Harry Kane has a better record against top six than Romelu Lukaku

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Two of the Premier League‘s most feared strikers will go head to head on Monday evening when Manchester United welcome Tottenham to Old Trafford.

Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane have been two of the most consistent threats in the top flight over the past four seasons, racking up over 100 goals apiece. 

Both are already off the mark this season, with Lukaku heading home last Sunday against Brighton, and Harry Kane having finally found the net in August against newly-promoted Fulham. 

Harry Kane has already got on the scoresheet for Spurs this season, scoring against Fulham

Harry Kane has already got on the scoresheet for Spurs this season, scoring against Fulham

Harry Kane has already got on the scoresheet for Spurs this season, scoring against Fulham

Romelu Lukaku got off the mark for Manchester United during the 3-2 defeat by Brighton

Romelu Lukaku got off the mark for Manchester United during the 3-2 defeat by Brighton

Romelu Lukaku got off the mark for Manchester United during the 3-2 defeat by Brighton

However, with players at the top so often measured by their performances against the best, it will be results — and goals — against top six rivals that could prove most valuable come the end of the season. 

And when looking at their individual records against the best the league has to offer, its clear the Spurs star has the edge over the Belgian.

Kane has scored twice more than Lukaku in matches involving Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal — netting 18 goals against rivals compared to the United forward’s 16. 

Kane has scored more goals against top-six rivals than Lukaku, finding the net 18 times 

Kane has scored more goals against top-six rivals than Lukaku, finding the net 18 times 

Kane has scored more goals against top-six rivals than Lukaku, finding the net 18 times 

KANE AND LUKAKU AGAINST BIG SIX 
HARRY KANE     ROMELU LUKAKU
3,092 Minutes Played    5,100
37  Games Played    67 
34  Games Started    56 
18  Goals    16 
172  Mins per goal    319 
Assists   
22  Goal Involvements    22 
141  Mins per Goal Involvement    232 

What is more impressive is that he has achieved that tally having played just 3,092 minutes — 2,008 less than Lukaku has played against the top six. 

Kane has been involved in 30 fewer matches than Lukaku, playing in just 37 compared to 67, while he as started just 34 of those, compared to 56. 

All this gives the England captain a record of a goal every 172 minutes against the Premier League’s elite, boasting a particularly impressive record against north London rivals Arsenal who he has scored seven times against.

His record against Liverpool is none too bad either, finding the net against them on five occasions in just seven appearances.

However, he does struggle against United, scoring just once in eight Premier League appearances, and he has never found the net at Old Trafford. 

The England captain boasts a particularly strong record against north London rivals Arsenal

The England captain boasts a particularly strong record against north London rivals Arsenal

The England captain boasts a particularly strong record against north London rivals Arsenal

Lukaku on the other hand scores every 319 minutes, but he does boast a better record when it comes to assists. The former Everton striker has set up six goals in games, while the Spurs man has laid on just four. 

The Belgian has, somewhat unfairly, been burdened with a reputation for failing to show up against the bigger teams, but 16 goals would beg to differ. 

However, he tends to struggle against Spurs, having scored just once against them, for Everton in 2017.

He’ll have the chance to put that right on Monday night, and give United a much needed boost following their tough start to the season on and off the pitch. 

Lukaku has an unfair reputation when it comes to big games, but can put that right on Monday

Lukaku has an unfair reputation when it comes to big games, but can put that right on Monday

Lukaku has an unfair reputation when it comes to big games, but can put that right on Monday

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Harry Kane has a better record against top six than Romelu Lukaku