Stat Attack (Weekend Review)

The title race in England and Spain appears to be over after respective dominant displays from Manchester City and Barcelona while the race in Italy might be down to two teams, Napoli and Juventus, after the latest Matchday.

Let’s take a look at the latest Matchday in England, Spain and Italy in numbers.

English Premier League:

13 – League leaders Manchester City have moved 13 points clear at the top of the table after city rivals and nearest challengers Manchester United dropped points at Leicester City in a two-all draw. The points gap is a Premier League record at Christmas.

17 – Manchester City have now won 17 successive games with their latest victory over Bournemouth at home (four-nil).

36 – Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane netted a hattrick in his side’s three-nil win at Burnley to take his calendar year goal tally in the Premier League to 36 thus equalling former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker’s record.

46 – Harry Kane’s hattrick in the Burnley win also took his club goals tally in this calendar year to 46, which is more than any other player in the Premier League.

50 – Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy netted the opening goal in his side’s two-all draw with Manchester United at the King Power Stadium. His latest strike takes his tally to 50 goals in the Premier League.

101 – Argentine striker Sergio Aguero aided his Manchester City side to a dominant victory over Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium with a brace that took his goal tally at the venue to 101.

Spanish La Liga:

3 – League leaders Barcelona have now won 3 successive matches at Real Madrid for the first time in their history following the latest success, a three-nil win.

4 – Villareal produced another impressive performance for a one-nil win at the Mestalla against hosts and rivals Valencia to further dent their unlikely title bid. The Yellow Submarines are now unbeaten in their last 4 visits to the match venue.

15 – Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi again proved to be Real Madrid’s nemesis in the El Clasico after he scored and produced an influential performance to aid his team to an emphatic three-nil win. The goal took his tally to 15 at the match venue, Estadio Santiago Bernebeu.

Italian Serie A:

7 – Atalanta further compounded AC Milan woes under new manager Gennaro Gattuso following a two-nil win away at the San Siro to take their unbeaten run to 7 games in all competitions.

116 – Napoli captain Marek Hamsik scored the winning goal to ensure that his side ended Christmas at the top following a three-two win over stubborn Sampdoria at home. The goal was a significant one as it made the Slovakian the record goalscorer (116 goals) after moving ahead of club legend Diego Maradona.