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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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SHEFFIELD UNITED
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A historical overview of Sheffield United's ELO scores.

 

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

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1899 Saturday, December 30, 1899 4148.65  
  1900 Saturday, January 13, 1900 4142.26  
  1898 Saturday, January 22, 1898 4128.18  
  1897 Saturday, November 13, 1897 4127.64  
  1903 Saturday, October 24, 1903 4119.30  
  1904 Saturday, February 20, 1904 4103.30  
  1915 Saturday, March 27, 1915 4096.57  
  1919 Saturday, September 20, 1919 4095.03  
  1947 Saturday, February 8, 1947 4092.13  
  1905 Saturday, January 7, 1905 4085.66  
  1902 Saturday, February 8, 1902 4072.84  
  1901 Thursday, April 11, 1901 4072.54  
  1909 Saturday, December 18, 1909 4067.10  
  1910 Saturday, January 8, 1910 4066.78  
  1907 Monday, March 4, 1907 4054.77  
 
 

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

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1981 Monday, September 21, 1981 3575.25  
  1982 Saturday, February 20, 1982 3597.27  
  1980 Saturday, August 9, 1980 3604.84  
  2013 Sunday, October 13, 2013 3615.50  
  2016 Saturday, August 20, 2016 3624.79  
  1983 Saturday, May 14, 1983 3627.09  
  2014 Saturday, February 1, 2014 3632.46  
  1979 Tuesday, August 14, 1979 3673.97  
  2015 Saturday, November 28, 2015 3679.08  
  1988 Saturday, April 9, 1988 3682.10  
  2011 Saturday, April 16, 2011 3689.22  
  1984 Saturday, February 11, 1984 3689.35  
  1987 Tuesday, November 17, 1987 3706.81  
  1985 Saturday, May 11, 1985 3715.06  
  1978 Saturday, December 9, 1978 3717.42  
 
 

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

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Sheffield United (3175) vs. Burnley (3839)
  Saturday, January 18, 1890
-558.0 3.9% 2-1 +19.2 
  Sheffield United (3591) vs. Arsenal (4051)
  Tuesday, October 6, 1981
-361.8 11.1% 1-0 +17.8 
  Sheffield United (3759) vs. Liverpool (4177)
  Monday, August 28, 1978
-312.8 14.2% 1-0 +17.2 
  Sheffield United (3747) vs. Southampton (4081)
  Tuesday, December 16, 2014
-287.7 16.0% 1-0 +16.8 
  Aston Villa (3974) vs. Sheffield United (3653)
  Saturday, January 4, 2014
-366.2 10.8% 1-2 +8.9 
  Sheffield United (3858) vs. Leeds United (4175)
  Tuesday, September 8, 1970
-213.5 22.6% 1-0 +15.5 
  Sheffield United (3904) vs. Arsenal (4197)
  Saturday, December 30, 2006
-237.6 20.3% 1-0 +15.9 
  Sheffield United (3651) vs. Nottingham Forest (3936)
  Sunday, February 16, 2014
-239.5 20.1% 3-1 +18.0 
  Sheffield United (3888) vs. Everton (4161)
  Saturday, January 3, 1970
-166.8 27.7% 2-1 +14.5 
  Sheffield United (3762) vs. Arsenal (4024)
  Wednesday, January 17, 1996
-193.7 24.7% 1-0 +7.5 
  Sunderland (4175) vs. Sheffield United (3915)
  Saturday, October 4, 1913
-381.5 10.0% 1-2 +18.0 
  Reading (3960) vs. Sheffield United (3701)
  Monday, April 25, 2011
-308.3 14.5% 2-3 +17.1 
  Fulham (3889) vs. Sheffield United (3632)
  Tuesday, February 4, 2014
-302.1 14.9% 0-1 +8.5 
  Sheffield United (3816) vs. Leeds United (4072)
  Wednesday, November 6, 2002
-190.9 25.0% 2-1 +7.5 
  Sheffield United (3900) vs. Liverpool (4155)
  Wednesday, January 8, 2003
-190.3 25.1% 2-1 +15.0 
  Sheffield United (3856) vs. Manchester United (4108)
  Tuesday, February 26, 1991
-176.6 26.6% 2-1 +14.7 
  Sheffield United (3933) vs. Liverpool (4176)
  Monday, April 8, 1974
-140.3 30.8% 1-0 +13.8 
  Sheffield United (3960) vs. Sunderland (4202)
  Saturday, March 9, 1895
-110.2 34.7% 4-0 +24.5 
  Sheffield United (3944) vs. Sunderland (4183)
  Saturday, October 7, 1893
-107.8 35.0% 1-0 +13.0 
  Sheffield United (3951) vs. Manchester United (4181)
  Saturday, January 18, 1908
-104.2 35.4% 2-0 +19.4 
 
