Recently, in these pages, the author introduced a metric called Style Points 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.
The exercise is absurd, admittedly, but appears to serve as a reasonable shorthand, at least, for those qualities which do and don’t evoke pleasure within the brain of a spectator. Moreover, an advantage of having produced such a measurement is that it’s also possible to estimate — merely by averaging the Style Point figures of the two relevant clubs — it’s possible to estimate the likely aesthetic appeal of any match occurring within the aforementioned five European leagues.
Doing that precise thing for all of Serie A’s weekend matches yields the following:
Regarding the Probably Important Juve-Roma Match
Because he prefers what is simple to what is difficult and what is easy to what is also difficult, the author has made no attempt whatsoever in calculating the Style Point ratings to include an adjustment for matches which feature the two clubs most likely to win the relevant league’s championship — even though, understandably, such a match is likely to facilitate a grander spectacle than between clubs that are not likely to win the championship. Were such an adjustment to exist, however, it would certainly apply to this weekend’s Juventus and Roma match, on account of those are the two clubs most likely to win the relevant league’s championship.