Sheffield United: Chris Wilder right up there with Guardiola and Conte with home record at Bramall Lane
It's no secret Chris Wilder has done an outstanding job at Bramall Lane to date, but the stats reveal just how strong Sheffield United are at home under their supporter and former player-turned-manager.
Another victory on their own patch this weekend saw the Blades briefly go second in the Championship.
Indeed, Saturday's 1-0 triumph over Ipswich was United’s fifth home win of the season. So far, no other team in the second tier has collected as many points in their own backyard.
On average, the Blades are collecting 2.5 points per game at fortress Bramall Lane, compared to the league average of 1.61. Additionally, they’ve conceded just two league goals at home, which means they have the division’s strongest defensive record on their own turf.
The team have picked up where they left off in the last campaign, when they topped the division’s home table and boasted the joint best defensive record at home.
They’ve now won 22 of their 29 home games in the league under Wilder, a win percentage of just over 75 percent. In other words, they’re winning three out of every four home league matches at present.
It’s a record that sits proudly alongside those of the best in the business.
Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, considered one of the best managers in the world, has won 61 percent of his 23 league games at the Etihad, having taken charge of six fewer matches than 50-year-old Wilder.
Former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss Guardiola has spent over Â£400million on transfers since his arrival at the Etihad in 2016. Wilder, meanwhile, is believed to have spent less than Â£5million on players since taking over in 2016.
His win percentage in home league matches is only slightly lower than Antonio Conte’s at reigning Premier League champions Chelsea. Conte, who has spent approximately Â£200million on recruits in the same period, has won just over 78 percent of his home matches in the top tier, having also taken charge of six fewer games.
Coupled with a steady record on the road, if United continue in this rich vein of form at Bramall Lane it won’t be long before they become genuine contenders for successive promotions.
Just two teams – Norwich and Southampton - have achieved this feat in the last decade. It hasn’t been done since the Saints did so back in the 2011/12 season, however.