Biggest Rivalries in the EPL
Let’s be honest: watching an actual game of football is fun, but it wouldn’t be half the experience it is today without the rivalries, fandoms and wildly enthusiastic crowds to cheer on the players. So what are some of the fiercest English Premier League (EPL) rivalries in recent years?
Let’s start at the top, with the biggest feud between two teams. Manchester United and Liverpool – who are both located in the Northwest region of England – have a rivalry that dates back to the Industrial Revolution, in which both cities competed against each other in industrial and economic endeavours.
The contention quickly moved over to the beautiful game, with citizens from each side expressing their competitiveness via the teams and their skilled players.
The Red Devils are involved in another feud with one of their neighbours, however this time it’s with one of the EPL’s top sides, Manchester City. As the two teams tend to leapfrog each other with their successes over the years, each victory for one side adds extra fuel to the rivalry fire for the other.
The Merseyside derby is yet another clash that’s exacerbated by close proximity, as Liverpool’s Anfield and Everton’s Goodison Park stadiums are less than a mile apart from each other in Liverpool, England.
While the history books tell us this was once a friendly rivalry, the ferocious clashes between the supporters have made it clear that things have deteriorated between the two sides.