Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Soccer round-up

Manchester United v. Manchester City, Real Madrid v. Barcelona, PSG v. Montpellier. These three leagues seem to be between two teams, while the German and Italian leagues are more open. A stunning 6-goal thriller at Chelsea spelt out why the Premiership is perhaps the most exciting league today
 

England Premier League

Manchester City edge ahead after a thrilling 6-goal stunner at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea was 3-0 up against Manchester United, and let the Red Devils draw. While United drew, in this case gaining a point but losing two, City beat Fulham with a comprehensive 3-0 scoreline. Newcastle United continues its excellent run with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa; Arsenal's goal difference shot up with a 7-1 thrashing of Blackburn Rovers, while Liverpool take on Tottenham on Monday night.


English Premier League after 24 games 
1. Manchester City 57 
2. Manchester United 55  
3. Tottenham  49 (23 games)  
4. Chelsea FC 43  
5. Newcastle United 42 
6. Arsenal 40  
7. Liverpool FC 38 (23 games) 

 

Spain - Primera Liga 

Wins for Real Madrid and Barcelona, draws for Valencia and Levante - and the rest of the pack - confirm the trend in La Liga. Real Madrid came away from Getafe with a 1-0 win and the three points; Barcelona received and beat Real Sociedad 2-1; Valencia drew at home with Atlético while Levante drew 1-1 with Racing Santander; Athletic (Bilbao) and Espanyol drew 3-3
 
Spanish Primera Liga after 21 games  
1. Real Madrid 55 
2. FC Barcelona 48 
3. Valencia CF 37   
4. Levante UD 32  
5. RCD Espanyol 32 
6. Athletic Club (Bilbao) 30 
7. Club Atlético de Madrid 30 
 
Italy - Serie A 
AC Milan (0-0 at home with Napoli) did not take full advantage of the home draw for Juventus with Siena. Udinese went down 3-2 at Fiorentina; Lazio interrupted a good run with a 3-2 defeat at Genoa, AS Roma beat Inter 4-0.

 

Italian Serie A after 22 games  
1. Juventus 45 (21 games)
2. AC Milan 44 
3. Udinese Calcio 41

4. SS Lazio 39 
5. Inter Milan 36 
6. AS Roma 34 (21 games)
7. SSC Napoli 31 

 

Germany - Bundesliga 
A win for Dortmund at Nurnberg 2-0 claims first spot over Bayern (1-1 draw at Hamburg), Schalke (1-1 draw with Mainz) and Moenchengladbach (0-0 draw at Wolfsburg). With Bremen (2-2 at Freiburg) and Leverkusen (2-2 with Stuttgart) also drawing, Hannover (1-0 winner at Hertha Berlin) was the only other club apart from Borussia Dortmund to claim all three points in the pack.


German Bundesliga after 20 games  
1. Borussia Dortmund 43 
2. FC Bayern Munchen 41 
3. FC Schalke 04 41 
4. VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach 40 
5. Werder Bremen 32     
6. Bayer 04 Leverkusen 31 
7. Hannover 96 30 

 

France - Ligue 1 

Looking more and more like a title race between Paris Saint Germain and Montpellier, the French League turned out as follows this weekend: PSG got all three points against Évian (3-1), while Montpellier beat Brest 1-0.
Marseille drew 2-2 at home with Lyon

Rennes drew 0-0 at Nancy

Toulouse went down 2-0 at Bordeaux

French Ligue 1 after 22 games  
1. Paris Saint-Germain FC 49 
2. Montpellier Hérault 46 
3. LOSC Lille Métropole 39 (21 games)
4. Olympique Lyonnais 39 
5. Olympique de Marseille 38 
6. Stade Rennais 36 
7. Toulouse FC 34 

 

Portugal - Primeira Liga 

Primeira Liga after 17 games 
1. SL Benfica 45 
2. FC Porto 40  
3. SC Braga 37 
4. SC Portugal 32    
5. CS Marítimo 29  
6. Vitória SC (Guimarães) 23 
7. SC Olhanense 21 

Russian Premier League - Final standings (League closed for winter) 
Russian Premier League after 30 games 
1. FC Zenit St. Petersburg 61 
2. PFC CSKA Moskva 59 
3. FC Dinamo Moskva 55 
4. FC Spartak Moskva 53 
5. FC Lokomotiv Moskva 53 
 
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey 
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