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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 Sunderland's ELO scores.

 

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

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1893 Saturday, February 4, 1893 4239.38  
  1892 Saturday, October 22, 1892 4229.04  
  1895 Saturday, September 7, 1895 4209.81  
  1894 Wednesday, December 26, 1894 4200.26  
  1913 Saturday, November 15, 1913 4194.33  
  1914 Thursday, January 1, 1914 4169.43  
  1935 Saturday, December 28, 1935 4169.00  
  1902 Saturday, February 1, 1902 4158.49  
  1936 Saturday, January 4, 1936 4149.64  
  1896 Saturday, January 4, 1896 4144.92  
  1903 Saturday, April 4, 1903 4137.81  
  1901 Saturday, October 19, 1901 4135.56  
  1891 Saturday, December 26, 1891 4129.22  
  1904 Saturday, November 19, 1904 4111.69  
  1950 Saturday, April 8, 1950 4111.26  
 
 

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

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1993 Saturday, November 27, 1993 3693.92  
  1987 Saturday, September 26, 1987 3703.16  
  1960 Saturday, April 2, 1960 3711.44  
  1992 Sunday, November 15, 1992 3728.20  
  1994 Saturday, January 1, 1994 3731.70  
  1986 Monday, March 31, 1986 3732.65  
  1988 Saturday, March 26, 1988 3733.52  
  1995 Friday, March 24, 1995 3735.50  
  1959 Saturday, December 26, 1959 3736.45  
  1971 Saturday, March 27, 1971 3740.60  
  1989 Saturday, April 8, 1989 3747.13  
  1991 Saturday, December 28, 1991 3752.22  
  2006 Tuesday, August 22, 2006 3757.55  
  2003 Saturday, August 16, 2003 3764.40  
  1985 Saturday, December 28, 1985 3765.26  
 
 

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

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Arsenal (4264) vs. Sunderland (3914)
  Wednesday, November 6, 2002
-415.1 8.4% 2-3 +9.2 
  Chelsea (4266) vs. Sunderland (3929)
  Saturday, April 19, 2014
-382.9 9.9% 1-2 +18.0 
  Sunderland (3912) vs. Manchester City (4244)
  Sunday, November 10, 2013
-286.4 16.1% 1-0 +16.8 
  Sunderland (3968) vs. Manchester City (4288)
  Sunday, January 1, 2012
-271.1 17.4% 1-0 +16.5 
  Sunderland (3916) vs. Chelsea (4230)
  Tuesday, December 17, 2013
-268.2 17.6% 2-1 +16.5 
  Chelsea (4308) vs. Sunderland (3997)
  Sunday, November 14, 2010
-360.8 11.1% 0-3 +31.1 
  Sunderland (3945) vs. Liverpool (4250)
  Saturday, October 17, 2009
-256.6 18.6% 1-0 +16.3 
  Sunderland (3944) vs. Arsenal (4240)
  Saturday, November 21, 2009
-247.7 19.4% 1-0 +16.1 
  Sunderland (3883) vs. Manchester United (4176)
  Saturday, March 8, 1997
-227.9 21.2% 2-1 +15.8 
  Sunderland (3940) vs. Manchester United (4230)
  Tuesday, January 7, 2014
-244.4 19.7% 2-1 +16.1 
  Sunderland (3825) vs. Everton (4112)
  Wednesday, January 10, 1979
-181.3 26.1% 2-1 +14.8 
  Sunderland (3992) vs. Manchester City (4277)
  Wednesday, December 26, 2012
-238.7 20.2% 1-0 +16.0 
  Sunderland (3903) vs. Liverpool (4176)
  Sunday, December 15, 2002
-207.6 23.2% 2-1 +15.4 
  Leeds United (3993) vs. Sunderland (3727)
  Wednesday, October 6, 1993
-337.8 12.5% 1-2 +8.7 
  Sunderland (3704) vs. Leeds United (3966)
  Tuesday, September 21, 1993
-190.3 25.1% 2-1 +7.5 
  Liverpool (4155) vs. Sunderland (3896)
  Saturday, October 1, 1983
-351.9 11.7% 0-1 +17.7 
  Sunderland (3879) vs. Arsenal (4132)
  Saturday, April 7, 1973
-252.7 18.9% 2-1 +16.2 
  Sunderland (4035) vs. Manchester United (4285)
  Tuesday, November 28, 2000
-183.7 25.8% 2-1 +7.4 
  Sunderland (3861) vs. West Bromwich Albion (4108)
  Saturday, March 22, 1958
-140.4 30.8% 2-0 +20.8 
  Everton (4171) vs. Sunderland (3933)
  Thursday, December 26, 2013
-284.1 16.3% 0-1 +16.7 
 
