“Stop the league, now” – no doubt you’ll have heard at least one football fan shout it out in jest at some point over the last few days.

West Ham, with their impressive 2-0 win over Arsenal in the bag, have secured fourth place – and a berth in the Champions League – if the Premier League was one game long.

The cries of West Ham fans would be joined by those of a Manchester United supporter, when an early victory over Tottenham briefly put them top of the league for the first time in two years.

The second will almost certainly have been from a Leicester City fan, when they went top for the first time in, well, forever.

Now, with Manchester CIty going top on Monday night you can add a third club to that list.

So, with tongue firmly in cheek, we set off to see how Premier League history would look if the season lasted for just one match.

The 2006 season would have been interesting for open-top bus operators – Charlton and West Ham would have shared the spoils, with a trip through the Blackwall tunnel a necessity. Charlton would also have taken the 2001 title.

Chelsea would have won the most titles having been top of the Premier League after the first round of matches in four seasons - 99-00, 08-09, 10-11 and 14-15.

Only one of those (2014-15) saw the west London club actually go on to win the league though.

Newcastle United have topped the league after the opening round on three occasions, 95-96, 02-03, and 07-08.

Sadly for Magpies fans though, Manchester United finished as league champions in each of those seasons.

Season | Team top after 1 game | Goals for | Goals against | Team in joint top

2016 | Man City | 3 | 0 |

2015 | Chelsea | 3 | 1 |

2014 | Man City | 4 | 0 |

2013 | Fulham | 5 | 0 | Swansea

2012 | Bolton | 4 | 0 | Man City

2011 | Chelsea | 6 | 0 |

2010 | Arsenal | 6 | 1 |

2009 | Chelsea | 4 | 0 |

2008 | Newcastle | 3 | 1 |

2007 | Man United | 5 | 1 |

• 2006 | Charlton | 3 | 1 | West Ham

2005 | Arsenal | 4 | 1 | Bolton

2004 | Blackburn | 5 | 1 |

2003 | Newcastle | 4 | 0 |

2002 | Bolton | 5 | 0 |

• 2001 | Charlton | 4 | 0 |

2000 | Chelsea | 4 | 0 |

1999 | Wimbledon | 3 | 1 |

1998 | Man United | 2 | 0 |

1997 | Man United | 3 | 0 | Nottingham Forest

1996 | Newcastle | 3 | 0 |

1995 | Liverpool | 6 | 1 |

1994 | Aston Villa | 4 | 1 |

1993 | Norwich | 4 | 2 |