Recently, in these pages, the author introduced a new iteration of only a slightly less new metric called Style Points, itself designed to estimate roughly, on a scale of 0 to 10, the aesthetic appeal of each club currently playing in Europe’s five major leagues and also the MLS. What follows is a table featuring not Style Point club scores, but rather match scores, for the weekend’s European matches.
Match scores are produced merely by averaging the Style Point figures for each club — a methodology which, for what it lacks in sophistication, makes up for in being easy to produce.
Here are the top-10 matches in Europe this week by this clearly flawed metric:
- Italian side Cagliari sit at the bottom of the Serie A table, but not from a lack of goal-scoring chances. They’ve recorded the fourth-highest average of shots in the box, behind three clubs (Napoli, Lazio, and Juventus, in that order) with markedly greater financial resources. They face Inter at 9am ET on Sunday, a match available on beIN Sports and beIN Sports Español.
- Lyon have been terribly impressive to start the Ligue 1 season, beating Lorient this past week by a score of 4-0. During that game, attacker Clinton N’Jie recorded five dribbles, despite leaving the match in the 69th minute. They face Nantes at 11am ET on Sunday.
- A more detailed illustration of each club’s Style Point rating is available here. A full table of Style Point match ratings is available here.