Understanding Serie A Team Stats
The most widely used Serie A stats are goals for, goals against, possession and goal difference. Teams earn points from each Serie A match as follows: Three for a win, one for a tie, none for a loss.
Goal margin or goal difference is one of the most important stats and can come into play in the Serie A title race. It’s a measure of goals for minus goals against and it’s one of the end of season tiebreakers. The primary tiebreaker is head-to-head points followed by head-to-head goal difference. If those numbers are equal, goal difference is the next decider.
Plenty of soccer team stats are also important for betting. Yellow cards and red cards may not initially seem important but they can impact a Serie A next game(s) because of suspensions. Clean sheets are another stat used to assess the ability of a team’s defense and goalkeeper.
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Serie B Championship
Italy’s Serie B league is one level below Serie A. Serie B, like Serie A, has 20 teams but follows a different relegation format. The bottom three teams in the Serie B table at the end of the season are relegated to one of the three Serie C groups. Also, if the 17th place team finishes the season five or more points behind the 16th place team, they’re relegated. If not, the 16th place team and 17th place team contest a two-round playoff to determine who stays in the league.
At the other end of the table, the top two teams are promoted to Serie A. The third and final team that goes up to Serie A is determined by a playoff, which can include up to six teams. Serie A’s bottom three are automatically relegated to Serie B each season. Meanwhile, the champions of each of the three Serie C groups earn promotion to Serie B. The final team promoted to Serie B is determined by a 28-team playoff.
The teams that descended from the Serie A, on this 2022-2023 season, and moved into the Serie B. Here’s the list of the relegated teams:
- Cagliari Calcio
- Cagliari Calcio’s six-season spell in Serie A came to an end with an 18th-place finish in the 2021-22 season. Despite Joao Pedro’s 13-goal haul, Cagliari finished one point away from the safety zone. Cagliari’s last five matches doomed them to Serie B as they managed just two points. The Sardinians have spent 17 of the last 20 seasons in Serie A and have been promoted in their last two Serie B seasons.
- Genoa C.F.C.
- Genoa C.F.C. were the only relegated team to lose fewer than half of their matches in the 2021-22 Serie A. Their problem was that they drew 16 matches and won just four times all season. Three of Genoa’s wins came in their last nine matches but they finished in 19th place, just one point ahead of Venezia. Now, Genoa are back in Serie B for the first time since 2007.
- Venezia F.C.
- In their first Serie A appearance for 20 years, Venezia failed to build any momentum in 2021-22. A late season 10-game losing streak was the nail in Venezia’s coffin as they finished in last place. They gained five points from their last three matches but it was too little too late for the Venetian club. A promising future may lie ahead though, as they had one of the youngest teams in Serie A last season.