By David Butler
Here is a table showing the margin between the first and second placed clubs in the Big 5 European leagues at this stage of the season since 97/98.
For European football fans only one race looks yet to be decided - Serie A. There is only a point between Napoli and Juventus. Both are priced at 5/6 by the bookmakers to win the league. While Barcelona are ‘only’ seven points clear in La Liga, they are 1/100 to be crowned Champions. Manchester City are priced at 1/200. It is only possible to bet without PSG and Bayern Munich in Lique 1 and the Bundesliga.
The cumulative points margin has never been as great across the European leagues. Only in the 12/13 season were similar double digit points differences seen across Europe at this stage. The record wouldn’t suggest any surprises are due to happen either. Any club with a double digit lead at this stage of the season hasn’t relinquished top spot over this time period.