 

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

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Yeovil Town (3333) vs. Sunderland (3981)
  Saturday, January 29, 1949
+549.1 95.9% 2-1 -19.2 
  Sunderland (3918) vs. Stockport County (3436)
  Wednesday, September 3, 1980
+581.7 96.6% 1-2 -19.3 
  Port Vale (3670) vs. Sunderland (4140)
  Monday, January 13, 1936
+337.3 87.5% 2-0 -26.2 
  Norwich City (3616) vs. Sunderland (4056)
  Saturday, January 14, 1911
+314.0 85.9% 3-1 -25.8 
  Sunderland (4035) vs. Notts County (3680)
  Saturday, January 8, 2011
+404.3 91.1% 1-2 -9.1 
  New Brompton (3592) vs. Sunderland (3943)
  Saturday, January 11, 1908
+224.8 78.5% 3-1 -23.5 
  Bury (3422) vs. Sunderland (3770)
  Tuesday, August 22, 2006
+291.9 84.3% 2-0 -12.6 
  Swindon Town (3471) vs. Sunderland (3804)
  Tuesday, October 8, 1985
+242.5 80.2% 3-1 -24.0 
  Sunderland (4169) vs. Aston Villa (3851)
  Wednesday, January 1, 1936
+450.6 93.0% 1-3 -27.9 
  York City (3432) vs. Sunderland (3749)
  Saturday, March 26, 1988
+227.5 78.7% 2-1 -15.7 
  Tottenham Hotspur (3689) vs. Sunderland (4005)
  Saturday, February 11, 1899
+185.5 74.4% 2-1 -14.9 
  Lincoln City (3538) vs. Sunderland (3821)
  Wednesday, September 9, 1970
+179.3 73.7% 2-1 -14.7 
  Bradford City (3687) vs. Sunderland (3966)
  Sunday, February 15, 2015
+232.9 79.3% 2-0 -17.8 
  Notts County (3846) vs. Sunderland (4121)
  Saturday, March 1, 1913
+153.2 70.7% 2-1 -14.1 
  Sheffield Wednesday (3967) vs. Sunderland (4229)
  Saturday, October 29, 1892
+146.3 69.9% 3-2 -14.0 
  Sunderland (3898) vs. Blackburn Rovers (3637)
  Monday, April 16, 1979
+366.9 89.2% 0-1 -17.8 
  Bristol Rovers (3529) vs. Sunderland (3790)
  Wednesday, February 24, 1988
+172.4 73.0% 4-0 -27.4 
  Sunderland (4175) vs. Sheffield United (3915)
  Saturday, October 4, 1913
+381.5 90.0% 1-2 -18.0 
  Crystal Palace (3785) vs. Sunderland (4045)
  Tuesday, December 19, 2000
+193.3 75.3% 2-1 -15.1 
  Luton Town (3674) vs. Sunderland (3931)
  Tuesday, August 28, 2007
+203.4 76.3% 3-0 -13.4 
 
   

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

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Rotherham United 23 +2.96 
  Grimsby Town 51 +2.80 
  Luton Town 57 +2.06 
  Barnsley 24 +2.01 
  Oxford United 29 +1.65 
  Brentford 17 +1.27 
  Arsenal 153 +1.23 
  Millwall 36 +1.17 
  Plymouth Argyle 27 +1.02 
  Huddersfield Town 88 +0.89 
  Middlesbrough 143 +0.86 
  Watford 43 +0.80 
  Manchester United 145 +0.74 
  Wolverhampton Wanderers 120 +0.72 
  Preston North End 118 +0.62 
  Blackpool 58 +0.60 
  Wigan Athletic 21 +0.59 
  Blackburn Rovers 142 +0.56 
  Sheffield United 140 +0.51 
  Ipswich Town 48 +0.44 

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

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Cardiff City 63 -3.63 
  Bristol Rovers 27 -3.01 
  Tranmere Rovers 16 -2.60 
  Norwich City 60 -2.51 
  Notts County 85 -2.38 
  Bristol City 44 -2.17 
  Port Vale 19 -1.83 
  Oldham Athletic 43 -1.80 
  AFC Wimbledon 13 -1.59 
  Cambridge United 11 -1.55 
  Crystal Palace 48 -1.47 
  Queens Park Rangers 34 -1.41 
  Brighton and Hove Albion 35 -1.19 
  Reading 19 -1.19 
  Leicester City 88 -1.19 
  Charlton Athletic 75 -1.18 
  Coventry City 38 -1.04 
  Swansea City 34 -1.00 
  Leyton Orient 30 -0.99 
  Scunthorpe United 16 -0.93