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. Even more recently — and for no reason that makes good sense — the author introduced a method by which to utilize those ratings, in conjunction with the match projections available at this site, to estimate the likely aesthetic appeal of any match occurring within the aforementioned five European leagues.
Performing that number-magic on all the matches scheduled for this weekend in Europe’s five largest leagues yields the following results, in terms of the weekend’s top-10:
- In addition to having implications unaccounted for by the author’s hastily made metric, this Saturday’s Liverpool-Arsenal contest would also appear to feature two clubs both (a) well acquitted by Style Points and (b) evenly matched.
- Regarding last week’s top-rated match between Nice and Lille, the author will suggest that, while entirely fine as a distraction from the chasm of meaninglessness called Reality, it also wasn’t what anyone might classify as a “festival for the imagination.” Perhaps a way to account for technical skill is needed, the author thought after the match — like the Dribble statistic available here by clicking the tab marked Offensive.
- Style Point ratings for 49 different European matches this weekend are available in an unkempt Excel spreadsheet located here.