Most goals against the ‘big six’ in Premier League era: Who tops the list?

The term “big six” refers to six prominent football clubs in England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur. These clubs have consistently been among the top teams in English football during the Premier League era, which began in 1992. Initially, the Premier League had a ‘big four’ comprising Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea, from around 2003 to 2009. However, the rise of Manchester City, fueled by significant investment from Abu Dhabi, and Tottenham Hotspur’s progress both on and off the field, led to the expansion of the ‘big’ group to six teams. These clubs not only enjoy success on the field but also possess global brand recognition and commercial appeal, making them dominant forces in English football.

Analyzing a player’s performance against the Premier League ‘big six’ has become a common practice among football fans, as it is believed to provide a true reflection of their quality and impact on the pitch. Goals and assists tallied against these top-tier teams are seen as particularly noteworthy achievements, showcasing a player’s ability to deliver in high-pressure situations. Here’s a breakdown of the players with the most goals against the Premier League ‘big six.’


All-time list of players with most goals against Premier League ‘big six’

Player Team Matches Goals Av. goals per min
1. Alan Shearer Newcastle United 129 56 0.43
2. Wayne Rooney Manchester United, Everton 135 45 0.33
3. Sergio Aguero Manchester City 75 44 0.59
4. Jamie Vardy Leicester City 98 43 0.44
5. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Chelsea, Leeds United 81 41 0.51
6. Mohamed Salah Liverpool 67 39 0.58
7. Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur 81 39 0.48
8. Thierry Henry Arsenal 61 34 0.56
9 Dion Dublin Manchester United, Aston Villa 92 34 0.37
10. Robbie Fowler Liverpool 90 33 0.37
11. Andrew Cole Manchester United, Newcastle United, Manchester City 109 32 0.29

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