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Lewis Ambrose

Hit and miss: The best and worst teams in Europe’s top leagues


It's the second international break of the season and, by now, we can start to talk about which sides to look out for this season and which sides are in big trouble.

We’ve taken a look at the top five European leagues to find out who you should watch, who you should avoid, who’s out of their depth and who’s walking their leagues.

WARNING: Some leagues may contain surprises.


Premier League

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Most goals scored

  • Manchester City: 21
  • Arsenal: 19

Fewest goals scored

  • Cardiff: 4
  • Huddersfield: 4

Most goals conceded

  • Fulham: 21
  • Huddersfield/Cardiff: 17

Fewest goals conceded

  • Manchester City: 3
  • Liverpool: 3

What does this mean?

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Fulham games have seen 30 goals in 8 games. If you haven’t been watching them, why not? Change that immediately.

Manchester City are predictably dominant at both ends of the pitch, while things look ominous for Cardiff and Huddersfield.


LaLiga

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Most goals scored

  • Barcelona: 19
  • Sevilla: 18

Fewest goals scored

  • Betis: 5
  • Getafe/Valencia/Villarreal: 6

Most goals conceded

  • Huesca: 18
  • Rayo Vallecano: 15

Fewest goals conceded

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  • Atlético Madrid: 4
  • Betis/Real Valladolid: 6

What does this mean?

Wait, where are Real Madrid? That’s right, they probably should have replaced Cristiano Ronaldo.

Atlético Madrid’s defence is as tight as expected while the eight games involving Real Betis, surprisingly, have seen just 11 goals so far.


Serie A

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Most goals scored

  • Juventus: 18
  • Roma: 16

Fewest goals scored

  • Frosinone: 3
  • Bologna: 4

Most goals conceded

  • Frosinone: 21
  • Chievo: 19

Fewest goals conceded

  • Sampdoria: 4
  • Juventus: 5

What does this mean?

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Oh hey, Juventus are good at attacking AND defending. Maybe they’ll even win Serie A for once.

Frosinone are clearly hopeless at both ends, combining the worst attack in Europe with the joint-worst defence.

As for Sampdoria, they really can defend and it’s propelled them to the fight for a European spot.


Bundesliga

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Most goals scored

  • Borussia Dortmund: 23
  • RB Leipzig: 16

Fewest goals scored

  • Mainz: 4
  • Schalke: 5

Most goals conceded

  • Nürnberg: 16
  • Hannover: 14

Fewest goals conceded

  • Mainz: 4
  • Hertha BSC: 7

What does this mean?

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Four goals scored, four conceded. Don’t ever watch Mainz.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have neither the best attack in Germany, nor the best defence. Is a shock Bundesliga title race about to develop?

Spare a thought for poor Nürnberg, who only conceded three goals in six games but shipped 13 in away games against Dortmund and Leipzig.


Ligue 1

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Most goals scored

  • PSG: 32
  • Marseille: 21

Fewest goals scored

  • Reims: 4
  • Guingamp: 6

Most goals conceded

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  • Guingamp: 18
  • Marseille/Nantes/Nimes 16

Fewest goals conceded

  • PSG: 6
  • Lille/Montpellier: 7

What does this mean?

It means PSG have already won the league. They’ve scored at least three in every league game so far and their matches feature over 4.2 goals per game. Phwoar.

Also near the top: look out for Marseille. Their games also see over four goals scored on average – the only other team in Europe where that’s the case – and they’s much more evenly spread out between scoring and conceding. Perfect for the neutral.

At the other end of the table, Guingamp are screwed.