 

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

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Sheffield United (4040) vs. Darlington (3175)
  Saturday, January 14, 1911
+990.3 99.7% 0-1 -19.9 
  Port Vale (3612) vs. Sheffield United (4119)
  Wednesday, February 2, 1898
+375.6 89.7% 2-1 -17.9 
  Sheffield United (3930) vs. Port Vale (3430)
  Tuesday, August 11, 2009
+548.0 95.9% 1-2 -9.6 
  Crewe Alexandra (3563) vs. Sheffield United (3992)
  Saturday, January 10, 1948
+317.8 86.2% 3-1 -25.9 
  Sheffield United (4009) vs. Blackpool (3633)
  Saturday, February 3, 1906
+504.5 94.8% 1-2 -19.0 
  Blackpool (3611) vs. Sheffield United (3957)
  Tuesday, September 21, 1993
+273.7 82.9% 3-0 -14.5 
  Sheffield United (3810) vs. Hartlepool United (3469)
  Saturday, December 29, 2012
+387.7 90.3% 2-3 -18.1 
  Sheffield United (3969) vs. Swindon Town (3630)
  Thursday, January 16, 1908
+465.4 93.6% 2-3 -18.7 
  Brighton and Hove Albion (3620) vs. Sheffield United (3932)
  Saturday, January 7, 1922
+197.9 75.7% 1-0 -15.1 
  Bury (3529) vs. Sheffield United (3838)
  Tuesday, October 3, 1995
+239.9 79.9% 4-2 -12.0 
  Doncaster Rovers (3406) vs. Sheffield United (3696)
  Tuesday, August 14, 1979
+186.9 74.6% 3-1 -22.4 
  Sheffield United (3744) vs. Chesterfield (3455)
  Monday, January 2, 1989
+370.6 89.4% 1-3 -26.8 
  Lincoln City (3478) vs. Sheffield United (3767)
  Tuesday, September 5, 2000
+222.9 78.3% 1-0 -7.8 
  Aldershot (3478) vs. Sheffield United (3753)
  Tuesday, November 8, 1988
+194.0 75.3% 1-0 -15.1 
  Sheffield United (3949) vs. Leyton Orient (3678)
  Saturday, March 7, 1959
+376.3 89.7% 2-3 -17.9 
  Hartlepool United (3601) vs. Sheffield United (3869)
  Wednesday, August 11, 2010
+219.7 78.0% 2-0 -11.7 
  Mansfield Town (3634) vs. Sheffield United (3897)
  Wednesday, January 31, 1951
+168.3 72.5% 4-2 -21.7 
  Norwich City (3708) vs. Sheffield United (3964)
  Wednesday, March 4, 1959
+150.0 70.3% 3-2 -14.1 
  Mansfield Town (3600) vs. Sheffield United (3854)
  Saturday, January 4, 1969
+149.8 70.3% 2-1 -14.1 
  Stoke City (3674) vs. Sheffield United (3928)
  Saturday, September 10, 1960
+150.4 70.4% 2-0 -21.1 
 
   

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

  Team Games Avg. Score
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  Northampton Town 11 +5.85 
  AFC Bournemouth 15 +4.65 
  Peterborough United 15 +4.60 
  Oldham Athletic 63 +2.77 
  Grimsby Town 59 +2.71 
  Bradford Park Avenue 20 +2.46 
  Port Vale 42 +2.28 
  Tranmere Rovers 24 +2.09 
  Bradford City 65 +1.88 
  Portsmouth 76 +1.48 
  Newcastle United 123 +1.31 
  Notts County 81 +1.29 
  Bristol City 52 +1.22 
  Arsenal 113 +1.20 
  Stockport County 22 +1.03 
  Southampton 54 +0.97 
  Burnley 122 +0.90 
  Preston North End 114 +0.83 
  Rotherham United 34 +0.83 
  Fulham 65 +0.82 

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

  Team Games Avg. Score
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  Scunthorpe United 26 -2.53 
  Norwich City 68 -2.51 
  Brentford 30 -2.46 
  Wigan Athletic 18 -2.23 
  Gillingham 28 -2.11 
  Shrewsbury Town 21 -2.10 
  Bristol Rovers 25 -2.05 
  AFC Wimbledon 26 -1.89 
  Huddersfield Town 99 -1.72 
  Southend United 21 -1.46 
  Nottingham Forest 117 -1.45 
  Queens Park Rangers 51 -1.42 
  Chelsea 80 -1.33 
  Aston Villa 130 -1.27 
  Plymouth Argyle 46 -1.26 
  Coventry City 62 -1.16 
  Leyton Orient 35 -1.08 
  Mansfield Town 14 -1.05 
  Crystal Palace 53 -1.01 
  Hartlepool United 11 -0.97