Manchester City went 15 points clear of neighbours Manchester United with their 1-0 win over Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Wednesday night, a lead that may well prove impossible to overturn now.
The 15 point gap is currently the largest in European football. Not Europe’s top 5 leagues. All of European football. Given the reputation the Premier League has about its competitive nature, this is quite remarkable.
City’s former Champions League opponents, Viktoria Plzeň, are the closest with a 14 point lead over Slavia Prague in the Czech HET Liga, but Pep Guardiola’s ‘Shark Team’ stand above any team on the continent right now.
Could the gap be extended more? City face a resurgent Crystal Palace next, before hosting Watford at the Etihad Stadium. Both are games the Blues will look to win, while United host Southampton on the 30th then face a tricky away trip to Everton on New Year’s Day.
Here is the list of the biggest gaps between 1st and 2nd place in Europe’s leagues at this stage of the season:
England: Manchester City (+15)
Czech Republic: Viktoria Plzeň (+14)
Montenegro: Sutjeska (+13)
Croatia: Dinamo (+12)
Iceland: Valur (+12)
Germany: Bayern Munich (+11)
Belgium: Club Brugge (+11)
Spain: Barcelona (+9)
France: PSG (+9)
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