How is the race for first place going in the top five Football leagues?

With Club Football all set to begin, fans are set to be excited and go back to their regular cycle of keeping tabs on their favourite and rival teams. After all, it is the most exciting part of the season. Managers would love to have their benches injury-free as what begins now is known as the ‘Title Charge’. Teams give their all ‘just’ to have a glorious piece of trophy added to their history. It is also now that every single mistake magnifies and can change their fate. With that being the case, it is of utmost importance to know what’s going on in the different leagues across Europe. That’s where we come in; as we right here, will provide you with a brief update on what has been going around in some of Europe’s best leagues.

English Premier League:

Thanks to its sheer competitiveness, the English Premier League is easily the most popular one. Ironically, Manchester City is headed towards another comfortable league title. Having a comfortable cushion of 12 points, City also has the best form winning all of their last 3 matches. Liverpool is comfortably placed at 2nd position with 48 points in their kitty, Chelsea is positioned at 3rd position with 47 points, but Liverpool commands an advantage of playing 2 fewer matches.

West Ham and Manchester United are tussling for the last UCL qualifying spot with 40 & 39 points, respectively. Tottenham and Arsenal are competitors for that #4 spot, playing 21 matches with 36 points each. Coincidently both have won and drawn the same number of games. Wolverhampton Wanderers are the last team that still appears to be in contention. 

Spanish LaLiga:

If you are looking for flair, LaLiga is your best option. Filled with loads of exciting players who are technically sound and also have an excellent understanding of tactics. While being a competitive league, LaLiga has also been criticized for being a two-horse race between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, both winning 60 titles between them.

This year seems no different, with Real Madrid heading to another title finish. With 53 points from 23 matches, Real Madrid leads the pack of Spanish Clubs. Sevilla FC is the next closest club with a tally of 47 points. The next in line is Real Betis. Real Betis has been a surprise entry this year, with 40 points, and are also looking closer to earning their first Champions League qualification since 2005. The fourth place is currently occupied by FC Barcelona.

The Catalan Giants had their worst ever start this season, but after hiring club legend Xavi, their ship has been steadied and are looking good with 38 points on the table. They have lost only one league game and won six from ten league matches, with Spaniard at the helm. But Los Cules have no reason to be happy as there is a long list of competitors vying to snatch their place. Competing for the last available UCL spot are Atletico Madrid (36), Villarreal (35), Real Sociedad (35), Athletic Bilbao (34) and Rayo Vallecano (31). With such an extensive list of teams competing for 3rd spot and 4th spot, LaLiga is bound to be exciting in the final stages.

Italian Serie A:

Serie A has been surprisingly entertaining this season. Inter Milan has been making every effort to defend their title, but their defence has been constantly threatened by other teams. Inter has 53 points in their account, but that’s not enough for them to heave a sigh of relief. Napoli and AC Milan are chasing behind at light speed, trailing behind by just a point.

Juventus has yet another disappointing campaign sitting at 4th place with 45 points sitting at the 4th spot. But they know it’s not time to ponder over the title challenge, as their continental qualification itself is in danger. Atalanta looks dangerous with 43 points on board, playing one less match than Bianconeri. Lazio, Roma, and Fiorentina are chasing behind the pack culminating in yet another unexpected yet exciting scenario at the end of the campaign. 

German Bundesliga: 

Same Old Story Here. Bundesliga was, is, and will be dominated by Bayern Munich. Even in a league known for its attacking intensity, Bayern is a brutal machine. With Robert Lewandowski knocking in stunners for fun, Bayern has a +47 goal difference. Having a 9-point cushion between them and their eternal rivals Dortmund, the Bavarian club is comfortably aiming for their 31st league title. Borussia Dortmund, the eternal runners-up, are looking for another second place.

Haaland’s goal-scoring antics aren’t enough for Dortmund to pose a severe threat to Bayern, as Die Borussen is floating at 43 points. Bayer Leverkusen is resting in third place with 38 points, 5 points behind Dortmund. The only exciting piece of Bundesliga is the competition for 4th place. Union Berlin is the current #4 but is facing stiff challenge from SC Freiburg, FC Koln, RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim and Eintracht Frankfurt. Not much is expected from the German league as everything is going as it always go, but keep the faith as miracles are always unexpected.

French Ligue 1:

Ah! How we missed the Ligue 1 of last season. Seeing PSG struggle has a different charm to it. Rising quickly with the power of money, you may either love or hate PSG. We aren’t antagonizing PSG here, but a change is always welcomed in football. LOSC Lille’s die-hard attitude made them a deserving champion last season.

But after a historic transfer window that saw the likes of Donnarumma, Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, and the legendary Lionel Messi move to the French capital, PSG has again taken a massive lead of 13 points. Other than that, Ligue 1’s looking pretty competitive. For a league-second and the final UCL spot are competing Marseille (43), OGC Nice (42), Strasbourg (38), Rennes (37), and AS Monaco (36). PSG’s bitter rivals Marseille are the #2 for now, but who knows what may happen. LOSC Lille is currently struggling at 11th place and is looking a shadow of their past season self. 

Looking at the tables, most of the champions are already determined, but the question is if they can maintain their form. It was at this stage last season when Man City overtook others to win Premier League, and Atletico Madrid almost lost their title to city rivals Real Madrid. So, while it is better to keep our expectations low, a miracle is never far away.

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