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It's been an utterly miserable season for the Blades

Where Sheffield United rank in the worst-ever Premier League teams by goal difference

Sheffield United have endured a miserable campaign. We’ve checked out where they rank among the worst-ever Premier League teams by goal difference.

Having played 27 matches so far, they currently have a goal difference of -50. That comes as a result of scoring just 22 goals and conceding a whopping 72 strikes.

If they continue to concede goals at their current rate, this number will continue to increase between now and the end of the campaign.

We’ve checked out the other Premier League sides with the worst-ever Premier League goal difference to see where Sheffield United rank among them.

5. Huddersfield Town – 2018-19 (-54)

Huddersfield defied the odds when they avoided the drop in 2017-18, but the following season turned out to be absolutely brutal for the Terriers.

Following some mistakes in the transfer market, the club quickly found themselves rooted to the bottom of the table. They only won three games all season and finished the campaign with a miserable 16 points.

In total, they scored 22 goals and conceded 76, giving them a woeful goal difference of -54. A season to forget for Huddersfield fans.

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4. Ipswich Town – 1994-95 (-57)

Ipswich fans probably won’t have many fond memories of this season. Back in 1994-95, 22 teams competed in the Premier League which gave opposition sides even more of an opportunity to score against the Tractor Boys.

They conceded a total of 93 goals and unsurprisingly, finished rock bottom of the table with a miserable goal difference of -57. Ouch.

3. Norwich City – 2021-22 (-61)

The Canaries have built a reputation for themselves as a yo-yo side over the last few years, but the 2021-22 campaign was the last time we saw them in the top flight.

Having smashed the competition in the Championship the previous year, they were unprepared for what was about to hit them in 2021-22.

Daniel Farke’s side lost their first six matches of the season and it quickly became apparent that they weren’t up to the standard required.

Their heaviest loss of the campaign came at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea put seven goals past them with relative ease. In the end, they finished rock bottom of the table with a goal difference of -61.

2. Derby County – 2007-08 (-69)

Derby’s dismal record of 11 points is in safe hands for now. It soon became clear that they weren’t cut out for the level and they were the victims of plenty of hammerings that year.

Throughout the campaign, Liverpool, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Arsenal all managed to put six goals past the Rams as their goal difference regularly took a battering.

As things stand, they have the worst goal difference in Premier League history, but that record could be eclipsed this year.

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1. Sheffield United – 2023-24 (-70)*

The Blades are currently averaging a -1.85 goal difference per game and if they maintain that ratio between now and the end of the season, they will finish the year with a record -70 goal difference.

Plenty of people tipped Sheffield United to go down at the beginning of the campaign, but most of us thought they’d at least be competitive.

That’s not turned out to be the case and a prompt return to the Championship is seemingly now on the cards. Blades fans will want this season to be over and done with as soon as possible, having just become the first side in Premier League history to lose three successive home games by five or more goals.

Their latest defeat came against Arsenal as the Gunners smashed six goals past them with relative ease. Jamie Carragher was quick to go in on Chris Wilder’s side after another grim performance.

“That was a disgrace that,” Carragher said in the Sky Sports studio. “It’s one of the most one sided games I’ve ever seen.

“And to consider you come in on the back of losing two home games 5-0, that’s shocking. I can’t think of anything worse that I’ve ever seen in a half of football than that.”


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