European football’s most one-sided derby matches: How does Everton vs Liverpool compare?

As football fans know all too well, getting bested by your closest rivals on the pitch can prove as frustrating as it gets in the sport.

Whether a rivalry is based on geographical location, a previous flash point between the two clubs or by the sheer amount of times two particular teams have faced off against one another, deep-rooted derby dislike is one of the true cornerstones of world football.

Those rivalries are obviously much worse if your team keeps getting beaten.

With luckless Everton at risk of another bruising Premier League day out this weekend as they face fierce foes Liverpool, we ask: what are some of European football’s most one-sided rivalries?

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Everton vs. Liverpool

A competitive rivalry dating all the way back to 1894, Everton have now for a long period lived in Liverpool’s shadow when it comes to head-to-head results between the pair.

With just 67 victories across 240 competitive all-time clashes, Everton hold a measly 27.9 per cent win-rate against their cross-city rivals throughout the fixture’s illustrious history.

That poor form has been particularly present over the past 10 years or so, much to the frustration of Everton fans as their side have now won just one of the past 25 Premier League meetings with Liverpool.

The one victory in that sequence came just a few seasons back thanks a 2-0 scoreline at Anfield, which will have proved especially sweet for Toffees fans. That result finally ended their wait for an away win against Liverpool since a 1-0 success all the way back in September 1999!

Liverpool do continue to hold the bragging rights overall however, producing a number of records against their rivals. The Reds have kept 26 Premier League clean sheets in this head-to-head fixture, their most against any opposition, whilst their five winning goals past the 90th minute is also the most by a team against a single opponent.

Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke

Schalke and Borussia Dortmund hold a historic rivalry that dates all the way back to 1925, though it won’t take part again this season as Schalke were relegated to Germany’s second-flight for the second time in three seasons. 

Whilst the overall record remains relatively even since that first matchup, Dortmund have proved far too strong for Schalke to handle in recent Bundesliga meetings. 

Across their 15 matches since the start of 2015, Schalke have won this illustrious derby just twice. Four of the last five of those meetings saw them lose heavily to nil, whilst overall, they won just once away to their visitors in the league since late 2010.

Benfica vs. Porto

Portugal’s Classico sees fierce rivals Benfica and Porto face off, though since the 2015/16 campaign, it’s the boys in blue and white that have largely dominated this fiery affair.

Although Benfica have won three of the past four meetings to finally restore some pride, before that the Lisbon side had held an awful record against their great rivals. 

That had seen them go winless across their nine prior meetings, losing seven of those matches. In fact, their streak in this big Portuguese fixture between April 2015 and May 2021 saw them win just twice in 19 attempts.

Marseille vs. PSG

Paris Saint-Germain have proved near impossible for Marseille to break down across their clashes over this decade or so.

Since the second half of the 2011/12 Ligue 1 season, OM have won just two of their 29 outings against the capital club, losing 23 times in the process for good measure. 

In that time, PSG have twice won domestic cup titles at the expense of their fierce rivals from the south coast and have racked up an aggregate scoreline of 64-19 to really rub salt in the wounds. 

PSG star Kylian Mbappe has proved particularly potent against Marseille during that time, netting nine goals across his 13 Classique matches.

Atletico Madrid vs. Getafe

Perhaps Europe’s most one-sided city rivalry can be found in La Liga, with Spanish capital club Getafe remarkably holding just a 10 per cent win rate against Atletico Madrid across 40 competitive meetings. 

In fact, Getafe fans have witnessed just four victories against Atletico since the sides first clashed during the 2000/01 season, and they remain winless across 23 meetings following a 3-2 victory during the 2011/12 season.

In particular, spare a thought for their supporters who have previously headed north-east across the city to the Wanda Metropolitano as Getafe have lost 12 of the past 13 competitive away matches – drawing the most recent 1-1 last season. That winless streak also famously saw Getafe endure a run of 11 consecutive away matches without even scoring against Atleti! 

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