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Top 10 Premier League hat-tricks

Chris Wood's three goals in Nottingham Forest's 3-1 win at Newcastle on Boxing Day was the 317th occasion in the Premier League that a player has scored a hat-trick in a match.

Some of the biggest names in the game have collected the match ball on numerous occasions since Eric Cantona was the first player to do it in the Premier League in 1992 and we have compiled a list of the ten greatest hat-tricks in the League's history.

10. Mark Viduka - Leeds 4 Liverpool 3, 4th October 2000

Leeds' Australian striker Mark Viduka was the star turn in a classic game at Elland Road when the Whites had to come from two goals down to beat Liverpool.

Viduka would score all four of the Yorkshire outfit's goals that day, twisting and turning his way through the Reds defence while also displaying his aerial power with a neat near-post header.

Those times when Leeds were one of the most exciting teams to watch in the country and were a true match for anyone in the Premier League.

9. Fabrizio Ravanelli - Middlesbrough 3 Liverpool 3, 17th August 1996

Middlesbrough became a happening place for top football talent in the late 90s and the acquisition of Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli had Teesside purring.

He had arrived for a £7m fee from Juventus that was colossal at the time and had an immediate impact, netting three times from close range in a pulsating clash at the Riverside against Liverpool.

Talk about setting your stall out. He would go on to score 17 goals in what turned out to be his only season at Boro, who were relegated despite reaching the FA Cup and League Cup finals.

8. Thierry Henry - Arsenal 4 Liverpool 2, 9th April 2004

Few would argue that Thierry Henry was not among the greatest players to grace the Premier League and his hat-trick against Liverpool at Highbury towards the end of the 2013-14 Invincibles season illustrated just how unplayable the Frenchman was at times.

He danced through a top Liverpool defence for his second goal and then went on to net another treble against Leeds the following week. It was a joy to watch.

7. Robin van Persie - Manchester United 3 Aston Villa 0, 22nd April 2013

This match sealed the trophy the last time Manchester United won the Premier League title and Villa struggled to live with Van Persie that night at Old Trafford.

His first goal was a routine tap-in but his second was anything but as he was found by a deep ball from Wayne Rooney and, after watching the ball glide over his shoulder, thumped it home on the volley from the edge of the area.

It was one of the Premier League's great goals and the fact it won the league made it all the more memorable.

6. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Nottingham Forest 1 Manchester United 8, 6th February 1999

In what was Manchester United's memorable treble-winning season, one of the most remarkable afternoons came at the City Ground when the soon-to-be-relegated Nottingham Forest were brushed aside.

It seemed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was just going to have a run-out for the last 18 minutes, but the Norwegian plainly had other ideas as he netted in the 80th and 88th minutes before adding another two to his tally in injury time.

His feat was the fastest time it had taken a player to score four goals in recorded English professional football history.

5. Alan Shearer - Newcastle 4 Leicester 3, 22nd February 1997

Premier League record goalscorer Alan Shearer scored 11 hat-tricks in the competition for Blackburn and Newcastle, and his most memorable came against Leicester.

The Magpies were 3-1 down against the Foxes with just 13 minutes left, but Shearer fired home a free-kick and netted from the edge of the area to draw them level.

There was a sense of inevitability when he netted the winner late on from almost on the goal line to complete the recovery.

4. Michael Owen - Newcastle 1 Liverpool 4, 30th August 1998

The football world was in awe of Michael Owen's pace after his wonder goal against Argentina at the World Cup in Saint Etienne a few months earlier, but one of his finest afternoons came at St James's Park in the early weeks of the following season.

Owen left the Newcastle defence for dead twice in the space of a minute and then completed his hat-trick just after the half-hour mark.

It remains one of the greatest displays of raw speed in the history of the Premier League.

3. Robbie Fowler - Liverpool 3 Arsenal 0, 28th August 1994

Robbie Fowler was one of the greatest natural goalscorers of the Premier League era and one of his most memorable afternoons came when he scored a hat-trick in just four minutes and 33 seconds against Arsenal at Anfield.

He netted from close range, fired in from the edge of the box and then kept his head after being put through by John Barnes on a memorable afternoon, and it was a record for the fastest Premier League hat-trick that would stand for more than 21 years, until…

2. Sadio Mane - Southampton 6 Aston Villa 1, 16th May 2015

There wasn't much riding on Southampton's home game against Aston Villa with the home side about to finish seventh and Villa well clear of any relegation worries.

However, Sadio Mane had an unbelievable day even if he was aided by some poor Villa defending to score two goals in the space of a minute after giving the Saints a 13th-minute lead.

The Senegalese star completed his hat-trick in the space of just two minutes and 56 seconds to smash Fowler's record and post a best figure that will be extremely difficult to top.

1. Dennis Bergkamp - Leicester 3 Arsenal 3, 27th August 1997

Dennis Bergkamp's hat-trick in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Leicester in 1997 will always be the benchmark for Premier League trebles, not least because it came in such a dramatic game.

The Dutchman's curler from the edge of the box would have been the highlight of any game and when he ran through to net a second it seemed to be all over.

However, the Foxes struck three times in the final six minutes and looked destined to take the points, only for Bergkamp to show his class by plucking a David Platt pass out of the air and adjusting his feet to net the equaliser right at the death. 

It was a brilliant goal from a brilliant player and our choice as the best Premier League hat-trick of all time.

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