It may surprise you, but the Premier League’s top and bottom clubs facing each other isn’t such a regular occurrence.

When Norwich host Liverpool on Saturday night – live on talkSPORT – it will be the 36th contest between the theoretical worst and best sides in the division.

Noriwch suffered a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on the opening night of the 2019/20 season

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Noriwch suffered a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on the opening night of the 2019/20 season

The Canaries will fancy their chances against Jurgen Klopp’s men, despite their rampant march to the title.

Their opponents might be undefeated but they have looked weaker in recent weeks and Daniel Farke’s side have already shocked a few of the big boys this season, despite their lowly position.

Manchester City were early victims, losing 3-2 in September, while Tottenham, Leicester, and Arsenal have all been held to draws also.

But how often do team no.20 topple the league leaders in the English top flight?

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Well, in the 35 matches since the Premier League era began, there have been 25 wins for the club in first place.

There have been some shocks, however, with six draws and four wins for the side propping up the table.

So, who are the clubs who have provided the biggest upsets? talkSPORT.com looks at the results and how the sides did after their meeting?


March 9, 1993: Oldham 1-0 Manchester United

Up until this game, the Latics were having a terrible season.

Just seven wins and six draws saw them languishing at the bottom in the Premier League’s inaugural campaign. Then Man United rolled into town.

A single Neil Adams header put the hosts ahead and even though United hit the bar through Brian McClair, the three points were won on a muddy pitch.

It sparked pandemonium in the stands with supporters going wild as their heroes walked off the pitch.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 1993

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in 1993

It set off a stunning run of form too, as they won five and drew three of their remaining 11 games, including a victory over title challengers Aston Villa.

United, meanwhile, still won the title but were certainly rattled by the loss – drawing their next three games against Villa, Man City and Arsenal before a run of seven straight wins to seal glory.

January 17, 2004: Wolves 1-0 Manchester United

Wolves, in their first ever Premier League season, weren’t enjoying life in the top-flight from the get-go.

A 5-1 loss to Blackburn in their first game of the campaign was a sign of things to come

But come January, it was New Year, New Wolves – and after a 2-0 loss to Charlton they delivered a huge blow to United’s title hopes as the Red Devils battled with Arsenal for the title.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side had just hit top spot when they travelled to Molineux and it should have been a straight forward victory.

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Chances were missed by the Red Devils but then Rio Ferdinand – in his last game before an eight-month ban – went off injured.

Wes Brown replaced him and almost immediately slipped on the pitch, allowing Kenny Miller to stride forward and strike the ball beyond Tim Howard.

Wolves still went down but the defeat was the start of Manchester United’s capitulation.

They would lose another six games, while Arsenal shut up shop and failed to lose a single one, securing their ‘Invincibles’ title.

Kenny Miller celebrates his winner for Wolves against Manchester United

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Kenny Miller celebrates his winner for Wolves against Manchester United

November 2008 – Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool

The only way was up for Spurs after just two points from eight games.

We won’t bore you with the details of Harry Redknapp’s greatest triumph but when the Reds rolled into town they’d had an exceptional start to the campaign.

Eight wins in 10 games had them in pole position and a Dirk Kuyt strike after three minutes had them ahead at White Hart Lane.

But a Jamie Carragher own goal got Spurs back on level terms and as the game moved into added time they found the back of the net again.

A parried David Bentley shot found Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko superbly flicked his pass across the box.

Spurs ended up finishing eighth, despite the terrible start, while Liverpool were left to rue the loss – one of just two they had all season in the Premier League – as they finished second to Manchester United.

Roman Pavlyuchenko celebrates scoring for Tottenham against Liverpool at White Hart Lane

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Roman Pavlyuchenko celebrates scoring for Tottenham against Liverpool at White Hart Lane

February 5, 2011: Wolves 2-1 Manchester United

The Red Devils were once again well on their way to a Premier League title and hadn’t lost a single game in the campaign.

A Nani goal after three minutes looked like it had put them on the road to another victory.

Wolves had other ideas though with George Elokobi heading home after a quickly taken corner caught United cold.

And then just before half-time Kevin Doyle headed home a Nenad Milijas free-kick to give them a wild win.

Wolves’ victory was vital and they ended up staying in the Premier League by just a single point, while Manchester United were barely moved by the loss, claiming the title by nine points.

George Elokobi and Kevin Doyle celebrate against Manchester United

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George Elokobi and Kevin Doyle celebrate against Manchester United

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