Starting from next week, we’re getting ready for the return of some of Europe’s top five leagues. The Premier League never went on a break, the Italian Serie A has already resumed, same with the Spanish La Liga. So we await the resumption of both the German Bundesliga and the French Ligue 1.
These leagues are already past the halfway mark. As we look forward to the remaining half of the respective leagues, here’s a half-season report of five of the most-watched football leagues in Europe – heck, the world!
It’s been basically about Manchester City’s dominance. Pep Guardiola’s moving train managed to obliterate every other opposition – save for Everton – in the first half of their 2017/2018 campaign. Not bad for a team tipped to win the title by a record amount of points.
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As for the rest, it’s been the case of Arsenal’s strong home form, Mourinho vs. Conte, and Burnley’s surprising – okay, maybe not so surprising – season so far. It’d be incredulous to not talk about the surprise names at the top of the Premier League’s goal scorer charts. Mohammed Salah and Raheem Sterling have been nothing short of amazing.
Spanish La Liga
Barcelona is running away with the La Liga title. That’s the closest summary we can give. After defeating Real Madrid late last year, it looks as if the Catalan giants are well on their way to another league title. They’re also the only side yet to taste defeat in the La Liga this season.
Valencia started the season like a house on fire but they’ve dropped off to third. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo had the most shots off target from inside the box during the term, according to WhoScored. Then there’s a real scramble for relegation survival at the bottom of the standings. Phew! What a season.
Italian Serie A
With Inter dropping off points late last year, the Serie A has gradually turned into a two-horse race between Napoli and Juventus. The former has only lost once this season while the latter has lost two games this season already.
Further down below on the league table, AC Milan’s millions have yet to start yielding profits. Benevento look like they’re doomed for relegation with just 7 points won after 20 games. Revelation of the season? It’s a tight call between Atalanta and the version of Inzaghi managing the Lazio side.
Call it a one-horse race and you won’t be wrong. Bayern Munich, for the umpteenth time, is cruising to yet another Bundesliga title win, with an 11-point gap over their nearest rival on the table, Schalke 04. It’s hard to tell if this is good for the league or not.
In other news, all the teams placed third to sixth are all on the same number of points (28 points). Maybe the league hasn’t been so boring after all. FC Cologne seem like they’re on their way to an early relegation.
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French Ligue 1
This season, it has been PSG against the other 19 clubs. Talk about another one-horse race!
The Paris outfit has dominated the league in all ramifications. From having the most possession on the average, to the most number of shots per game and pass accuracy, PSG is well on its way to this season’s league title.
Monaco and Lyon seem to be on their way to finishing in the top three while Metz, with 11 points, may not be able to make the cut when the next season begins, except if they can transform their form, drastically.
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