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Serie A matchday eight round-up

Serie A round-up: 5 interesting stats and facts from matchday eight

October 8, 2018 By Michelle Bonsu
LiveSoccerTV brings you all the highlights from Serie A matchday 8, including Parma's historic win, Piatek's goalscoring form, and unstoppable Juventus.

With Serie A now on hiatus once again for another international break, calcio fans will have to contend themselves with international team football for the time being. Still, this past round of fixtures across Italy's top football flight did not disappoint, and arguably after eight rounds, the league table is already beginning to take shape. It's clear that one team stands heads and shoulders above the rest, but the season is still very long and there are plenty of rounds between now and May.

In any case, let's have a look at some of the key talking points of matchday eight.

Genoa's Piatek at it again

Yes, he just cannot stop scoring. And Krzysztof Piatek literally took just one touch to do what he has been doing all season - putting the ball in the back of the net. Unfortunately for the Polish striker, it was not enough to prevent Parma from earning a shock 3-1 win at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

We will get into Parma's impressive win in a later point, but as for Piatek, he now has nine goals in eight games. And more important, he has scored in seven straight games, a feat that no one has done in Serie A history since a very notable player:

While his 26 goals were not enough to help Fiorentina win the Scudetto - the Viola did not even qualify for a European spot as they finished in 10th place - it was still enough to earn Batistuta, nicknamed "Batigol" by some of his fans the Capocannoniere title that season. Could Piatek do the same? He is definitely an outside contender for the prize, but should he be able to keep it up, he could certainly elbow his way into a seat at that table.

A very impressive win for Parma

As we noted earlier, Parma picked up a resounding 3-1 win at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris this past weekend. And it was a historic one indeed. Just like their 1-0 win over Inter was their first at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza since 1999, the Crociati have long struggled to get results against the Grifone at the Ferraris.

That is, until this Sunday. Despite Piatek giving his side an early lead, Parma stormed back to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 advantage, and now have beaten Genoa for the first time since 1994. That result has helped them rise into ninth spot heading into the international break, which is an impressive achievement for a side who were in Serie D only three years ago.

Juventus make it a perfect 10

10 straight wins across all competitions. That is the record Juventus have now set thanks to their 2-0 win over Udinese on Saturday. Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Rodrigo Bentancur were enough to give La Vecchia Signora all three points in an "all-Bianconeri" derby and leave them six points clear of Napoli.

That puts Juventus in a class of their own as no other side in any of Europe's "Big 5" leagues have won all ten of their opening games across all competitions (including the Champions League). Although Borussia Dortmund are still unbeaten, die Schwarzgelben have drawn some of their fixtures. Juventus have not even dropped a single point so far.

In Serie A, Allegri's men have won eight games out of eight. Only a handful of teams have done this, and Juventus make up the majority of them, as one can see from this interesting stat:

Milan seem to be finding a niche, perhaps...

The Rossoneri have had their ups and downs for quite some time, and their fans, weary of the seemingly endless roller-coaster ride that has characterized the team's seasons ever since winning their last Scudetto in 2011, really do not know what to think. Most do not keep their hopes too high, but so far, there does seem to be some small signs of improvement.

Milan are currently unbeaten in their last five Serie A games (D3, W2) and have won their last two Europa League fixtures. Notably, there is one area that the fallen giants seem to be excelling in this season - scoring goals from distance.

As the old adage goes, if you don't score, you don't win games. It does not matter from where one scores the goal, a goal is a goal. And against teams who park the bus, sometimes shooting from distance is what a team is going to be reduced to. Milan seem to have been clearly practicing this skill, for this stat indicates their hard work is starting to pay off:

The battle to stay afloat

No respite for Chievo, who have yet to win a game all season. The Flying Donkeys are still rooted to the bottom of the table after losing 3-1 to AC Milan last Sunday. And despite Sergio Pellissier becoming the sixth-oldest player in Serie A history to score a goal when he netted a consolation effort for the relegation candidates, it was all in vain as the Verona-based outfit are really facing an uphill battle to stay in the top flight this season.

Frosinone, meanwhile are in the same boat. With just one point and having lost five in a row, the Canarini are five points from safety and are sinking fast. Of course, there is the case of Crotone, who looked set to be relegated and pulled off one of the most impressive turnarounds in Serie A history to pip Empoli to 17th spot and survive the drop.

Speaking of Empoli, they sit in 18th place, with five points and could be heading back down to Serie B unless if they can overhaul Atalanta, who have been disturbingly bad all season. Things will be very interesting indeed once the international break ends and Serie A resumes in about two weeks' time. 

Current rankings after matchday 8

Here is how things look in the table after eight rounds of action.


1 Internazionale 35 26 7 2 79 30 +49 85 WWWDD
2 Napoli 35 22 4 9 78 39 +39 70 WDWWD
3 Atalanta 34 20 9 5 79 40 +39 69 DWDWW
4 Juventus 34 20 9 5 67 31 +36 69 WDWLW
5 Milan 34 21 6 7 62 41 +21 69 WLLWW
6 Lazio 34 20 4 10 60 51 +9 64 LWWLW
7 Roma 34 16 7 11 58 53 +5 55 LLDLW
8 Sassuolo 34 14 11 9 56 51 +5 53 DWWWW
9 Sampdoria 35 13 6 16 46 52 -6 45 LWLWW
10 Hellas Verona 34 11 9 14 41 42 -1 42 DLLLL
11 Udinese 35 10 10 15 40 47 -7 40 DLWLW
12 Bologna 35 10 10 15 48 57 -9 40 DDLDW
13 Fiorentina 35 9 11 15 47 57 -10 38 WDDWL
14 Genoa 34 8 12 14 40 52 -12 36 LWDLL
15 Torino 33 7 13 13 47 56 -9 34 WLDWW
16 Spezia 35 8 10 17 44 67 -23 34 LDLDL
17 Cagliari 34 8 8 18 40 57 -17 32 DWWWL
18 Benevento 34 7 10 17 37 68 -31 31 LLDLL
19 Parma 34 3 11 20 36 71 -35 20 LLLLL
20 Crotone 34 5 3 26 42 85 -43 18 LWLLL
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