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This page shows the ELO score history of the selected club - mapping their best and worst sides of all time, and their most unlikely victories and defeats based on their ELO score.

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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MANCHESTER CITY
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A historical overview of Manchester City's ELO scores.

 

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

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  2014 Monday, August 25, 2014 4332.47  
  2015 Sunday, January 4, 2015 4321.29  
  2011 Saturday, December 3, 2011 4295.01  
  2013 Saturday, January 26, 2013 4291.16  
  2012 Wednesday, November 28, 2012 4284.02  
  2016 Tuesday, February 2, 2016 4245.52  
  2017 Saturday, April 15, 2017 4229.61  
  1904 Monday, March 21, 1904 4178.35  
  1905 Saturday, September 30, 1905 4173.01  
  2010 Tuesday, December 28, 2010 4164.49  
  1937 Saturday, April 24, 1937 4163.21  
  1968 Saturday, May 11, 1968 4140.66  
  1969 Saturday, December 6, 1969 4135.97  
  1977 Saturday, October 1, 1977 4132.97  
  1906 Saturday, March 3, 1906 4131.29  
 
 

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

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1894 Monday, October 1, 1894 3635.81  
  1893 Saturday, September 30, 1893 3653.26  
  1895 Saturday, January 5, 1895 3659.72  
  1998 Saturday, December 19, 1998 3730.92  
  1892 Saturday, September 3, 1892 3745.25  
  1999 Saturday, January 9, 1999 3745.27  
  1965 Saturday, April 17, 1965 3765.57  
  1996 Saturday, December 28, 1996 3766.78  
  1997 Saturday, January 11, 1997 3768.57  
  1897 Saturday, February 6, 1897 3788.98  
  1964 Saturday, September 26, 1964 3792.66  
  1896 Saturday, December 26, 1896 3794.05  
  1988 Saturday, September 3, 1988 3810.54  
  1984 Tuesday, September 4, 1984 3814.77  
  1898 Saturday, September 24, 1898 3819.87  
 
 

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

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Notts County (3976) vs. Manchester City (3652)
  Saturday, October 13, 1894
-456.8 6.7% 1-3 +28.0 
  Manchester City (3841) vs. Tottenham Hotspur (4152)
  Saturday, May 11, 1963
-206.3 23.4% 1-0 +15.3 
  Manchester City (3985) vs. Manchester United (4271)
  Sunday, August 19, 2007
-232.2 20.8% 1-0 +15.8 
  Manchester City (3892) vs. Liverpool (4173)
  Thursday, December 26, 1985
-191.2 25.0% 1-0 +15.0 
  Manchester United (4304) vs. Manchester City (4024)
  Sunday, February 10, 2008
-333.4 12.8% 1-2 +17.4 
  Manchester City (3981) vs. Manchester United (4236)
  Sunday, March 14, 2004
-195.5 24.5% 4-1 +26.4 
  Blackburn Rovers (4154) vs. Manchester City (3904)
  Monday, April 17, 1995
-319.4 13.7% 2-3 +17.3 
  Manchester City (4086) vs. Chelsea (4332)
  Saturday, December 5, 2009
-197.6 24.3% 2-1 +15.1 
  Manchester City (3905) vs. Manchester United (4150)
  Saturday, August 30, 1952
-144.8 30.3% 2-1 +13.9 
  Manchester City (3914) vs. Tottenham Hotspur (4149)
  Saturday, March 3, 1962
-130.6 32.0% 6-2 +25.5 
  Manchester City (3897) vs. Ipswich Town (4131)
  Saturday, May 3, 1980
-130.4 32.1% 2-1 +13.6 
  Manchester City (3846) vs. Nottingham Forest (4076)
  Tuesday, October 27, 1987
-140.6 30.8% 3-0 +24.2 
  Manchester City (3958) vs. Arsenal (4187)
  Saturday, August 26, 2006
-173.8 26.9% 1-0 +14.6 
  Manchester City (4020) vs. Manchester United (4247)
  Saturday, January 14, 2006
-168.2 27.5% 3-1 +21.7 
  Sunderland (4097) vs. Manchester City (3873)
  Saturday, April 15, 1950
-318.8 13.8% 1-2 +17.2 
  Manchester City (3839) vs. Arsenal (4063)
  Saturday, April 25, 1987
-136.6 31.3% 3-0 +24.0 
  Tottenham Hotspur (4112) vs. Manchester City (3888)
  Saturday, October 6, 1951
-319.7 13.7% 1-2 +17.3 
  Manchester City (3966) vs. Nottingham Forest (4188)
  Saturday, October 13, 1979
-118.8 33.5% 1-0 +13.3 
  Manchester City (3975) vs. Arsenal (4197)
  Saturday, November 22, 2008
-170.7 27.2% 3-0 +25.5 
  Manchester City (3861) vs. West Ham United (4081)
  Saturday, December 13, 1986
-132.7 31.8% 3-1 +20.5 
 
