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5 interesting facts and stats from matchday 28

DID YOU KNOW: 5 interesting facts and stats from matchday 28 in Serie A

March 13, 2017 By Michelle Bonsu
Mauro Icardi & Ever Banega score hat-tricks as Inter destroy Atalanta, whilst Juventus edge out AC Milan under rather controversial circumstances. takes a look at the happenings across Italy from this weekend.

Matchday 28 is nearly complete, with Lazio-Torino set to take place later today. However, the other nine games brought plenty of talking points as some teams got back on track, whilst other stumbled. As things stand, nothing appears to be able to stop Juventus from making it a sixth straight Scudetto, so it's now shaping up to be a battle for second and Champions League football.

Let's have a quick look at what happened in Italy this weekend.

1. Dzeko joins some elite company

Roma's Edin Dzeko is a man on fire. The big Bosnian striker is arguably having his best season since his Wolfsburg days, and after going through a mini-drought that saw him fail to score in his past couple of games, got back to scoring by netting Roma's second during a 3-0 rout of relegation candidates Palermo.

And in doing so, he now joins some elite company across Europe, alongside Barcelona's Lionel Messi and PSG's Edinson Cavani, among others:

2. It's raining goals for Inter and Icardi...on a miserable day for Atalanta

On Sunday, Inter took on Atalanta in an all-Nerazzurri derby. Besides the Juventus-AC Milan tie, this was the other big game of this round, especially considering how La Dea have been one of the season's surprise packages. Only one point divided the two sides, who are both vying for a European football spot.

Atalanta had beaten Napoli 2-0 on the road a few weeks back, so Gian Piero Gasperini's side were not to be underestimated as Serie A fans have seen this season. Unfortunately, Gasperini did not enjoy the result he had hoped for against one of his former sides.

By the time the dust had settled, the score-line read 7-1. Yes, that's right, 7-1. For Atalanta, it set a rather unwanted precedent:

On a positive note, Mauro Icardi continues to shine for the Nerazzurri, and with stats like these:

one can only wonder why he still continues to be snubbed by the Argentinian national team!

3. Doomsday for relegation-threatened sides

Empoli may have lost five in a row, and may have the worst performing attack in the division (15 goals), but the Azzurri look set to remain safe. Why? Because the bottom three - Palermo, Pescara, and Crotone - have done even worse. Empoli's 22 points see them sitting seven clear of the Rosanero, and the Sicilian side, along with the Delfini and the Squali, have set a discouraging record so far after 28 rounds:

4. Juventus's team effort

Juventus really are a collective effort, as opposed to some teams across Europe that heavily rely on a star player or a few star names (i.e. Barcelona and Real Madrid). They do have the in-form Gonzalo Higuain in their ranks, alongside with rising talent Paulo Dybala. But one of the biggest threats the Bianconeri pose is the fact that goals can actually come from anyone on the pitch:

On Friday, they beat AC Milan 2-1 (albeit under somewhat controversial circumstances). The first goal came from defender Mehdi Benatia before Dybala sealed all three points with a spot-kick in injury time.

Dybala's goal also just so happens to be the second-latest so far in Serie A, as it was netted in the 96th minute (23 seconds). 

5. Inter's growing Icard-ependency

Although Ever Banega also scored a hat-trick during Inter's 7-1 demolition of Atalanta, there's no denying that the Nerazzurri are still highly dependent on their skipper. Icardi so far has racked up 20 goals and eight assists. That means he has been directly involved in 28 out of Inter's 53 goals this season, which is a not just a record in this campaign but also is a higher percentage than any other striker across Europe's big 5 leagues.

How the race for the Capocannoniere is shaping up...

Torino's Andrea Belotti still sits on top of the heap thanks to his hat-trick against Palermo. And with the Granata in action against Lazio later today, the in-demand young striker could certainly pull further away from Inter's Mauro Icardi and Roma's Edin Dzeko in the battle for the coveted Capocannoniere prize:

Assist Kings

How the key assist-providers stack up:

Serie A Matchday 28 rankings: Juve cruise on, Milan & Atalanta stumble, and Lazio continue late push for Champions League berth

Here's how things are shaping up in Serie A after 28 rounds...will there be more changes after matchday 29 this coming weekend? 


1 Juventus 26 20 3 3 50 24 +26 63 WWWLW
2 Lazio 26 19 5 2 60 23 +37 62 WWWWD
3 Internazionale 25 16 6 3 49 24 +25 54 LLWWD
4 Atalanta 25 14 6 5 70 34 +36 48 WWWDW
5 Roma 26 13 6 7 51 35 +16 45 WWLLL
6 Napoli 26 11 6 9 41 36 +5 39 WWWLW
7 Milan 26 10 6 10 28 34 -6 36 LDWLD
8 Hellas Verona 25 9 8 8 29 26 +3 35 LDWDD
9 Parma 25 10 5 10 32 31 +1 35 LWLDW
10 Bologna 26 9 7 10 38 42 -4 34 LDLWW
11 Sassuolo 25 9 5 11 41 39 +2 32 WLWWD
12 Cagliari 25 8 8 9 41 40 +1 32 LLLDD
13 Fiorentina 26 7 9 10 32 36 -4 30 DDWLL
14 Udinese 26 7 7 12 21 37 -16 28 DDDDL
15 Torino 25 8 3 14 28 45 -17 27 LLLLL
16 Sampdoria 25 7 5 13 28 44 -16 26 WLWLD
17 Genoa 26 6 7 13 31 47 -16 25 WLWWD
18 Lecce 26 6 7 13 34 56 -22 25 LLWWW
19 SPAL 26 5 3 18 20 44 -24 18 WLLLL
20 Brescia 26 4 4 18 22 49 -27 16 LLLDL
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