Liverpool’s dominance in the Premier League this season has all but ended any hopes of a title race, Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders having extended their huge advantage over nearest challengers Manchester City ahead of the winter break.
Whilst English football’s top prize is seemingly heading to Merseyside, there is much more to play for on the continent with several title races evenly poised as we head towards the final stages of the season.
Here is the points gap between first and second place in all of Europe’s top five leagues…
Serie A – 0 points
Juventus’ shock defeat at Verona last weekend has opened up the Serie A title race once more, Inter Milan coming from two-goals down in the Milan derby to seal victory on Sunday and move back to the top of the division on goal difference.
Lazio, backed by the prolific goals of Capocannoniere leader Ciro Immobile, are just a point further back, as Juve’s eight-year hold on Italian football faces its greatest challenge in many a season.
The division’s three-way title race is a welcome return to competitiveness in Serie A after seasons of domestic dominance from the Turin side, whilst the hopes of Inter and Lazio could both be boosted by Juventus’ desire to lift a first Champions League in 24 years this season.
Antonio Conte’s league leading Inter are perhaps the most likely to seal the title, the resilient Milan side having lost just one league fixture all season.
Bundesliga – 1 point
Bayern Munich may be seeking an eighth successive Bundesliga title, but the Bavarians are facing serious competition this season in a fascinating title race in German football’s top-flight.
The defending champions currently lead the way yet again this season but by just a point from closest challengers RB Leipzig, the two sides having played out a goalless draw last weekend with both sides missing glorious chances to take the title initiative.
The stalemate between the two sides also leaves Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach still firmly in contention with both sides just four points adrift of the leaders, whilst the latter also possess a game in hand which could see them move level with Leipzig to within just a point of Bayern.
Bayern’s depth of talent and title-winning pedigree has them as favourites to extend their dominance, but the final stages of the season could prove to be some of the most fascinating viewing in European football.
La Liga – 3 points
Spain’s big two are once again embroiled in a tense title race, Real Madrid currently possessing a three-point advantage over Barcelona with the likes of Getafe and Atletico Madrid some way adrift.
Only Atletico have managed to break the title stranglehold of the duo in the past 15 years, and it looks likely to be a straight shoot-out between the two eternal rivals once more over the final stages of the season.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real side are seeking a first title in three seasons and their hopes could hinge on a huge meeting with Barcelona at the Bernabeu on March 1, the two sides set for another blockbuster El Clásico which could prove crucial to the destination of the title.
Los Blancos currently lead the way and have won five consecutive La Liga fixtures, but with a certain Lionel Messi in their ranks Barcelona will be confident of closing the gap.
Ligue 1 – 12 points
Paris Saint-Germain’s dominance of French football is showing no signs of stopping, the capital club currently possessing a 12-point advantage over second-placed Marseille as they seek a seventh title in the past eight seasons.
Thomas Tuchel’s side’s firepower has seen them score a huge 30 goals more than Marseille thus far, with both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar amongst Ligue 1’s leading scorers, whilst the Parisian outfit also possess the best defensive record in the division with just 17 goals conceded from their 24 games.
After years of domestic dominance the club’s priority will be reaching the latter stages of the Champions League, though even with that distraction it looks unlikely any side will be able to prevent PSG claiming a ninth top-flight title – just one short of the all-time record of 10 held by Saint-Étienne.
Premier League – 22 points
Liverpool’s record-breaking start to the season has put them firmly in position to land an elusive league title, with no club having ever held a bigger advantage over second at this stage of the season.
Jurgen Klopp’s world and European champions have won all but one of their Premier League fixtures, their 73 points amassed by February 1 leaving them well on course to break a host of divisional records, including most points, most wins and biggest winning margin.
Currently undefeated in 42 league games, Liverpool are now just seven short of Arsenal’s all-time record streak, whilst their win over Southampton last time out was the club’s 16th in succession, just two short of matching the record set by Manchester City.
Klopp’s side need just six wins from their final 13 games to guarantee title success, a drought-breaking title becoming ever closer in what could prove to be the most dominant league campaigns in English football history.