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Inspired by ClubELO.com, the ELO rating system is a method of calculating and comparing the relative strengths of teams in competition. For every match played, the ELO scores of the two teams are considered, and adjusted for other factors (such as home advantage), to calculate the likelihood of the match result. When the actual result of the game is known, the ELO score is adjusted accordingly, comparing the expected outcome of the game with the actual outcome - so a victory over Manchester United will be worth more points than one over Supermarine. The resulting ELO score can be used to compare the strengths of teams over time, and to project future results based on the current form of all teams.

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CARDIFF CITY
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A historical overview of Cardiff City's ELO scores.

 

A list of the top 15 Cardiff City sides in history, based on their ELO score.

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1923 Wednesday, December 26, 1923 4104.20  
  1924 Tuesday, January 1, 1924 4102.07  
  1922 Saturday, September 9, 1922 4053.13  
  1927 Saturday, September 24, 1927 4039.59  
  1925 Saturday, March 14, 1925 4036.13  
  1928 Saturday, February 25, 1928 4027.48  
  1926 Saturday, April 3, 1926 4011.10  
  1954 Saturday, December 4, 1954 4007.26  
  1956 Saturday, March 10, 1956 4005.21  
  1953 Saturday, October 31, 1953 3987.88  
  1955 Saturday, March 19, 1955 3984.81  
  2013 Saturday, February 2, 2013 3949.99  
  2012 Monday, January 2, 2012 3949.59  
  1957 Saturday, January 19, 1957 3947.96  
  2011 Sunday, December 4, 2011 3947.80  
 
 

A list of the worst 15 Cardiff City sides in history, based on their ELO score.

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1996 Saturday, April 20, 1996 3382.83  
  1997 Saturday, January 18, 1997 3386.55  
  1998 Tuesday, August 18, 1998 3394.58  
  1934 Saturday, May 5, 1934 3436.92  
  1991 Saturday, August 17, 1991 3448.53  
  1935 Saturday, March 23, 1935 3463.50  
  1992 Wednesday, January 1, 1992 3465.60  
  1990 Saturday, December 15, 1990 3470.01  
  1995 Saturday, November 18, 1995 3473.19  
  1987 Friday, May 1, 1987 3478.82  
  1937 Monday, April 12, 1937 3480.71  
  1936 Wednesday, January 15, 1936 3484.59  
  1933 Monday, December 25, 1933 3489.87  
  1985 Saturday, November 30, 1985 3503.10  
  1986 Tuesday, April 8, 1986 3506.28  
 
 

A listing of the 20 most significant victories in Cardiff City's history, based on the ELO points difference between the two teams.

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Cardiff City (3660) vs. Leeds United (4153)
  Sunday, January 6, 2002
-426.6 7.9% 2-1 +9.2 
  Cardiff City (3600) vs. Charlton Athletic (4037)
  Saturday, January 7, 1939
-307.1 14.6% 1-0 +17.1 
  Cardiff City (3526) vs. Chelsea (3931)
  Tuesday, October 28, 1986
-317.8 13.8% 2-1 +17.2 
  Cardiff City (3915) vs. Manchester City (4238)
  Sunday, August 25, 2013
-278.4 16.8% 3-2 +16.6 
  Cardiff City (3922) vs. Tottenham Hotspur (4224)
  Saturday, March 11, 1961
-198.0 24.2% 3-2 +15.2 
  Cardiff City (3437) vs. Charlton Athletic (3736)
  Saturday, August 25, 1934
-167.2 27.6% 2-1 +14.5 
  Cardiff City (3635) vs. Watford (3923)
  Tuesday, October 9, 1984
-194.7 24.6% 1-0 +15.1 
  Cardiff City (3441) vs. Oldham Athletic (3728)
  Saturday, January 3, 1998
-223.6 21.6% 1-0 +7.8 
  Portsmouth (3800) vs. Cardiff City (3518)
  Wednesday, August 16, 1995
-350.2 11.8% 0-2 +13.2 
  Cardiff City (3526) vs. Millwall (3795)
  Monday, January 26, 1987
-181.4 26.0% 1-0 +14.8 
  Cardiff City (3634) vs. Manchester City (3903)
  Saturday, January 29, 1994
-196.7 24.4% 1-0 +7.6 
  Cardiff City (3728) vs. Middlesbrough (3996)
  Saturday, April 13, 1974
-165.2 27.9% 3-2 +14.4 
  Cardiff City (3517) vs. Portsmouth (3779)
  Tuesday, August 22, 1995
-193.9 24.7% 1-0 +7.5 
  Cardiff City (3451) vs. Luton Town (3709)
  Monday, August 27, 1934
-125.9 32.6% 1-0 +13.5 
  Cardiff City (3666) vs. Watford (3915)
  Saturday, April 3, 1982
-150.3 29.6% 2-0 +21.1 
  Cardiff City (3915) vs. Burnley (4158)
  Saturday, January 14, 1961
-138.9 31.0% 2-1 +13.8 
  Cardiff City (3466) vs. Watford (3706)
  Saturday, March 2, 1935
-108.6 34.9% 2-1 +13.0 
  Swindon Town (3861) vs. Cardiff City (3623)
  Saturday, December 20, 1913
-359.0 11.2% 1-2 +17.8 
  Cardiff City (3540) vs. Plymouth Argyle (3777)
  Tuesday, August 26, 1986
-149.6 29.7% 5-4 +14.1 
  Arsenal (4143) vs. Cardiff City (3906)
  Saturday, March 7, 1953
-336.4 12.6% 0-1 +17.5 
 
 

A listing of the 20 most significant defeats in Cardiff City's history, based on the ELO points difference between the two teams.

