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How Rangers' gap over Celtic compares to other league leads across Europe

Daily Record logoDaily Record 22/11/2020 21:42:45 Steven Mair

Steven Gerrard's Rangers cranked it up to 11 after a 4-0 win over Aberdeen on Sunday and their early title charge is being heard across Europe.

Celtic dropped more points at Easter Road against Hibs the previous day, paving the way for the Ibrox club to take advantage against the Dons.

They duly obliged and despite their rivals' two games in hand, the Light Blues have one of the biggest leads across Europe's top flight leagues.

In fact, Rangers are bucking the trend as some of the biggest divisions remain comparatively neck-and-neck early on this season - though that is partly down to the Scottish Premiership's earlier start date compared to the divisions that finished their previous seasons over the summer.

Here's how that 11-point lead compares across the continent.

English Premier League - goal difference

Tottenham and Liverpool are locked on 20 points apiece as it stands, with Jose Mourinho's men edging it with a +8 goal difference advantage.

That's pretty much down to two freak results in one day when Liverpool fell 7-2 to Aston Villa just hours after Spurs' 6-1 thrashing of Manchester United.

Chelsea and Brendan Rodgers' Leicester city round off the top four at the moment, both on 18 points in third and fourth.

La Liga - 3 points

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It's early days but this season in the Spanish top flight has the makings of a real challenge to the domestic duopoly.

A David Silva inspired Real Sociedad and unbeaten Atletico Madrid have had stellar starts and the Basque side are just edging their capital counterparts by three points, though they have played two games more.

Real Madrid trail in fourth on 17 points while Barcelona are languishing in 11th, already a whopping 12 points behind the leaders.


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Bundesliga - 1 point

Bayern Munich are looking to match Celtic's achievement of last season by winning a ninth German title in a row.

They were ran close by Borussia Dortmund in 2018/19, sealing the league on the final day, and Lucien Favre's men are putting up a solid challenge so far this campaign led by Golden Boy, Erling Braut Haaland.

So, too, are Rangers' recent Europa League opponents Bayer Leverkusen. Both they and BVB are locked on 18 points - one behind the serial champions Bayern.

Serie A - two points

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Celtic's European foes AC Milan are leading the charge on 20 points.

It's looking like a tight one over in Italy this year as Sassuolo, Roma, Juventus, Napoli and Inter all follow between second and sixth - with just five points between the Nerazzuri and their city rival table-toppers.

It remains to be seen if Andrea Pirlo's champions can clinch their 10th trophy in a row - where have we heard that before? - but they'll have to fight hard for it.

Ligue 1 - 4 points

As you might guess, it's cash-rich Paris Saint-Germain aiming to scoop yet another French crown led by superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

But that's no certainty with the likes of Lille, Lyon, Monaco and Montpellier all four points behind the perennial pace-setters in the 16th arrondissement.

A surprise 3-2 Monaco win over PSG in the principality on Friday night dragged the capital city club down towards the chasing pack.

Eredivisie - 2 points

Ajax have impressed on the glitzy stage of the Champions League in recent seasons and they've enjoyed recent success domestically too.

They're going for a third Eredivisie crown as they lead Vitesse Arnhem by two points, with arch-rivals Feyenoord in third.

Liga NOS - 4 points

Sporting are out in front on 19 points in Portugal's top-flight, with a healthy four-point advantage after just seven games.

In the trailing pack are Rangers' opposition on Thursday night, Benfica, while Braga and Porto are also in the mix.

22. marraskuuta 2020 23:42:45 Categories: Daily Record

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