By News Team
10th December 2020
There are plenty of hotly contested derbies in the Premier League, but our research has revealed that none are more competitive than the North London derby, with the Manchester derby a close second.
Manchester United welcome city rivals Manchester City to Old Trafford on Saturday for the latest instalment of the Manchester derby, with the Citizens having narrowly edged the fixture over the last decade.
And according to our research looking at 10 key Premier League derbies – analysing matches from all competitions over the last 10 years – only the North London derby has been more competitive.
City’s 48% win rate from the past 25 Manchester derby fixtures is just 4% more than the Red Devils’ 44% win rate, with the blue half of Manchester having picked up 12 victories to their rivals’ 11, with only two draws taking place in that time.
However, after Spurs’ victory in the North London derby on Sunday, both Spurs and Arsenal’s win rates sit neck-and-neck at 35% with nothing between the two sides. Both have claimed eight wins apiece alongside seven draws from the 23 meetings over the past 10 years.
Next in line when it comes to the Premier League’s most competitive derbies is the West Midlands derby between West Brom and Aston Villa, with the Baggies having won 35% of the games to Villa’s 29% for an advantage of 6%.
The M23 derby between Crystal Palace and Brighton follows, with respective win rates of 36% and 29% giving the Eagles a 7% edge. Rounding off the top five is the North West derby – Man United boast a 42% win rate to Liverpool’s 29% for a 13% superiority.
The Black Country derby between West Brom (50% win rate) and Wolves (25%) is a 25% split in the Baggies’ favour, while Sheffield United (67%) edge the Yorkshire derby with Leeds (33%) by 34%. Southampton (55%) have a 46% majority over Brighton (9%) in the South Coast derby.
Some 48% splits the Merseyside derby with Liverpool on 48% and Everton on 0%, while the West London derby is the least competitive affair of all with Chelsea (60%) boasting a 60% dominance over Fulham (0%).