European Football Wrap-Up, 3/4/10

With the home stretch upon us across Europe, each major league has seen their title races heating up.

Premier League (England): although it appears as though this two-horse race, this Premier League title race is far from just that. While Chelsea and Man United have been jockeying for position out in front, Arsenal has improved their play as of late, and stand just 3 points off the lead (their remaining schedule doesn’t look as formidable either). The Blues and Red Devils will likely be the sole contenders in May, but given both teams’ inconsistent play as of late, there’s no telling who will finish atop the standings. This continues to be one of the most exciting title races in recent memory.

Serie A (Italy): Inter looked as if they would runaway with their fifth consecutive Scudetto, especially after their third straight win in the Milan derby. However, AC Milan has come on very strong as of late and has reduced the deficit to four points from the top spot. Advantage goes to Inter, who looks ahead to a slightly easier schedule down the home stretch.

La Liga (Spain): about 2 months ago, I wrote this race off entirely, and exclaimed that Barca would stomp of with the League Trophy yet again. However, Real Madrid has come on strong and, although Barcelona has lost just once all season, the new Galacticos are just two points off the pace. The showdown on April 11th at the Bernabéu will likely decide this race, and could be one of the most watched matches in quite some time. Verdict: I’ll still exclaim Barca the champions of Spain, that way i can say “told ya so” in about 2 months.

Ligue 1 (France): While the fact that Lyon is closing the gap may steal most of the headlines in France, I am still amazed that a side like Montpellier, who was in Ligue 2 this time last year, could possibly stand just a goal differential away from being in first place this season. Bordeaux still retains the advantage, with 2 games at hand, but with les Girondins splitting time between domestic and Champions league play, the door is wide open as Montpellier, Lyon, and Marseille are all nipping at their heels. A race that went down to the wire last year looks sure to live up to the hype again this May.

Bundesliga (Germany): with Bayern Munich back on top, they must be the favorites to claim their 22nd League title in Germany. But if we learned anything from last year, it’s to not count out the other teams in contention. Bayer Leverkusen has developed a habit of drawing virtually every other game, while Schalke has won 7 and lost just once in its last 10 games.  Overall, neither team will go down without a fight.

Scottish Premier League: probably the only runaway on the board. Rangers all but secured a second straight title with its 1-0 win over fierce rivals Celtic on Sunday. 10 points up with 7 games to go; cue the fat lady!

Dutch Eredivisie: While undefeated PSV looks to roll away with the title, FC Twente lies just one point back, and Ajax is not far behind. Each team squares off against tough opponents over the next 2 months (PSV will face both Twente and Ajax). It looks to be a fight to the finish, and whomever can capitalize on wins instead of draws (or losses) will take the Dutch crown.

Portugese Liga: the second two horse race on the Iberian Peninsula, Benfica and Braga have distanced themselves from FC Porto. Their showdown on March 28th may decide the Liga title.



One Response to European Football Wrap-Up, 3/4/10

  1. Mar says:

    I’m a staunch follower of the EPL and I agree that this season has got to be one of the most exciting in years, where there’s just too much unpredictable results.

    In La Liga, the 2 horse race between Barca and Real makes for an encounter that’s as exciting as Glasgow Rangers and Celtic.

    As for Serie A, unless another whoping saga or revelation crops up and teams starts geting points deducted, Inter and Mourinho should cruise all the way to their next title grab.

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