The Premier League remains the world's most popular domestic league, but is it still categorically the most exciting?
It's a neverending debate that seems impossible to resolve, given that so much of the pleasure derived from football boils down to personal preferences and subjective factors.
With Liverpool opening up a 19-point lead at the summit of the Premier League with their win against West Ham, neutral observers around the world are struggling to stay compelled by the "title race" in England, as it seems inevitable that the Reds will march to the crown with relative ease. Not that their supporters are complaining.
By contrast, the title races in Germany, Italy & Spain are all too tight to call ad we approach February. In the Bundesliga, only two points separate the top three with a couple of defining head to head clashes coming up in the next ten days.
The Italian Serie A has been a procession for Juventus in the past seven seasons, but 2019/2020 won't be the same, judging by the current standings.
Inter has drawn three consecutive matches which saw them lose their lead at Christmas, but with Lazio having won 11 of their last 12 in Serie A, and drawing the other two, they have form and a game in hand on their side. Any of the top three has a genuine shot at the Scudetto in 2020.
And then there's LaLiga. This year, it's a two-horse race between Barcelona and Real Madrid with Atletico battling to keep pace with Spain's two giants. It is a race, though, and the sides meet at the Bernabeu on 1 March in a potential title decider.
📊 Goals per game ratio
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In 2019/2020, the Premier League's goals per game ratio is only the third-highest out of Europe's top five leagues. If it's goals you're after in your search for entertainment, the Bundesliga is currently the most prolific with a staggering average of 3.25 goals per game this season. At the other end of that spectrum, Ligue 1 is dominated by PSG and although they score a flurry of goals, the rest of the division doesn't seem to follow suit with the league average standing at 2.50.
Maybe surprisingly, Serie A has produced the second-highest goals per game ratio going into February.
One thing that can't be argued is that the Bundesliga is a definitely must-watch for neutral fans looking for matches full of goals, and it's also becoming a more competitive division with four sides legitimately challenging for a title usually dominated by Bayern. And although the Premier League is currently a one-horse race, it still delivers thrills and spills each and every week, keeping its devoted fans coming back for more and helping it retain its status as the world's favourite.
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