 

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

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Halifax Town (3425) vs. Manchester City (3950)
  Saturday, January 5, 1980
+421.5 91.9% 1-0 -18.4 
  Bury (3540) vs. Manchester City (4017)
  Tuesday, October 3, 1972
+377.0 89.8% 2-0 -26.9 
  Lincoln City (3419) vs. Manchester City (3888)
  Tuesday, September 17, 1996
+403.5 91.1% 4-1 -15.9 
  Manchester City (3878) vs. Lincoln City (3429)
  Tuesday, September 24, 1996
+514.4 95.1% 0-1 -9.5 
  Manchester City (4036) vs. Charlton Athletic (3617)
  Saturday, January 13, 1923
+533.7 95.6% 1-2 -19.1 
  Stockport County (3587) vs. Manchester City (4006)
  Tuesday, March 19, 2002
+353.1 88.4% 2-1 -17.7 
  Barnet (3525) vs. Manchester City (3938)
  Tuesday, September 20, 1994
+344.0 87.9% 1-0 -8.8 
  Blackpool (3485) vs. Manchester City (3888)
  Saturday, January 7, 1984
+311.2 85.7% 2-1 -17.1 
  Chesterfield (3571) vs. Manchester City (3956)
  Wednesday, September 20, 2006
+328.3 86.9% 2-1 -8.7 
  Burnley (3911) vs. Manchester City (4280)
  Saturday, March 14, 2015
+323.0 86.5% 1-0 -17.3 
  Oldham Athletic (3658) vs. Manchester City (4025)
  Saturday, January 8, 2005
+307.1 85.4% 1-0 -8.5 
  Leicester City (3666) vs. Manchester City (4023)
  Saturday, January 31, 1920
+238.1 79.7% 3-0 -27.9 
  Bolton Wanderers (3681) vs. Manchester City (4037)
  Tuesday, October 5, 1971
+254.3 81.2% 3-0 -28.4 
  Millwall (3734) vs. Manchester City (4087)
  Saturday, March 6, 1937
+219.7 78.0% 2-0 -23.4 
  Manchester City (4308) vs. Wigan Athletic (3957)
  Sunday, March 9, 2014
+396.5 90.7% 1-2 -18.1 
  Manchester City (4294) vs. Middlesbrough (3946)
  Saturday, January 24, 2015
+393.5 90.6% 0-2 -13.6 
  Manchester City (4311) vs. Newcastle United (3971)
  Wednesday, October 29, 2014
+385.0 90.2% 0-2 -13.5 
  Sunderland (3912) vs. Manchester City (4244)
  Sunday, November 10, 2013
+286.4 83.9% 1-0 -16.8 
  Bradford City (3629) vs. Manchester City (3955)
  Saturday, December 18, 1926
+200.7 76.0% 4-3 -15.2 
  Cardiff City (3915) vs. Manchester City (4238)
  Sunday, August 25, 2013
+278.4 83.2% 3-2 -16.6 
 
   

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

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Port Vale 23 +5.25 
  Leyton Orient 16 +4.43 
  Chesterfield 13 +3.67 
  Darwen 12 +2.91 
  Walsall 26 +2.64 
  Norwich City 68 +2.45 
  Bradford City 33 +2.11 
  Cardiff City 49 +1.70 
  Crewe Alexandra 15 +1.56 
  Swindon Town 22 +1.52 
  Bury 51 +1.49 
  Notts County 69 +1.41 
  Manchester United 171 +1.34 
  Aston Villa 169 +1.27 
  Leeds United 101 +1.11 
  Portsmouth 81 +1.09 
  Brighton and Hove Albion 17 +1.02 
  Nottingham Forest 99 +0.95 
  Preston North End 93 +0.95 
  Burnley 95 +0.94 

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

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Shrewsbury Town 11 -4.76 
  Bradford Park Avenue 15 -3.68 
  Carlisle United 11 -3.28 
  Burton Swifts 14 -3.14 
  Bristol City 23 -3.11 
  AFC Wimbledon 22 -1.89 
  Brentford 13 -1.72 
  Stockport County 11 -1.72 
  Reading 25 -1.72 
  Southampton 86 -1.62 
  Arsenal 190 -1.58 
  Middlesbrough 128 -1.58 
  Grimsby Town 57 -1.55 
  Wigan Athletic 28 -1.51 
  Liverpool 176 -1.21 
  Lincoln City 23 -1.08 
  Wolverhampton Wanderers 116 -0.97 
  Charlton Athletic 55 -0.88 
  Birmingham City 146 -0.77 
  Stoke City 111 -0.72