Serie A – We are in for an exciting two horse race now.
A couple of weeks ago, this was a four or five team race for the title but recent form has made it clear that we are in for a two horse race. Juventus and Napoli have started to pull away from the pack. Both teams are on spectacular winning streaks. Juventus defeated Frosinone 2-0 this weekend in their 14th straight win. Napoli defeated Carpi 1-0. Gonzalo Higuain netted his 24th league goal in the game. Napoli is currently top of the table on 56 points. Juventus is two points behind them. Fiorentina are in third and 8 points behind them. The race for the final Champions League spot is heating up as Fiorentina, Inter Milan, and Roma are separated by just 2 points. The bottom end of the table is starting to separate as well, as Sampodria are 5 points clear of the bottom 3. Next weekend is a big one as Juventus hosts Napoli and Fiorentina hosts Inter Milan.
Ligue 1 – PSG remain unbeaten.
The domination of the league continues for PSG. They took on rivals, Marseille, this weekend and came away with a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Ibrahimovic and Di Maria. They have now gone 25 games unbeaten and are looking at a very real possibility of going unbeaten all season. Their lead at the top stayed at 24 points. Monaco is now on 45 points with just 13 games to go. That means that they can reach a maximum of 84 points in the season. This also means PSG is just 5 wins away from the title. Done by the end of March? In the race for the other two Champions League places, Monaco is starting to pull away as they have a 6 point lead on Nice and Saint-Etienne. The race for that final spot should be good as Angers, Lyon, Nantes, and Caen are all within 3 points of third place. At the bottom of the table, only two teams failed to get at least a point. Troyes seems destined for relegation as they are 15 points from safety following their 2-0 defeat to Bastia. Toulouse is in the other relegation spot and 5 points from Montpellier. Both teams drew this weekend ahead of their relegation 6 pointer next weekend.
Bundesliga – Top 2 drop points while race for fourth heats up.
This weekend was a rare one in which both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund failed to win and failed to score. Bayern was held to a scoreless draw at Bayer Leverkusen. Dortmund drew 0-0 with Hertha Berlin. The draws meant that both teams stayed 8 points from each other and that the gap from Dortmund to Berlin remained at 10. However, it did make the race for the final two spots a whole lot tighter. Hertha remains in third place on 35 points. Schalke took advantage of the other teams drawing and defeated Wolfsburg 3-0 to jump into fourth place. They now have 33 points. Bayer dropped to fifth place thanks to the draw on 32 points. Monchengladbach also jumped into the race thanks to their 5-1 win over Bremen and also have 32 points. Mainz is just on the outside at 7th with 30 points. The bottom of the table is not as close. The bottom two teams of Hannover and Hoffenheim both suffered defeats this weekend and sit on 14 points each. They are 5 points behind Bremen and 7 behind Eintracht. It might be a long rest of the season for them. Next weekend, Mainz could make a big statement as they host Schalke on Friday.
La Liga – Big 3 all win, Valencia remain winless under Neville
At the top of the table, Atletico comfortably defeated Eibar 3-1 this weekend and Barcelona defeated Levante 2-0 despite not being at their best. Real Madrid was close to drawing 1-1 with Granada but pulled out the win thanks to Luka Modric. Barcelona maintains their 3 point lead on Atleti and 4 point lead on Real. Real Madrid is now 5 points clear of Villarreal, who drew 0-0 with Bilbao. They do have some breathing room in the last Champions League spot since they are 8 points above Sevilla in 5th. At the bottom of the table, Levante and Granada will feel bummed that they did not get any points this weekend, despite playing Barcelona and Real Madrid this weekend. Levante is bottom with 17 points, Granada is 19th with 20 points and Las Palmas is in 18th with 21 points. Valencia’s struggles continued, as they are now just 4 points from the relegation zone after losing 1-0 to Real Betis. Next weekend is a must win for them and 17th place Espanyol when the two clubs meet. Can Espanyol do what Real Betis did and jump Valencia in the table?
Premier League – Leicester really can win the title.
Where else can I start but in Manchester where Leicester City completely dominated Manchester City and put themselves 6 points clear of their opponents. By the end of the weekend, they were 5 points clear of their nearest challenger and now it has to be said that they really can win the title. Robert Huth put in a great performance scoring two goals and organizing their great defense. Riyad Mahrez scored the other goal that had a suburb move to free him up. Tottenham now sits in second place following their 1-0 win over Watford. Arsenal finally won in the Premier League to stay level on points with Spurs. They defeated Bournemouth 2-0. United remain in 5th following their 1-1 draw with Chelsea. Jesse Lingard gave them the lead, but Diego Costa drew the game level late on, causing United to sit 6 points from the top four. At the bottom of the table, Aston Villa picked up a big win over relegation rivals Norwich. They are now just 8 points from safety on 16 points. Norwich is now in the relegation zone at 18th place with 23 points. Sunderland recovered in the final 15 minutes to rescue a point against Liverpool. They are in 19th place with 20 points. Newcastle jumped out of the relegation zone following their 1-0 win over West Brom. They have 24 points. Next weekend is a big one as the top four teams all meet. Arsenal hosts leaders Leicester City and Tottenham travels to Manchester City. Will we see a reshuffle at the top?
Goal of the Week…
My pick is going to be the wonderful strike from Luka Modric that rescued all three points for Real Madrid.
James’ goal of the weekend is the beautiful run and finish by Riyad Mahrez!