QPR 0-5 Swansea - 18th August 2012
Michu 8', 53', Dyer 63', 71', Sinclair 81'
The 2012/13 Premier League season started with a bang as Swansea took the headlines with a 5-0 mauling of a much-fancied QPR side.
It may not seem like much looking back from the end of the season, but the situation was quite different back in August. There were doubts over Swansea's future after losing manager Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool while QPR's summer spending spree had many neutrals backing them to be dark horses this season.
As it turned out, it was a then-unknown striker by the name of Michu who stood out in the match and he never looked back, racking up 18 goals in his debut season in England.
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Southampton 2-3 Manchester United - 2nd September 2012
Lambert 16', Schneiderlin 55', Van Persie 23′, 87′, 90′
Any lingering doubts over Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to spend £22.5 million on a 29-year-old with a dubious injury record in Robin van Persie were erased after his hat-trick just three Premier League games into his United career.
Southampton were giving United a run for their money and looked odds-on to spoil Ferguson's 1000th league game in charge after Van Persie's chipped penalty was saved in the second half.
But Van Persie had other ideas and conjured two goals - his 100th in the league, no less - in the final five minutes of play to seal an amazing last-gasp comeback.
Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham: - 17th November 2012
Adebayor 10', Mertesacker 24′, Podolski 42′, Giroud 45′, Cazorla 60′, Bale 71', Walcott 90'
North London derbies have always been fiery affairs and the recent rise of Tottenham has only served to intensify the rivalry.
Former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor took centre stage on this occasion, sparking Spurs to life with a goal 10 minutes into the game, but triggered their collapse seven minutes later after a wild lunge on Santi Cazorla.
The visitors struggled to cope with the one-man deficit and capitulated to a 5-2 defeat - a repeat of the same scoreline in the encounter a season earlier.
Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United - 9th December 2012
Rooney 16', 29', Yaya Toure 60', Zabaleta 86', Van Persie 90'
Manchester City were a mere three points behind United at the top of the table and a win would have put them on top on goal difference. This was the perfect time for City to put their ruthlessness on display too as United's defence were leaking early goals early in the season.
However, it was United who struck early with a Rooney brace in a derby that lived up to its fiery expectations. City pulled level with five minutes left on the clock via Pablo Zabaleta, but it was United's determination that shone through as Van Persie's free kick was deflected into the net by Samir Nasri in the second minute of added time.
The goal sparked chaos in the Etihad Stadium and Rio Ferdinand was struck in the head by a coin and was saved from a pitch invader by a slippery surface and Joe Hart.
Not that Rio minded - United extended their lead to six points going into the busy December period and never looked back in their march to the title.
Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa - 23rd December 2012
Torres 3′, Luiz 29′, Ivanovic 34′, Lampard 58′, Ramires 75′, 90′, Oscar 79′ (pen), Hazard 83′
At this point of the season, Paul Lambert's young Aston Villa side were looking good after upsetting Liverpool 3-1 in the previous week while Chelsea looked fatigued after returning from a FIFA World Club Cup trip halfway across the world.
It was clear from the opening minutes that a shock result was on the cards - only not in the manner that was expected.
Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan did his best to limit the damage with a string of fine saves but it wasn't enough as he was woefully exposed by an inexperienced five-man defence.
Chelsea romped on and had seven different players getting onto the scoresheet - a first ever in Premier League history.
Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle: Arsenal revival, Walcott Hat Trick - 29th December 2012
Walcott 20′, 73′, 90′, Oxlade-Chamberlain 50′, Podolski 64′, Giroud 84′, 87′, Ba 43′, 69′, Marveaux 59′
All eyes were on Theo Walcott coming into the game after the England striker delayed signing a new contract with the club, casting doubts to his future at the Emirates with the January transfer window looming.
In the end, Walcott gave Arsene Wenger yet another reminder of his goal-scoring talents to reinforce his calls to be played as a striker with a stunning hat-trick against a sorry Newcastle side. He went on to sign the contract two weeks later and Arsenal never looked back since to seal a spot in the top four by the end of the season.
On the other hand, the result was indicative of Newcastle's disastrous season. Despite a strong finish in the previous season that suggested they could mount a challenge for a Europa League spot, a plethora of injuries derailed their campaign and the shambolic performance only revealed the depth of trouble they were in.
Fortunately for Newcastle, though, they managed to guarantee safety from relegation in the final weeks of a disappointing, fate-struck season.
Southampton 3-1 Manchester City - 9th February 2013
Puncheon 7′, S Davis 22′, Barry 48′ (og), Dzeko 39′
Joe Hart admitted in the build-up that anything but victory at St Mary's would end any hopes of City retaining the title with United boasting a nine-point cushion.
The pressure seemed to get to City and they played like anything but champions; inexplicable mistakes by two of their most reliable players in Hart and Gareth Barry saw City go 2-0 down early and eventually fall 3-1 to a stylish Southampton side.
United, on the other hand, went on to beat Everton the next day to open up a 12-point lead.
Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea - 21st April 2013
Oscar 26', Sturridge 52', Hazard 57' (pen), Suarez 90+6
The spotlight was supposed to have been reserved for former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez's first appearance back at Anfield, but Luis Suarez had other ideas and upstaged him with a bizarre biting incident and a stoppage-time equaliser.
First, Suarez's accidental handball minutes after Daniel Sturridge's equaliser stopped Liverpool's mini-revival in its steps.
The Uruguayan's frustration showed on the other end later on when he sunk his teeth into Branislav Ivanovic's arm. He went unpunished as referee Kevin Friend missed the incident, but the FA followed up on the incident and slapped him with a 10-match ban.
The Uruguayan still had a final say in the match though, scoring the equaliser with virtually the last kick of the game in the sixth and final minute of stoppage time.
Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland - 14th April 2013
Sessegnon 27′, Johnson 74′, Vaughan 82′
Paolo Di Canio earned the Sunderland fans' seal of approval in only his second game in charge with a devastating 3-0 win over derby rivals Newcastle.
The win was more astounding considering the fact that Sunderland arrived at St James' Park without a win in nine games and had taken three points in a derby encounter only once in their previous 16 attempts.
Stephane Sessegnon's first-half goal was followed up by strikes by Adam Johnson and David Vaughan late in the second period to haul the Black Cats three points clear of the relegation zone with five games to go.
Aston Villa 6-1 Sunderland - 29th April 2013
Vlaar 31′, Weimann 38′, Benteke 55′, 59′, 72′, Agbonlahor 88′, Rose 32′
Sunderland's revival came to a shuddering halt at Villa Park as Paul Lambert's side all but secured their safety with a stunning 6-1 win.
The game still looked like it was on the balance with the home side taking a 2-1 lead into half time, but Christian Benteke confirmed his status as one of the great emergent talents in the Premier League with a clinical three-goal burst in 17 minutes of the second half.
It was a much-needed win for Villa, who jumped five points clear of Wigan with only four games to play.