Here we go. New and improved top 40 dingoT. Starting this week I will also spotlight one team that makes a rather big move in the rankings with dingoRs. This week it is Sevilla. Last week it was out of top 36 and now it breaks into the billboard bubble at number 34. First last week and this week’s rankings:
Not much to say.Top is still very similar to last week. It is good to see that ManU is finally coming down in rankings. Napoli has not been performing well in Serie A and is getting punished as a result. If EPL and La Liga races are not exciting enough for you CL spot races in Bundesliga and La Liga might also be of interest as most of those teams competing for those spots(only 1 in La Liga, and possibly 3 in Bundesliga) are up for grabs.
I always had a soft spot for Sevilla. Years ago while vacationing in Spain I watched(on TV) a Sevilla-Betis derby while they were both in Segunda. So it was nice to see them to break into the dingoT while gaining 4.3 points. They beat no.27 Real Sociedad over the weekend and increased their chances of European soccer next season. Also there is Sevilla-Betis derby next week but this time in Europe League. Mr. dingoR :
Top 3 dingoR (min 10 games)
Rakitic is well known by now; apparently target of many bigger clubs and valued $27m by transfermarkt. His rating would have been higher if he has not missed 3 penalties this season. He is an exceptional midfielder who performs well defending and attacking. Fazio is an Argentinian defender who has been one of the few shining lights in Sevilla defense this year. He has been in Sevilla for the last 7 years but only is 26. Carlos Bacca gives hope to Colombians who are concerned about Falcao’s injury. After a bargain move to Belgium in 2012; Sevilla snatched him last summer for $9.5m and is definitely worth more now.
Bottom 3 dingoR (min 10 games)
First of all; I have no idea who these guys are. 22 year old Diogo Figuerias moved to Sevilla 2 years ago and has been playing more of a midfielder role lately with excellent Coke(112.7) covering the back. So far it has not been working for the young Portugese but due to his age we can give him more time. Another Portguese Daniel Carriço is on loan from Reading seems to be preferred choice in defensive midfield while the team has much better options in Cristóforo(102.4) , Mbia(109.5-injured)and Iborra (101.9). He should not be playing. We’ll give Jairo a pass for now as he is very young(20) and has been played in 3 different positions this year.
Overall Sevilla has a decent team with 9 players over 100.0 dingoR’s Yet, it is stars like Rakitic and Bacca that make the difference for them . I am afraid, given Spanish economic malaise, they will not be able to hold on to them for long, especially Rakitic which would be an excellent fit for ManU.
Country Rankings were posted 2 days ago and nothing changed. So…
Finally what to watch this weekend:
7:45am West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United: 28.9
7:45am Arsenal vs Everton (FA Cup): 53.3
9:30am Wolfsburg vs Bayern München: 70.2
12:30pm Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur: 67.8
7:30am Juventus vs Fiorentina: 49.5
12:30pm Mainz 05 vs Hertha BSC: 21.7
3:45pm Napoli vs Roma: 74.9
4:00pm Valencia vs Athletic Club: 59.1