Man Utd faring well – above Chelsea – in European form table…

Date published: Wednesday 12th January 2022 8:26 - Ian Watson

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For all the talk of Man Utd being rubbish, they’re ticking along quite nicely in the European form table. And not many sides can claim a better defensive record.

Here’s the form table over the last 10 matches in all competitions for teams in Europe’s top five leagues… 

 

1) Manchester City – 27 points
W9 D0 L 1
F31 A9
GD +22
Current position: Top of the Premier League

Defeat to RB Leipzig in an inconsequential Champions League game is the only blot on City’s record in the last 10 games. It’s going quite well.

 

2) Inter Milan – 27 points
W9 D0 L1
F24 A5
GD +19
Current position: Top of Serie A

Defending champions Inter returned to the top of Serie A in recent weeks, with a final group matchday defeat at Real Madrid their only defeat. The goal they conceded to Lazio on Sunday ended a run of six domestic clean sheets. 

 

3) Real Madrid – 25 points
W8 D1 L1
F18 A5
GD +13
Current position: Top of La Liga

Real top La Liga despite being held by Cadiz and beaten by Getafe either side of the winter break. 

 

4) Sevilla – 25 points
W8 D1 L1
F17 A9
GD +8
Current position: 2nd in La Liga

Sevilla trail Real by five points but retain a 10-point cushion on third-placed Real Betis after five consecutive league wins.

 


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5) Bayern Munich – 24 points
W8 D0 L2
F24 A9
GD +15
Current position: Top of Bundesliga

Suffered a surprise defeat at home to Borussia Monchengladbach last Friday upon the Bundesliga’s resumption. 

 

6) Montpellier – 24 points
W8 D0 L2
F17 A5
GD +12
Current position: 5th in Ligue 1

Winning their last six games in all competitions has seen Montpellier climb to a season high of fifth place in Ligue 1. 

 

7) Hoffenheim – 23 points
W7 D2 L1
F26 A13
GD +13
Current position: 3rd in Bundesliga

Hoffenheim are winning the battle to come third behind Bayern and Dortmund after going seven without defeat in Bundesliga. 

 

8) Liverpool – 23 points
W7 D2 L1
F27 A16
GD +11
Current position: 3rd in the Premier League

The Reds haven’t won for three Premier League games. Klopp out. 

 

9) Villarreal – 22 points
W7 D1 L2
F36 A11
GD +25
Current position: 8th in La Liga

No team in Europe’s top five leagues have scored as many as Villarreal in the last 10 games. City are the next highest scorers with five fewer. 

 

10) Marseille – 22 points
W7 D1 L2
F17 A8
GD +9
Current position: 3rd in Ligue 1

OM currently sit third, level on points with second-placed Nice, having not left the top five all season.

 

11) Stade Brest – 22 points
W7 D1 L2
F28 A23
GD +5
Current position: 13th in Ligue 1

Brest were second-bottom on matchday 10 and 10th seven games later before dropping slightly to their current position. 

 

12) Monaco – 21 points
W6 D3 L1
F18 A8
GD +10
Current position: 7th in Ligue 1

Monaco have only lost once in their last 10 but their inconsistency means they are yet to crack the top five this season.

 

13) Lille – 21 points
W6 D3 L1
F22 A15
GD +7
Current position: 10th in Ligue 1

The champions are plodding along around mid-table in Ligue 1 but they have secured a last-16 place in the Champions League.

 

14) Manchester United – 21 points
W6 D3 L1
F14 A7
GD +7
Current position: 7th in the Premier League

For all the talk of United’s defence being sh*te, only three sides in Europe’s top five leagues have conceded fewer goals in the last 10 matches. Which almost certainly has more to do with David De Gea remembering how to keep goal than their back four being any good. 

 

 

15) Chelsea – 20 points
W5 D5 L0
F22 A11
GD +11
Current position: 2nd in the Premier League

Unbeaten. But that’s a lot of draws. Something is not quite right.

 

16) Atalanta – 20 points
W6 D2 L2
F27 A17
GD +10
Current position: 4th in Serie A

Atalanta could go above Napoli into third if they win their game in hand but for now, they are keeping Juve at bay in the race for a Champions League spot. 

 

17) Eintracht Frankfurt – 20 points
W6 D2 L2
F22 A15
GD +7
Current position: 8th in Bundesliga

Frankfurt won only one of their first nine Bundesliga games before their recent form pulled them away from the relegation battle into the race for a European spot. The weekend defeat to Dortmund was a p*sser, though. 

 

18) Tottenham – 20 points
W6 D2 L2
F17 A10
GD +7
Current position: 6th in the Premier League

Antonio Conte, that.

 

19) Valencia – 20 points
W6 D2 L2
F19 A14
GD +5
Current position: 10th in La Liga

Los Che started the La Liga season superbly, then fell off a cliff, recovered, and are now wobbling again having lost their last two.

 

20) Rayo Vallecano – 20 points
W6 D2 L2
F17 A12
GD +5
Current position: 7th in La Liga

Vallecano are nothing if not inconsistent. They haven’t won, drawn or lost consecutively in La Liga for the last 13 matches.

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