How does Serie A rank statistically against the other top Leagues in Europe so far this season? Varun Mathure looks at the numbers.
Until this past weekend, Roma were the only team across the big five European Leagues to have won each of its games in this first part of the season.
The two goals that the Giallorossi have conceded this term over 11 games are also the fewest in the ‘big five’. Incidentally, next on the meanest defence list are Rudi Garcia’s former side Lille who are second in Ligue 1.
A good indicator of the forte of a championship is to study the top four. In terms of the strength of the top four, Italy has an enviable record as compared to the rest of the continents leading top tiers.
Italy’s top four sides have lost a combined three games, which is three fewer than the next best League Spain where the top four have lost six games. While the elite groups in England, France and Germany have each lost seven encounters.
The wins column doesn’t look bad either as Serie A’s top four have won 34 of the 44 games, in England it is 26 of 40, Spain 38 of 48, Germany 32 of 44 and finally France where the top four have won just 29 of the 48 games.
In terms of points, Serie A’s top four have netted an average of 2.48 points per game. Again this number is the best in Europe, as La Liga’s top four average 2.46, Bundesliga teams have an average of 2.29, the Premier League’s big four have 2.12 and Ligue 1 sides come last with a measly 2.06.
There has been a lot made of Italy being one the most entertaining Leagues this season and the goals have certainly been flying in. Serie A’s cream has scored a combined 99 goals between them at an average of 2.25 goals per game.
Spain predictably comes out on top here, with the top four netting 114 goals at a rate of 2.38 per tie, the goal-filled Bundesliga just edges out Serie A with 102 goals at 2.32, the Premier League group has scored just 64 goals – though this figure is greatly brought down by Tottenham – at a rate of 1.6. Ligue 1 is last again with 75 goals at 1.56.