Serie A is heating up entering the November international break.
The top sides are starting to assert themselves. With Inter and Fiorentina level on points at the top and Roma and Napoli within two points, there are currently four teams vying for the Scudetto. But others are not far behind. Sassuolo is having a dream season, and Milan is starting to turn it around after a difficult start to the season.
Even Juventus is starting to get back into the picture. The Bianconeri is now in seventh place in the table, its highest position of the season.
Amazingly, seventh place is still Juventus' lowest position in the table since the 2010-11 season, when it finished in the same position. Juventus has won the last four league titles.
Serie A Power Rankings, Round 12
|Club||Round 11||Round 12||Thoughts|
Inter Milan (Round 11: 1st)
|Defeated Torino, 1-0||vs. Frosinone, Sunday, Nov. 22||Twelve games, 12 goals, eight wins. Ridiculous. The Nerazzurri are only behind first-place Fiorentina on goal difference. Inter has 12 goals. The next-highest club with 12 or fewer in the table? Twelfth-place Palermo (12). The bottom six all have 12 or fewer, as well. The difference for Inter is its seven goals against.|
|Defeated Sampdoria, 2-0||vs. Empoli, Sunday, Nov. 22||Fiorentina is having an amazing season, sitting in first place in the table after 12 matches. Inter's success has come from defense. Fiorentina's comes from a ridiculous scoring rate of two goals per match.|
AS Roma (3)
|Defeated Lazio, 2-0||at Bologna, Saturday Nov. 21||Roma is only one point off the pace in the race for the Scudetto, thanks in part to a remarkable derby win over Lazio this weekend. Edin Dzeko buried a penalty kick and Gervinho added the insurance in the second half, as the Giallorossi declared their dominance of the city.|
|Defeated Udinese, 1-0||at Verona, Sunday, Nov. 22||Is Gonzalo Higuain the best player in Serie A this year? The Argentine is certainly making the case. His 53rd-minute goal against Udinese was his ninth of the season, to go along with two assists. In the early going, it's a three-horse race for the Capocannoniere between Higuain, Citadin Eder and Nikola Kalinic.|
AC Milan (5)
|Drew 0-0 vs. Atalanta||at Juventus, Saturday, Nov. 21||Milan was in 11th at the October international break. At the November break, the Rossoneri are in sixth, having won three and drawn two since the last break. Milan probably should have been better Saturday, but the squad clearly missed injured midfielders Giacomo Bonaventura and Andrea Bertolacci. The 21st will be epic, when the legendary Gianluigi Buffon and young rising star Gianluigi Donnarumma are in net against each other at the Juventus Stadium.|
|Defeated Carpi, 1-0||at Genoa, Sunday, Nov. 22||Did anyone have Sassuolo in the top five at this point in the season? This is still awesome, and it will continue to be awesome so long as Sassuolo keeps fighting for a European competition.|
|Defeated Empoli, 3-1||vs. Milan, Saturday, Nov. 21||Juventus now has two wins in a row and has jumped from 12th to seventh with the two results. The return from the break will be great, as Juventus and rival Milan meet for the first time, with both looking for a big win.|
|Lost to Inter, 1-0||at Atalanta, Sunday, Nov. 22||Tough to lose, but Torino has still been playing decent football of late. It's hard to score against Inter's incredible defense.|
|Lost to Fiorentina, 2-0||at Udinese, Sunday, Nov. 22||Sampdoria will return from the break at the start of a new era, as Walter Zenga was sacked Tuesday morning. What happens next for the club? The primary target is reportedly Vincenzo Montella, who could do great things with Eder leading his attack.|
|Lost to Roma, 2-0||vs. Palermo, Sunday, Nov. 22||Losing the derby is never a good feeling, but Lazio will come back ready to make a push deeper into the top half.|
|Lost to Juventus, 3-1||at Fiorentina, Sunday, Nov. 22||How does a team lose and move up? It was an interesting week to construct these rankings, but I like Empoli more than some of the other mid-table sids. Maybe it's the Riccardo Saponara fan in me. Has anyone on this site mentioned how much we like that guy?|
Chievo Verona (11)
|Lost to Palermo, 1-0||at Carpi, Sunday, Nov. 22||I liked Chievo at the start of the season, but there was never anything special about the Flying Donkeys.|
|Drew 0-0 vs. Milan||vs. Torino, Sunday, Nov. 22||Milan manager Sinisa Mihajlovic said the Rossoneri were lucky to get a point against Atalanta, and he was right. La Dea put in a good showing, despite failing to beat Donnarumma. They're in the top half of the table and could be tough to move out of that position.|
|Drew 2-2 at Frosinone||vs. Sassuolo, Sunday, Nov. 22||Genoa came back to salvage a draw against Frosinone, despite going down to 10 men earlier in the match.|
|Lost to Napoli, 1-0||vs. Sampdoria, Sunday, Nov. 22||Udinese has been a mainstay in Serie A for two decades, but right now it finds itself in the relegation battle. The Zebrette should stay up in the end, but it will be a fight.|
|Defeated Verona, 2-0||vs. Roma, Saturday, Nov. 21||Bologna won, but it is still Bologna. That Roma match could get ugly.|
|Defeated Chievo, 1-0||at Lazio, Sunday, Nov. 22||There's just something about Palermo that is hard to like, and I'm not talking about Maurizio Zamparini.|
|Drew 2-2 vs. Genoa||at Inter, Nov. 22||Frosinone had the lead in the final 15 minutes and was playing up a man. The Canaries should have won.|
Hellas Verona (18)
|Lost to Bologna, 2-0||vs. Napoli, Sunday, Nov. 22||"What's that, Bologna? You think you're going to be the Serie A mainstay to get relegated? Oh, honey, no." Verona has scored eight goals—EIGHT—in 12 matches. Every other side has at least 10.|
|Lost to Sassuolo, 1-0||vs. Chievo, Sunday, Nov. 22||I thought Sassuolo would put three or four past Carpi. Oops.|