Clashes between the division’s best sides can be defining fixtures within a Premier League season and the 2019/20 campaign proved no different, serving up some huge head-to-head encounters between the top six.
Fixtures between sides occupying similar positions are often dubbed as ‘six-pointers’ for their influence on the campaign, and we’ve decided to assess the records of the Premier League’s top six during the past season.
Here are the rankings of the Premier League‘s top six’s head-to-head record in 2019/20:
Leicester – 5 points
Leicester’s pursuit of Champions League football ultimately crumbled following the Premier League’s restart, the Foxes finishing fifth following an end of season slump despite occupying a top-four position for much of the campaign.
Brendan Rodgers’ side will no doubt look back with regret at a poor record against the rest of the division’s top six after falling to fifth on the final day of the season – defeat to Manchester United seeing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side leapfrog Leicester to take their place amongst Europe’s elite.
That defeat was part of home and away losses to the Red Devils, whilst Leicester also lost both league fixtures against champions Liverpool and runners-up Manchester City. The Foxes took just five points from their ten fixtures against the eventual top six, their sole victory a 2-1 win against Tottenham at the King Power Stadium in September.
Tottenham – 8 points
Sixth-placed Tottenham also struggled when it came to getting results against the Premier League’s finest, picking up just two victories and eight points from their ten fixtures against the division’s top six teams.
The north London outfit lost all but one of their away fixtures against the Premier League’s best, the only exception a 2-2 draw at Manchester City – Spurs then under the management of Mauricio Pochettino – in just the club’s second game of the campaign.
Jose Mourinho’s arrival saw the club begin to climb the table but they registered just two wins in top six clashes, beating Manchester City 2-0 in February before Harry Kane scored twice in a 3-0 thrashing of Leicester in the penultimate game of the season.
Chelsea – 11 points
Frank Lampard’s debut season at Chelsea saw the club secure Champions League qualification and reach the FA Cup final, but the west Londoners will need to improve on an indifferent record against the top six if they are to emerge as title contenders next season.
Chelsea picked up 11 points from their ten fixtures against top six opposition, beating Tottenham both home and away and securing a hard fought 2-1 victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in June – a win that ultimately handed Liverpool the Premier League crown.
Lampard’s side also shared the spoils with Leicester in both fixtures against the fifth-placed Foxes, but failed to earn a point in clashes with Liverpool and Manchester United, including a humbling 4-0 thrashing at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the season.
Manchester City – 13 points
Manchester City finished top of the top six ‘mini-table’ last season after taking a hugely impressive 25 points from their ten fixtures, but it’s been a different story for Pep Guardiola’s side this time around during a disappointing defence of their Premier League title.
Last season’s champions have taken 13 points from their ten encounters with top six opposition, notably losing both Manchester derby clashes and suffering defeats on the road at Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea.
City did, however, defeat Leicester both home and away, whilst securing victories at the Etihad against Chelsea and Liverpool – their 4-0 thrashing of Jurgen Klopp’s newly-crowned champions in July sending an early warning to the Reds ahead of next season’s title challenge.
Manchester United – 23 points
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season as Manchester United saw the Norwegian secure Champions League football and a return to Europe’s elite next season, a strong second half to the campaign seeing the Red Devils secure a third-placed finish.
A fine record against the rest of the top six helped United’s pursuit of Champions League qualification, beating Chelsea and Leicester – the two sides who finished directly below them – both home and away, in addition to winning both derby encounters against Manchester City.
United also became the first side to halt Liverpool’s flawless start to the season with a draw at Old Trafford in October, whilst four points were taken from clashes with Tottenham. Their head-to-head record against the division’s top six saw them lose just once in ten fixtures – a 2-0 defeat to eventual champions Liverpool at Anfield in January.
Liverpool – 25 points
Liverpool’s stunning season saw the club secure the Premier League title with a record seven games to spare, the Reds comfortably the finest side in the division and finishing the season with a club-record 99 points.
The club’s first league title in three decades was boosted by a formidable head-to-head record against the Premier League’s top six, winning eight and losing just one of their ten clashes against the division’s best.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United as they dropped their first points of the season in October, whilst their solitary defeat – a humbling 4-0 loss at Manchester City – came after the title had already been secured.
Liverpool won each of their five home fixtures against top six opposition and also beat Chelsea, Spurs and Leicester on the road, the latter a 4-0 thumping of Brendan Rodgers’ side in arguably the club’s best performance of a title-winning campaign.