Ranking the Big Six clashes from closest to most one-sided

Date published: Thursday 18th November 2021 9:52 - Ian Watson

Arsenal face Liverpool on Saturday, with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all licking their lips. The Gunners have a wretched record against the Reds, though they’ve fared even worse against City.

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…


=13) Arsenal v Tottenham – Even
Arsenal 14 points; Tottenham 14 points
GD: Arsenal +1
Top scorers: Harry Kane (6)

North London is, er, pink.


=13) Man Utd v Man City – Even
Man Utd 14; Man City 14
GD: City +1
Top scorer: Anthony Martial (3)

The overall derby record is a lot closer than the last meeting between these two sides when the gulf has never appeared bigger.


=11) Man Utd v Tottenham – Man Utd +3
Man Utd 16; Tottenham 13
GD: Spurs +3
Top scorers: Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane (4)

United’s 3-0 win which did for Nuno last month has given the Red Devils the edge, even if the 6-1 battering at Old Trafford still has Spurs ahead on goal difference.


=11) Arsenal v Chelsea – Chelsea +3
Arsenal 12; Chelsea 15
GD: Chelsea +1
Top scorer: Marcos Alonso (3)

Alonso only needs another 10 to equal Didier Drogba’s record for goals in this London derby.


=5) Man City v Tottenham – City +6
Man City 17; Tottenham 11
GD: City +5
Top scorers: Ilkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling, Heung-min Son (4)

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


=5) Arsenal v Man Utd – Arsenal +6
Arsenal 16; Man Utd 10
GD: Arsenal +4
Top scorers: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jesse Lingard (3)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United have never beaten Arsenal in the Premier League – he’s had six attempts. This will become a theme as you read on…


=5) Chelsea v Man Utd – Man Utd +6
Chelsea 10; Man Utd 16
GD: Man Utd +4
Top scorers: Anthony Martial (4)

Chelsea haven’t beaten United in the Premier League since Bonfire Night four years ago. Indeed, not since April 2019 have Chelsea scored against United in the league.


=5) Liverpool v Man City – City +6
Liverpool 10; Man City 16
GD: +10
Top scorers: Mo Salah (5)

There has been one goalless draw in the last 10 but you are usually guaranteed goals in City v Liverpool, with an average of 3.6 per game.


=5) Liverpool v Chelsea – Liverpool +6
Liverpool 16; Chelsea 10
GD: Liverpool +5
Top scorers: Mo Salah, Sadio Mane (3)

Liverpool went four without a win to start these 10 fixtures then they won the next four on the bounce. But under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea have yet to lose to Liverpool.


=5) Chelsea v Man City – Man City +6
Chelsea 12; Man City 18
GD: City +7
Top scorers: Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne (4)

Seven of the last 10 in this fixture have been won by a one-goal margin. One of the other three was settled by six.


=4) Liverpool v Man Utd – Liverpool +9
Liverpool 17; Man Utd 8
GD: Liverpool +10
Top scorers: Mo Salah (5)

Not in six attempts in the Premier League has Solskjaer beaten Liverpool. United have to go back to March 2018 for the last time they turned over Jurgen Klopp’s men.

=4) Chelsea v Tottenham – Chelsea +9
Chelsea 19; Tottenham 10
GD: Chelsea +4
Top scorer: Dele Alli (5)

Dele Alli might love playing Chelsea but the Blues haven’t suffered defeat to Tottenham in their last six fixtures, in which time Spurs have scored only once.


=2) Arsenal v Liverpool – Liverpool +18
Arsenal 5; Liverpool 23
GD: Liverpool +17
Top scorers: Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino (6)

On only two occasions in the last 10 games have Arsenal restricted Liverpool to fewer than three goals while the Reds’ front three fills their boots against the Gunners. Maybe Saturday will be different…


=2) Liverpool v Tottenham – Liverpool +18
Liverpool 23; Tottenham 5
GD: Liverpool +6
Top scorers: Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino (5)

Even if five have been by a single goal, Liverpool have won their last six on the bounce against Tottenham. Antonio Conte will get his first crack at reversing that trend in the week before Christmas.


1) Arsenal v Man City  – Man City + 27
Arsenal 1; Man City 28
GD: Man City +22
Top scorers: Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling (5)

City have won all their last nine Premier League meetings with Arsenal scoring at least three goals on six of those occasions. The last meeting was embarrassing.

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