The final PL ‘big six’ head-to-head table in 2021-22: Liverpool 2nd…

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Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola embrace, Manchester, Etihad Stadium, 10 April 2022.

The Big Six all finished in the top six places of the Premier League in 2021-22 and their results against each other had a direct impact on their final placings within it. 

There’s some debate whether the concept of ‘the big six’ is relevant, given that Leicester City and West Ham have upset the applecart over recent seasons and Newcastle look poised to challenge in the near future.

But the fact remains that Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham dwarf the rest of the competition when it comes to their resources and wage bills – not to mention how their clashes are hyped up by the broadcasters.

But who came out on top of those marquee fixtures in the 2021-22 campaign?

As ever, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were imperious, while Liverpool remained unbeaten against the would-be title challengers but found themselves drawing more often than winning. It’s small margins like this that decide the Premier League title these days.

Chelsea’s record against the old guard is mixed, matching their turbulent season, while Arsenal rarely raised their game against their direct rivals. Spurs and United had their moments, but not enough of them.

We’ve crunched the numbers and present the final table below.

1. Manchester City – 20 points

Played: 10
Won: 6
Drawn: 2
Lost: 2

Goals for: 22
Goals against: 9
Goal difference: +13

2. Liverpool – 15 points

Played: 10
Won: 4
Drawn: 6
Lost: 0

Goals for: 25
Goals against: 10
Goal difference: +15

3. Chelsea – 12 points

Played: 10
Won: 3
Drawn: 4
Lost: 3

Goals for: 14
Goals against: 11
Goal difference: +3


4. Tottenham – 11 points

Played: 9
Won: 3
Drawn: 2
Lost: 5

Goals for: 13
Goals against: 19
Goal difference: -6

Antonio Conte, Tottenham Manager, November 2021

READ: How the PL table would look if it began when Tottenham hired Conte

5. Manchester United – 11 points

Played: 10
Won: 3
Drawn: 2
Lost: 5

Goals for: 13
Goals against: 23
Goal difference: -10

6. Arsenal – 9 points

Played: 10
Won: 3
Drawn: 0
Lost: 7

Goals for: 13
Goals against: 25
Goal difference: -12

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