After Arsenal’s failure to beat bogey side Chelsea for a ninth straight game, we take a look at who other Premier League sides simply hate facing.
The Gunners went into Sunday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium looking strong favourites for victory.
The Gunners were aiming to keep the momentum up in their title bid by moving back into top spot, while their visitors’ dismal season still saw them positioned in the bottom half of the table and struggling for wins. Also, Jose Mourinho – the hosts’ apparent nemesis – was no longer in the Blues dugout.
However, what subsequently transpired was Chelsea underlining their status as Arsenal’s bogey team, claiming a 1-0 win that means they are unbeaten in nine straight league meetings between the clubs.
Here, we take a look at other cases of teams appearing cursed against certain opponents.
EVERTON’S BOGEY TEAM: LIVERPOOL
October’s 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park meant Everton have registered only one victory – back in 2010 – against their local rivals in 18 league meetings.
NEWCASTLE’S BOGEY TEAM: SUNDERLAND
Another sore one between neighbours – Newcastle have failed to win any of the last eight Tyne-Wear derbies, and lost the last six.
ASTON VILLA’S BOGEY TEAM: MANCHESTER UNITED
Villa have added just one more victory over United to that they achieved on the first day of the 1995-96 season in the 40 league meetings that have followed.
WEST HAM’S BOGEY TEAM: EVERTON
A more pleasing statistic for the Toffees. Since losing 1-0 at Upton Park in 2007, Everton have played West Ham 15 times in the league and not been beaten once.
SWANSEA’S (FORMER?) BOGEY TEAM: EVERTON
Another one involving the blue half of Merseyside – and a hoodoo that was finally broken on Sunday. Swansea’s 2-1 victory at Everton was the first time they had beaten them in a league match in 22 attempts.