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Macclesfield Town (3357) vs. Cardiff City (3948)
  Saturday, January 5, 2013
+544.6 95.8% 2-1 -9.6 
  Hayes (3110) vs. Cardiff City (3535)
  Wednesday, November 21, 1990
+350.0 88.2% 1-0 -17.6 
  Northampton Town (3449) vs. Cardiff City (3873)
  Tuesday, August 14, 2012
+377.9 89.8% 2-1 -9.0 
  Cardiff City (3855) vs. York City (3432)
  Thursday, January 15, 1970
+529.0 95.5% 1-3 -28.6 
  Halifax Town (3526) vs. Cardiff City (3927)
  Saturday, January 10, 1953
+301.3 85.0% 3-1 -25.5 
  Gillingham (3456) vs. Cardiff City (3849)
  Wednesday, March 17, 1920
+273.7 82.9% 3-0 -29.0 
  Cardiff City (3556) vs. Dartford (3191)
  Saturday, November 30, 1935
+497.5 94.6% 0-3 -33.1 
  Cardiff City (3875) vs. Brentford (3530)
  Saturday, January 23, 1971
+448.5 93.0% 0-2 -27.9 
  Cardiff City (3806) vs. Barnet (3473)
  Tuesday, August 22, 2006
+388.8 90.4% 0-2 -13.6 
  Cardiff City (3698) vs. Weymouth (3382)
  Saturday, December 11, 1982
+407.1 91.2% 2-3 -18.2 
  Swindon Town (3582) vs. Cardiff City (3878)
  Wednesday, January 16, 1952
+199.5 75.9% 1-0 -15.2 
  Enfield (3285) vs. Cardiff City (3578)
  Saturday, November 12, 1994
+223.5 78.4% 1-0 -7.8 
  Cardiff City (3883) vs. Coventry City (3593)
  Monday, December 27, 1920
+406.2 91.2% 0-1 -18.2 
  Torquay United (3462) vs. Cardiff City (3741)
  Saturday, August 13, 1977
+174.2 73.2% 1-0 -14.6 
  Wrexham (3546) vs. Cardiff City (3795)
  Monday, October 21, 1963
+145.5 69.8% 3-0 -24.4 
  Cardiff City (3848) vs. Shrewsbury Town (3601)
  Sunday, January 10, 2016
+287.9 84.0% 0-1 -8.4 
  Southport (3498) vs. Cardiff City (3741)
  Saturday, February 12, 1966
+139.2 69.0% 2-0 -20.7 
  Cardiff City (3931) vs. Peterborough United (3689)
  Saturday, December 15, 2012
+289.1 84.1% 1-2 -16.8 
  Stockport County (3291) vs. Cardiff City (3533)
  Saturday, November 22, 1986
+153.8 70.8% 2-0 -21.2 
  Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic (3685) vs. Cardiff City (3926)
  Wednesday, November 15, 1961
+136.8 68.7% 3-0 -24.1 
 
   

The twenty teams that Cardiff City are most successful against, based on the average ELO points won in games against them (minimum ten games played).

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Liverpool 32 +5.10 
  Carlisle United 39 +4.28 
  Hereford 23 +3.63 
  Sunderland 63 +3.63 
  Mansfield Town 34 +3.46 
  Scunthorpe United 37 +3.16 
  Scarborough Athletic 16 +2.69 
  Chesterfield 30 +2.66 
  Brentford 48 +2.44 
  Middlesbrough 61 +2.29 
  Chester 17 +2.14 
  Crewe Alexandra 25 +2.03 
  Grimsby Town 25 +1.90 
  Derby County 61 +1.87 
  Shrewsbury Town 26 +1.72 
  Reading 72 +1.69 
  Wrexham 35 +1.64 
  Southend United 41 +1.63 
  Nottingham Forest 52 +1.56 
  Doncaster Rovers 32 +1.54 

The twenty teams that Cardiff City are least successful against, based on the average ELO points won in games against them (minimum ten games played).

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Peterborough United 27 -5.12 
  West Ham United 58 -3.24 
  Bradford City 14 -3.07 
  Barnet 17 -3.01 
  Rotherham United 48 -2.96 
  Newport County 24 -2.59 
  Ipswich Town 49 -2.54 
  Blackpool 71 -2.31 
  Hull City 63 -2.05 
  Norwich City 60 -1.91 
  Tranmere Rovers 12 -1.91 
  Darlington 1883 22 -1.86 
  Torquay United 43 -1.74 
  Crystal Palace 73 -1.74 
  Bradford Park Avenue 11 -1.71 
  Manchester City 49 -1.70 
  Colchester United 26 -1.69 
  Swansea City 64 -1.55 
  Bolton Wanderers 76 -1.48 
  Tottenham Hotspur 49 -1.45