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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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A historical overview of Southampton's ELO scores.

 

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

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  2016 Wednesday, October 26, 2016 4155.16  
  2015 Saturday, January 17, 2015 4136.55  
  2014 Saturday, November 8, 2014 4125.99  
  2017 Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4124.27  
  1984 Thursday, May 17, 1984 4084.78  
  1985 Saturday, February 2, 1985 4059.74  
  2003 Saturday, January 11, 2003 4057.28  
  1981 Saturday, September 19, 1981 4055.78  
  1982 Saturday, February 27, 1982 4047.28  
  2002 Saturday, December 28, 2002 4042.65  
  2013 Saturday, November 9, 2013 4042.30  
  1983 Saturday, September 17, 1983 4036.90  
  1990 Tuesday, January 16, 1990 4033.92  
  2004 Saturday, April 17, 2004 4032.60  
  1980 Saturday, August 30, 1980 4027.00  
 
 

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

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1912 Saturday, February 10, 1912 3500.72  
  1911 Saturday, September 23, 1911 3541.45  
  1913 Wednesday, January 15, 1913 3552.89  
  1956 Saturday, April 21, 1956 3588.63  
  1957 Saturday, November 9, 1957 3590.24  
  1955 Monday, September 26, 1955 3593.19  
  1895 Saturday, January 5, 1895 3594.02  
  1894 Saturday, December 22, 1894 3602.03  
  1959 Monday, August 24, 1959 3602.65  
  1914 Saturday, February 28, 1914 3602.93  
  1954 Saturday, September 25, 1954 3607.81  
  1910 Saturday, October 29, 1910 3611.84  
  1958 Saturday, February 15, 1958 3613.30  
  1909 Saturday, March 27, 1909 3631.33  
  1908 Monday, April 20, 1908 3632.53  
 
 

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

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Southampton (3706) vs. Everton (4035)
  Wednesday, March 11, 1908
-202.6 23.8% 3-2 +15.2 
  Southampton (3954) vs. Manchester City (4278)
  Saturday, February 9, 2013
-277.3 16.8% 3-1 +24.9 
  Leeds United (4216) vs. Southampton (3894)
  Saturday, March 28, 1970
-427.6 7.9% 1-3 +27.6 
  Southampton (3936) vs. Manchester United (4250)
  Sunday, May 13, 2001
-248.1 19.3% 2-1 +16.1 
  Southampton (3887) vs. Manchester United (4189)
  Saturday, April 13, 1996
-233.1 20.7% 3-1 +23.8 
  Southampton (3966) vs. Liverpool (4243)
  Saturday, October 21, 1989
-199.7 24.1% 4-1 +26.6 
  Southampton (3942) vs. Liverpool (4217)
  Saturday, September 20, 1986
-187.9 25.3% 2-1 +14.9 
  Southampton (3913) vs. Manchester United (4189)
  Saturday, October 26, 1996
-209.8 23.0% 6-3 +26.9 
  Southampton (3998) vs. Arsenal (4264)
  Saturday, November 23, 2002
-201.5 23.9% 3-2 +15.2 
  Southampton (3935) vs. Manchester United (4198)
  Monday, January 19, 1998
-199.8 24.0% 1-0 +15.2 
  Southampton (3526) vs. Plymouth Argyle (3789)
  Saturday, March 30, 1912
-137.1 31.2% 1-0 +13.8 
  Southampton (3829) vs. Liverpool (4089)
  Saturday, February 8, 1902
-128.1 32.4% 4-1 +23.7 
  Southampton (3860) vs. Blackburn Rovers (4117)
  Saturday, April 16, 1994
-185.0 25.6% 3-1 +22.3 
  Southampton (4019) vs. Manchester United (4273)
  Sunday, August 31, 2003
-194.4 24.6% 1-0 +15.1 
  Southampton (3541) vs. Northampton Town (3792)
  Saturday, September 30, 1911
-125.9 32.6% 2-1 +13.5 
  Southampton (3539) vs. Plymouth Argyle (3787)
  Saturday, November 23, 1912
-126.9 32.5% 2-0 +20.2 
  Northampton Town (3810) vs. Southampton (3564)
  Thursday, September 12, 1912
-367.0 10.8% 1-2 +17.8 
  Southampton (3972) vs. Liverpool (4214)
  Saturday, September 1, 1979
-139.1 31.0% 3-2 +13.8 
  Southampton (3903) vs. Leeds United (4145)
  Saturday, April 28, 1973
-140.5 30.8% 3-1 +20.8 
  Southampton (3851) vs. Everton (4089)
  Monday, February 26, 1968
-133.8 31.6% 3-2 +13.7 
 
