With 10 weeks of the season already behind us, Europe’s major leagues are beginning to take shape.
None of the continent’s heavyweights, with the exception of Liverpool and Juventus, have shown consistency so far.
LaLiga Santander is the prime example of this inconsistency amongst the big teams. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are all struggling to find form, allowing the likes of Granada and Real Sociedad to appear near the top of the table.
Barcelona have already dropped points against Athletic Club, Osasuna, Granada and Levante, while Real Madrid have been beaten by Real Mallorca and drawn at home to Real Valladolid and Real Betis.
Atletico, meanwhile, have drawn against Celta Vigo, Real Madrid, Real Valladolid, Valencia, Alaves and Sevilla and lost to Real Sociedad.
Europe’s big guns
Liverpool and Juventus are the only two clubs still unbeaten in Europe’s top five leagues.
In the Premier League, Manchester City have lost to Norwich and Wolves, while Chelsea (two draws and two defeats), Tottenham (four draws and four defeats), Arsenal (five draws and two defeats) and Manchester United (four draws and four defeats) have all failed to mount a challenge at the top.
In Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain have already lost three times but are still comfortably clear at the top of the table.
Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus have started their Serie A campaign with nine wins, two draws and no defeats. Antonio Conte’s Inter have lost just once while city rivals AC Milan have already been beaten six times.
Bayern Munich’s poor start to the season, which has included three draws and two defeats, has led to the first major sacking of the season as Niko Kovac lost his job on Sunday.
Borussia Dortmund are the team with the fewest defeats (one) in the Bundesliga so far as Borussia Monchengladbach sit top of the table.