Jan 17, 2020

Sheffield United isn't supposed to be this good

Data: Premier League; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Premier League; Chart: Axios Visuals

Sheffield United is back in the Premier League for the first time in 13 years, and through its first 22 games, the club has 32 points and sits in sixth place, just behind Manchester United and ahead of both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Why it matters: It's the best 22-game start to a Premier League season for a newly promoted team since Birmingham City picked up 33 points in 2009-10, per FiveThirtyEight, and the fourth-best ever behind 2005-06 Wigan Athletic (34 points) and 2000-01 Ipswich Town (37 points).

Coming up: Sheffield United, whose nickname "the Blades" comes from the city's history of steel production, has two tough games coming up, as the club looks to become the first newly promoted team to ever qualify for the Champions League (finish top four).

  • Tomorrow: Travel to North London to play Arsenal
  • Tuesday: Host defending champion Manchester City

Also this weekend: First-place Liverpool hosts fifth-place Manchester United at Anfield.

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