 

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

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Chelmsford City (3198) vs. Southampton (3755)
  Saturday, January 7, 1939
+427.2 92.1% 4-1 -32.2 
  Mansfield Town (3453) vs. Southampton (3934)
  Tuesday, September 20, 2005
+423.0 91.9% 1-0 -9.2 
  Walsall (3365) vs. Southampton (3797)
  Saturday, September 19, 1953
+326.5 86.8% 1-0 -17.4 
  Thames Ironworks (3496) vs. Southampton (3905)
  Monday, April 9, 1900
+278.8 83.3% 4-1 -29.1 
  Rochdale (3459) vs. Southampton (3845)
  Wednesday, September 27, 1961
+281.5 83.5% 2-1 -16.7 
  Sheppey United (3486) vs. Southampton (3856)
  Saturday, January 7, 1899
+239.8 79.9% 2-1 -16.0 
  Chatham (3557) vs. Southampton (3924)
  Saturday, March 3, 1900
+237.0 79.6% 1-0 -15.9 
  Shrewsbury Town (3512) vs. Southampton (3862)
  Wednesday, October 6, 1993
+278.3 83.2% 2-0 -12.5 
  Bedminster (3521) vs. Southampton (3867)
  Tuesday, April 4, 1899
+215.4 77.6% 2-1 -15.5 
  West Ham United (3575) vs. Southampton (3912)
  Saturday, February 25, 1905
+203.5 76.3% 2-1 -15.3 
  Sheffield United (3747) vs. Southampton (4081)
  Tuesday, December 16, 2014
+287.7 84.0% 1-0 -16.8 
  Notts County (3524) vs. Southampton (3849)
  Tuesday, October 24, 2006
+268.9 82.5% 2-0 -12.4 
  Southampton (3892) vs. Wellingborough (3567)
  Saturday, November 7, 1903
+460.1 93.4% 0-1 -18.7 
  Brighton and Hove Albion (3578) vs. Southampton (3898)
  Saturday, January 28, 1905
+186.2 74.5% 1-0 -14.9 
  Rotherham United (3688) vs. Southampton (4000)
  Tuesday, November 8, 1983
+219.4 78.0% 2-1 -15.6 
  West Ham United (3592) vs. Southampton (3897)
  Friday, December 25, 1903
+168.9 72.6% 2-1 -14.5 
  Swindon Town (3593) vs. Southampton (3897)
  Saturday, January 13, 1900
+174.4 73.2% 2-1 -14.6 
  Southampton (3908) vs. Plymouth Argyle (3605)
  Saturday, October 24, 1903
+437.9 92.6% 3-5 -27.8 
  Carlisle United (3732) vs. Southampton (4032)
  Tuesday, October 4, 1983
+208.2 76.8% 2-0 -23.0 
  Tranmere Rovers (3555) vs. Southampton (3856)
  Wednesday, September 25, 1963
+197.2 75.7% 2-0 -22.7 
 
   

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

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Notts County 52 +2.80 
  Liverpool 103 +2.51 
  Walsall 20 +2.40 
  AFC Wimbledon 29 +2.25 
  Bradford City 37 +2.05 
  Oxford United 15 +1.99 
  Newcastle United 91 +1.93 
  Lincoln City 16 +1.77 
  Manchester City 86 +1.62 
  Birmingham City 48 +1.52 
  Blackburn Rovers 46 +1.51 
  West Bromwich Albion 77 +1.35 
  Chatham Town 12 +1.26 
  Exeter City 36 +1.25 
  Wolverhampton Wanderers 63 +1.11 
  Swansea City 72 +1.06 
  Fulham 71 +1.03 
  Middlesbrough 57 +0.91 
  Blackpool 49 +0.88 
  Torquay United 12 +0.83 

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

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Tranmere Rovers 14 -5.04 
  Carlisle United 14 -3.87 
  Gateshead 13 -2.91 
  Port Vale 33 -2.51 
  Bolton Wanderers 42 -1.99 
  Chesterfield 25 -1.90 
  West Ham United 135 -1.82 
  Watford 79 -1.69 
  Leyton Orient 47 -1.33 
  Colchester United 28 -1.16 
  Plymouth Argyle 91 -1.14 
  Grimsby Town 29 -1.11 
  Bristol Rovers 60 -1.06 
  Barnsley 57 -1.01 
  Derby County 70 -1.00 
  Sheffield United 54 -0.97 
  Sheffield Wednesday 83 -0.91 
  Coventry City 129 -0.89 
  Southend United 38 -0.84 
  Reading 83 -0.83