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.
This website was jointly founded in July 2013 by David Butler, Robbie Butler, John Considine and Declan Jordan. All four founders are Lecturers in Economics at University College Cork, Ireland.