Serie A Round 27

13 Mar

More of the same at the top of Serie A as Juventus could only draw for the 78th time this season. They’ve caught up on their game in hand on Milan since our last update, and unsurprisingly, they have 2 more points. Firstly, they drew 1-1 with a revitalised Bologna (Mirko Vucinic), and then followed it up with a 0-0 draw away at 12th placed Genoa. Now two away draws isn’t really the end of the world, but they’ve now drawn more games then they’ve won – W13 D14 L0. It’s a great achievement going unbeaten, but it’ll mean diddly squat if they don’t win anything. The pressure is getting to them as well. On the back of what they thought was a bad offside decision preventing Pepe a late winner, Juve have thrown all of their toys out of their pram and have declared a media blackout. Manager Antonio Conte saw it from his lofty position in the stands, due to being sent off/away during the draw with Bologna. It sounds like a Keegan/Newcastle like meltdown. That’s 4 draws in a row, whilst AC Milan have won 10 points from 12.

What the F*** are you looking at?

And Gerard Pique’s favourite Swede was at it again. After scoring a brilliant goal (if you were just a normal player) against 18th placed Lecce, Big Z asked a female reporter “what the f*** are you looking at” after she’d earlier asked him a question that he didn’t particularly like. A new expression I’ve learnt since moving to Ireland is quite fitting here – he’s mad as a bag of cats. Nocerino scored his 9th league goal from midfield to make it a comfortable 2-0 for the Champions.They’re now 4 points clear of the Old Lady.

That goal has meant that Ibrahimovic has snuck above Di Natale in the race for the Golden Boot. In terms of big game performances, he’s worsened his average opponent per goal ranking to 11.53. It’s also increased his goals against Bottom 6 to 5, an number that’s only been beaten by the Udinese striker. And it’s the 8 goals against the relegation strugglers that mean Di Natale is still the Flat Track Bully in terms of average opposition per goal – 12.44 disguises his 3 goals against Top 6 teams, but those are the stats. Edinson Cavani may be banging in plenty of goals, but he’s still to do it against a Top 6 team this season (domestically anyway.

At the other end of the scale, previous Big Game Player Giovinco finally scored again in Parma’s 2-2 draw against 11th placed Fiorentina. Scoring goals against mid table teams isn’t going to win him the crown. That honour looks like it’s going to Fabrizio Miccoli of Palermo, who’s also getting the most assists versus the big game teams. Eight goals against Top 6 opposition, and none against Bottom 6 teams means that he has a very decent 6.27.

Elsewhere this weekend, Inter Milan finally ended their run of seven games without a win by beating 10th placed Chievo away. It was 0-0 with 4 minutes to go, before Diego Milito and fellow Argentine Walter Samuel made it 2-0, and took a bit of pressure off Ranieri. That leaves Inter in 7th, 8 points off 3rd placed Lazio (who lost 3-1 at home to an in form Bologna). Udinese managed to lose to Novara (19th) who had only won once in the previous 14. The scoring hero was Jeda, who probably looks nothing like Luke Skywalker, but I can’t get the image out of my head. Another big game performer was Cagliari’s Joaquin Larrivey. The Argentinian striker (there seems a be a lot of good ones) banged in a hat trick against 5th placed Napoli. His 7 goals this season have been against an average ranked opponent of 10.14. This will offer Chelsea great hope ahead of the Champions League 2nd leg. What will not be quite so encouraging is that Napoli scored 6 goals in reply – with 6 different scorers.

You may have also noticed Borini has another goal next to his name for Roma. This time is was in a 1-0 win away at 9th placed Roma. That’s now 7 in 7 from the former Chelsea youngster. And there’s also a nod to Siena, who have won 3 games in a row – largely inspired by on loan Albanian Erjon Bogdani. The forward (on loan from relegation rivals Cesena) has scored 3 goals in 3 games as they’ve jumped from 17th to the relative comfort of 14th. No wonder he got the famous number 81 shirt.

And to finish off, a quick look at the players scoring the important goals:

Typical German effiency from Miroslav Klose mean that his 12 goals have been worth 13 points to Lazio. Equalling that is German (there’s a theme here) Denis who is yet another one of those decent Argentinian Strikers around. He’s managed 13 points from his 15 goals, but it’s been 39% of Atalanta’s points, meaning he’s the most important player to his team (in terms of goalscoring). Aside from the top two, the most efficient goal scorer has been Chievo’s Pellisier who has won 7 points from 4 goals. At the other end of the scale, three players have scored 5 goals that have been worth zilch – step forward Lazio’s Rocchi, Bologna’s Ramirez and Siena’s Destro.

That’s all from Italy for now.

Cheers,

Liam

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