding defeat in the league across the entirety of the season. However, as good as this title win was, Arsenal have been made to wait for another triumph in the league, with a glut of different teams winning since the Gunners last lifted the trophy.
5 Titles – Manchester City and Chelsea
Chelsea came into the Premier League title battle with huge backing from Roman Abramovich. They romped to their first ever Premier League success in the 2004/05 season and backed it up in the 2005/06 season, losing just six games across 76 games in two seasons, while only conceding 37 goals.
The Blues have struggled to be majorly consistent since then, with wins in the 2009/10 season which saw them smash an exceptional 103 goals, along with their titles in the 2014/15 and 2016/17 seasons. Despite a glut of managers walking in, enjoying success, and then seeing the door, on their day the Blues are a side that can beat anyone but often really struggle to replicate their form the following season.
The joint-second most successful side in the history of Premier League football, Manchester City is a team that is always there or thereabouts in the league. A first win in the 2011/12 season started a trend that has seen City win five of the last 10 Premier League titles. City’s 2013/14 campaign saw them pick up an unprecedented 102 points, but they only went and smashed this record in the 2017/18 season, picking up 106 points, a Premier League record. Pep Guardiola’s current crop of players are looking to fight for the Champions League trophy right now, but that has not stopped City from creating a commanding lead in the Premier League at the time of writing.
13 Titles – Manchester United
The most successful team in the history of Premier League football, and it is not even close. Thirteen titles all began with their dual triumphs in the 1992/93 and 1993/93 seasons. Incredibly, United was able to lift the trophy in seven of the first nine seasons, with only Blackburn and Arsenal able to stop them from making it nine in nine. A supreme period between 2006-2009, saw them secure an unprecedented three titles in a row, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side losing just 14 times in 114 matches.
However, just two wins since 2010 and no triumph since the 2012/13 season has seen United really cede control of the top position in the league, with fierce rivals City winning four titles since United last won. The league has not been a kind place for United since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, and it does not seem like things will change any time soon.