Friday January 11 2013
Inter lead battle of giants

Inter would be top, Juventus fifth. Antonio Labbate reveals what a League table would look like if it was based purely on the results between the top seven sides in Serie A.

There is an alternative Serie A League table that can now be assessed with the championship having reached its halfway point. One solely based on the results of those games played between the top seven sides in the Division – namely Juventus, Lazio, Napoli, Fiorentina, Inter, Roma and Milan.

The significance of this unconventional ladder may be negligible, but its order is nevertheless one of interest given that there are some noteworthy differences between this virtual classifica and the actual one that matters. For a start, Inter are at the top of the pile and Juventus, reigning champions and real leaders, are only down in fifth.

Inter’s position here as leaders strengthens the theory that Andrea Stramaccioni’s side are good against the big teams, but not good enough against the provincial ones. From their six ties, the Beneamata have collected 12 points thanks to four wins against Fiorentina, Milan, Napoli and their historic victory in Turin – where they became the first away side to conquer the Juventus Stadium. The incredible statistic is that 34 per cent of the Nerazzurri’s points in Serie A have come from these specific confrontations. Games against Roma and Lazio were lost.

In joint second, we find Napoli and Lazio who, if it were not for the Azzurri’s two-point penalty, would also be together in the actual standings. The duo have won three and drawn one of their six big game encounters, with all their victories coming on their home patch. The interest in Lazio’s strong position comes from the fact that they failed to find the net in three of their games, which reflect why they have a goal difference of -2. Only Milan’s GD is worse.

It’s Roma who come next in the battle of the giants thanks to nine points from the 18 available. Although they may have lost three times, it’s worth noting that the Giallorossi – like Fiorentina – have played four games on the road, even if that includes the ‘away’ defeat to city rivals Lazio who share the Stadio Olimpico. The statistics also show that Roma play the same cavalier football against big clubs as they do the small, given that they have scored 15 and conceded 16 in these top of the table showdowns.

Of Juventus’ 44 points in the championship after 19 rounds, only 18 per cent – eight points – were delivered from these games. And, worryingly, four of those matches were played on their own turf. It’s a stark turnaround to this stage last season when the unbeaten Old Lady had collected 12 points from their six games – although Fiorentina have replaced Udinese in the reckoning this time around.

The issue this term, going by the numbers, is in front of goal. The Old Lady only conceded five goals in their six matches, the best defensive record of the seven sisters, but they only found the net on seven occasions themselves. That has only delivered them two wins and two draws. Their advantage in the actual standings comes from their form against those outside the top seven. Juve have beaten all teams placed from 8th to 20th in the Division, apart from Sampdoria who stunned them at the weekend.

Fiorentina are a point shy of Juventus, having tasted defeat at Napoli, Inter and Roma, but four home games in the second half of the campaign will give them the opportunity to make amends. Sitting at the bottom of the pile are Milan, whose only points have come in a narrow 1-0 win over Juventus and a 2-2 comeback draw at Napoli. Their total points percentage is a measly 13. Milan had similar struggles last year, but, back then, they made up for their big match deficiencies against the minnows.

  P W D L F A Pts GD % of total points
Inter (=4th) 6 4 0 2 9 7 12 +2 34%
Napoli (3rd) 6 3 1 2 12 8 10 +4 25% [-2 ignored]
Lazio (2nd) 6 3 1 2 7 9 10 -2 25%
Roma (6th) 6 3 0 3 15 16 9 -1 28%
Juventus (1st) 6 2 2 2 7 5 8 +2 18%
Fiorentina (=4th) 6 2 1 3 9 9 7 - 20%
Milan (7th) 6 1 1 4 8 13 4 -5 13%

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Have your say...
"you win a championship by beating all the small teams" correct me if i'm wrong but i'm quoting alex ferguson.
on the 18th January, 2013 at 1:34pm
Lazio will win the Scudetto and Coppa Italia & get to the semis of the Europa thingy that no one cares about:
on the 16th January, 2013 at 11:47am
Lazio may have to lead the battle of the gaints of seven Italian top teams if Klose goal against Napoli was not disallowed.
on the 13th January, 2013 at 8:41am
yes. this is almost exactly the same like juve in 2010-2011 season. we almost can beat all big teams in the league, we were very proud, but suffered to beat lower teams, and we finished 7th, then we were upset. this kind of table is just another entertainment for football fans. have no influence at all if you don't win the trophy. so i would be happy to win the league although we can't beat all big teams in the league. but yes, it's better if we can beat them all plus winning the trophy
on the 12th January, 2013 at 9:22am
Wow. Their are some inter Milan fans here who can't take it that there period of Italian dominance (thanks to some special circumstances and statue of limitations expiring right on time so they avoid punishment) Is over.Very bitter you lot are.

Don't worry your time will come again but right now it's juve's session so please leave the whole refereeing conspiracy at home cos those dark days are not influential in serie A now. so stop dwelling in the past and being obsessed about juve as usual.
on the 12th January, 2013 at 2:43am
lol you Juve fans are funny. Juve wouldn't even be mid-table if it wasn't for all the obligatory penalties and red cards in your favor.
on the 11th January, 2013 at 6:56pm
To all Juve fans.. theyr'e talking about teams that compete and wins fair and square, not by the ref.. haha you think Juve are exceptional cuz theyr'e stronger than the other teams but the real reason why juve's 1st is cuz of refereeing. other than that they wouldv'e been the same as napoli - inter - and lazio
on the 11th January, 2013 at 6:49pm
This gives me some hope as an Inter fan that we can pick ourselves up and plough forward with the rest of the season.

In theory, even though we've just come from a thumping at the Friuli (not to mention some other bad results from last year) we can go into the derby in just over a month with confidence? I'll put my house of beating Milan now...(!)
on the 11th January, 2013 at 5:47pm
Mustafa ur funny
on the 11th January, 2013 at 5:38pm
What a load of crap !

This is the only way Inter can lead the standings.

Now, laugh out loud.
on the 11th January, 2013 at 3:15pm
This blog is ridiculous has no serious point and a waste of space on this website.
Having said that here is my opinion...

Inter, Lazio, Roma, Fiorentina, Napoli none are in the CL none of them played in the CL group. Europa League, most Seria A clubs have used "B" teams to compete in the Europa league.

Considering Conte was missing until late December
and Juve does need a goal getter

the only other CL competitor is ranked 7th

My only question is what is the point here
on the 11th January, 2013 at 2:49pm
Considering Juventus didnt have Conte and had a tough champions league group to pass i dont really care what the top 7 table looks like. Without our manager and with extra fixtures we are 5 points clear in the table still. Looking at tables like this is just a way for other teams to try and feel better about themselves as they watch juve win another scudetto
on the 11th January, 2013 at 2:00pm
Keep in mind that Juve didn't have Conte for the majority of the first half of the season. That makes a difference. If the other teams were missing their coaches, they'd drop some points too.
on the 11th January, 2013 at 1:27pm

The results between top 7 sides are different at the moment, but the final outcome will be the same.
on the 11th January, 2013 at 12:37pm
This is my major concern for Juve, going into the latter stages of the CL. Are they good enough and potent enough against the strongest teams?! They only just squeezed through their CL group; a group that contained a good SD side, an average,(& terrible defending champions), Chelsea side, & a weak Danish side. In these big games, the likes of Marchisio, (he disappears all too often),& the forwards really need to step it up, that is if they can.
on the 11th January, 2013 at 12:17pm
This is the only way inter can be top loooool
on the 11th January, 2013 at 12:16pm
If the make serie A into 16 teams then yes the table may look like this
on the 11th January, 2013 at 11:11am

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