Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Barça and Atlético neck-and-neck

It's Barcelona and Atlético Madrid neck-and-neck on 24 points after eight games - maximum points, as the Bundesliga appears to be a three-horse race between Bayern, Dortmund and Leverkusen. In the Premiership, Arsenal leads Liverpool on goal difference and in Russia, Zenit has pulled five points clear.

La Liga (After 8 matches)

Totalists - Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid with 24 points from 8 games. Third is Real Madrid with 19 points, two ahead of Villarreal CF. Barça thumped Valladolid 4-1, Atlético beat Celta 2-1, Real came away from Levante 2-3 winners and Villarreal defeated Granada 3-0.

Premiership (After 7 matches)

Arsenal and Liverpool lead the Premiership (16 points) after 7 games. Arsenal drew 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion, while Suarez opened the scoreboard in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat of Crystal Palace. Chelsea are in third (14) (3-1 at Norwich) and Southampton pull up into fourth place (14) with a 2-0 defeat of Swansea.

Bundesliga (After 8 matches)

FC Bayern Munchen 20, Borussia Dortmund 19, Bayer 04 Leverkusen 19. The match of the week in the Bundesliga was Leverkusen 1- Bayern Munchen 1. Kroos opened the scoring for the visitors on 30 minutes and Sam replied for Leverkusen a minute later. Dortmund was defeated 2-0 at Mönchengladbach.

Serie A (After 7 matches)

It's AS Roma two points ahead of SCC Napoli in Italy. Roma has the maximum 21 points while Napoli has 19, the same as Juventus. Roma came away from Milan 3-0 winner at Inter, Napoli had a comprehensive victory over Livorno (4-0) and Juve beat AC Milan in Turin, 3-2.

Ligue 1 (After 9 matches)

AS Monaco and PSG lead on 21 points (maximum), third is Lille (17) and fourth equal on points with Lille is Marseille. Monaco beat Saint-Étienne 2-1, Lille beat Ajaccio 3-0 and PSG came away from Marseille with a 2-1 victory.

Primeira Liga (After 7 matches)

In Portugal, FC Porto is clear on 19 points after winning at Arouca 3-1, Sporting CP is two points behind (4-0 over Setúbal) and Benfica is now third (2-1 at Estoril Praia).

Russian Premier League (After 12 matches)

Zenit is now five points clear of Moscow duo Lokomotiv and Spartak. Zenit went to Tomsk to beat FC Tom 3-0, Lokomotiv drew two apiece at Krylya Sovetov and Spartak was held in Moscow to a goalless draw by Terek Grozny.

Fenerbahçe leads the Turkish league by one point (16) over Besiktas JK (one game in hand).

In Armenia FC Ararat leads with 14 points from 7 games; in Azerbaijan, Qäbälä and Nefti lead with 18 points from 9 games; in Belarus after 27 games, BATE Borisov has pulled five points clear (57).

After 27 games in Kazakhstan, FC Aktobe has 39 points from 29 games and is 6 points ahead of FS Astana.

In Ukraine after 11 games, the top spot belongs to Metalist Kharkiv (29 points) with a game in hand.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

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