Ten Most Anticipated English Football Derbies.

This list deals with football derbies in England. This includes club teams who compete in local derbies as well as inter cities derbies.


10. War Of The Roses

The Rivalry was formed between Manchester United and Leeds United, sometimes nicknamed the Roses rivalry or Pennines derby. Both Northern English clubs Leeds United and Manchester United originated from strong enmity between the historical countries of Lancashire and Yorkshire in the 15th Century. In the past rivalry between the two clubs has gone beyond the action on the field.

The two clubs have met a total 109 times with their first meeting coming on the 20th of January 1923 which saw the derby ending in a goalless draw. Their latest meeting was in 2011, on the 20th of September in the league cup which saw Manchester United win 3 goals to nothing.

The Red Devils have the most wins of the derby winning 47 out of 109.

9. M23 Derby

It’s also nicknamed as A23 derby which originated from the A23 road and M23 motorway between Sussex and South London. It’s a derby between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace. This rivalry didn’t seriously arise until the late 1970s when both teams under the guidance of ambitious young managers rose from third division to the first division.

Both teams have played each other 105 times with Brighton winning 40 games and Crystal Palace winning 39, the rest ended in a draw.

8. Arsenal-Manchester United Rivalry

As the name implies, this is a rivalry between Manchester United and Arsenal who have been in the same division in English Football since 1919. The two clubs’ rivalry only became a fierce one in the late 1990s and early 2000s when they both compete for the premier league and fa cup titles.

They have faced themselves in 253 games with Manchester United winning 97, Arsenal winning 84, and both teams sharing the points on 52 bases.

7. North West London Derby [I]

This derby is between London based professional football clubs Chelsea and Tottenham. This derby was formed due to hatred and also top four contest as well as title chase.

Their first meeting was on the 18th of December 1909 where the Blues defeated Spurs 2-1 and their most recent meeting on the 22nd Of February 2020 also ending with Chelsea triumphing with 2-1 on the scoreboard.

6. M6 Derby

This derby is a high profile inter-city rivalry between two English powerhouses Manchester City and Liverpool. It is considered as one of the biggest rivalries in football in the early 2020s.

It began as a competition between the two clubs who both have the ambition of winning the EPL title as well as finishing the top four. They have met 183 times, most recently on the 2nd of July 2020 where Manchester City demolished the Reds 4 goals to nothing. Liverpool is still the leading winners of the derby with 88 wins against Manchester City’s 49 wins.

5. North West Derby

This is also a high profile inter-city rivalry which involves Liverpool and Manchester United. This rivalry is considered the most famous fixture in English football. This rivalry has been fuelled by the proximity of the two major cities they represent and also their European and domestic success. Manchester United leads in the head to head series itself, with 80 wins to Liverpool’s 67.

4. Merseyside Derby

This derby involves two English clubs, Everton and Liverpool. This is the longest-running top-flight derby in England. The Rivalry is due to the closeness of the two clubs stadiums and other factors, it has seen more red cards given than any other game since the creation of the premier league. Liverpool leads in the head to head series with 93 wins to Everton 66.

3. North West London Derby [II]

This is a rivalry between two London based clubs Arsenal and Chelsea. It dates back to November 1907 when they first met, Chelsea won the Gunners 2-1 in the Football league. Their latest meeting ended in a draw with both teams netting two goals each. Arsenal has won more games in the rivalry’s history having won 76 times to Chelsea’s 65.

2. North London Derby

This football local rivalry involves two English clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, both based in North London. The derby is one of the most famous and fiercest derbies in England and Europe. Their first meeting came in 1909 where Arsenal won narrowly with a goal while their most recent meeting was on the 12th of July 2020 where Spurs edged past the Gunners with 2-1 on the scoreboard. They have played a total of 200 games, Arsenal winning 82 and Tottenham winning 65.

1. Manchester Derby

This Derby includes two English teams Manchester United and Manchester City, the two clubs grounds are separated approximately 4 miles (6.4km). The two teams first met in 1881 where the Red Devils defeated Man City three goals to nothing and after then they have played on 181 other bases. Manchester United leads in head to head series with 76 wins to Manchester City’s 54.

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