Ranking the Premier League’s Big Six clashes from closest to most one-sided…

Date published: Saturday 5th November 2022 6:52 - Ian Watson

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag, Arsenal's Mikel Arteta and Man City boss Pep Guardiola.

Liverpool face Tottenham this weekend in what has become one of the most one-sided Big Six clashes. Still, Spurs can speak of a better record against the Reds than Arsenal have against Manchester City. The Dog & Duck has as many points against City as the Gunners have in their last 10 matches…

Here’s how all of the Big Six rank in terms of points against each other over their last 10 meetings, from closest to most one-sided:


15) Arsenal v Tottenham – even
Arsenal  14 points; Tottenham  14 points
GD: even
Top scorer: Harry Kane (8)

North London is, er, pink.


14) Liverpool v Man City – even
Liverpool 13; Man City 13
GD: City +4
Top scorer: Mo Salah (6)

Nothing between the Premier League’s two best teams in recent years. There has been one goalless draw in the last 10 and the last game – Liverpool’s first win in three years – was tight but you are usually guaranteed goals in City v Liverpool, with an average of 3.4 per game.


=12) Arsenal v Chelsea – Arsenal +3
Arsenal 15; Chelsea 12
GD: Arsenal +3
Top scorers: Eddie Nketiah, Tammy Abraham, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Marcos Alonso (all 2)

The last three meetings between the London rivals have gone the way of the away team. A good omen for Arsenal ahead of Sunday.


=12) Arsenal v Man Utd – Arsenal +3
Arsenal 15; Man Utd 12
GD: Arsenal +3
Top scorers: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Cristiano Ronaldo (3)

Arsenal’s only defeat this season came to United when Mikel Arteta sensed victory was there for the taking before going home with nothing but a slapped arse.


11) Man City v Tottenham – City +3
Man City 16; Tottenham 13
GD: City +4
Top scorer: Ilkay Gundogan (5)

City might have the edge over 10 games but Spurs have won four of their last five, shutting out Pep Guardiola’s men in three of them.


10) Man Utd v Man City – +3
Man Utd 13; Man City 16
GD: City +6
Top scorer: Anthony Martial (5)

The overall derby record is a lot closer than the last meeting between the Manchester clubs, even if Pep Guardiola is starting to view United again as a threat of sorts.


9) Liverpool v Chelsea – Liverpool +6
Liverpool 16; Chelsea 10
GD: Liverpool +5
Top scorers: Mo Salah, Sadio Mane (4)

Not since Thiago invented talking in September 2020 have Liverpool beaten Chelsea in the Premier League. But they’ve won two cup finals against the Blues this year, so there’s that…

8) Man Utd v Tottenham –  United +9
Man Utd 19; Tottenham 10
GD: even
Top scorers: Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo (4)

United have won their last four games against Spurs even if the hilarious 6-1 pumping at Old Trafford in October 2020 has kept Spurs level on goal difference.


7) Chelsea v Man Utd – Man Utd +9
Chelsea 7; Man Utd 16
GD: Man Utd +7
Top scorer: Anthony Martial (4)

Chelsea haven’t beaten United in the Premier League since Bonfire Night five years ago. Though they came mighty close a couple of weeks ago and seven of the last 10 have been draws.


6) Liverpool v Man Utd – Liverpool +9
Liverpool 18; Man Utd 9
GD: Liverpool +13
Top scorer: Mo Salah (8)

United have won the first and last of their most recent 10 encounters with Liverpool, with the sh*t in the sandwich coming in the form of five defeats and three draws.


5) Chelsea v Tottenham – Chelsea +12
Chelsea 20; Tottenham 8
GD: Chelsea +7
Top scorer: Dele Alli (3)

Dele Alli loves playing Chelsea but that’s all he was useful for towards the end of his Tottenham career. It’s almost four years since Spurs have been Chelsea in the league and their record at Stamford Bridge is even worse, having won only once in 38 matches.


4) Chelsea v Man City – Man City +12
Chelsea 9; Man City 21
GD: City +9
Top scorer: Kevin De Bruyne (5)

Seven of the last 10 have been settled by one goal – though there is also a 6-0 pumping in there for Chelsea too. Raheem Sterling was the second-highest scorer behind KDB when he swapped sides in the summer.


3) Arsenal v Liverpool – Liverpool +12
Arsenal 8; Liverpool 20
GD: Liverpool +15
Top scorers: Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah (6)

The recent 3-2 win was Arsenal’s only triumph over Liverpool in the last 10 other than a 2-1 victory in July 2020 when the Reds had long since been confirmed as champions.


2) Liverpool v Tottenham – Liverpool +15
Liverpool 21; Tottenham 6
GD: Liverpool +4
Top scorers: Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah, Harry Kane (5)

Not since October 2017, when Dejan Lovren had his pants pulled down at Wembley, have Spurs beaten Liverpool in the Premier League. But they haven’t lost to the Reds since Antonio Conte took over. First win in five years this weekend?


1) Arsenal v Man City  – Man City +30
Arsenal 0; Man City 30
GD: Man City +23
Top scorers: Raheem Sterling (5)

It’s a whitewash, with Arsenal having scored one goal against City since February 2019. You have to go back to April 2017 since they last earned a point, and Christmas 2015 – almost seven years ago – since they actually beat City.


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