Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Transfer deadline closes: How they stand

How do the leagues stand as the transfer deadline closes? Tomorrow we bring you the latest deals; today, the leagues where they play. A super race is on in the Bundesliga with four clubs chasing the title and one point separating them; in Spain, Mourinho looks more and more like Campeón! The Russian league gets ready to open...
 
England Premier League
This week the English Premier League programme was interrupted by the FA Cup fourth round.
 

 

 

English Premier League after 22 games
1. Manchester City 54
2. Manchester United 51 
3. Tottenham  46 
4. Chelsea FC 41 
5. Arsenal 36 
6. Newcastle United 36
7. Liverpool FC 35
Bolton 2 - Swansea 1; West Bromwich Albion 1 - Norwich City 2; QPR 0 - Chelsea FC 1; Blackpool 1 - Sheffield Wednesday 1; Derby County 0 - Stoke City 2; Leicester City 2 - Swindon Town 0: Millwall 1 - Southampton 1; Sheffield United 0 - Birmingham City 4; Stevenage 1 - Notts County 0; Watford 0 - Tottenham 1; Everton 2 - Fulham 1; Sunderland 1 - Middlesbrough 1; Liverpool 2 - Manchester United 1; Brighton and Hove Albion 1 - Newcastle United 0; Hull City 0 Crawley Town 1; Arsenal 3 - Aston Villa 2.
 
Spain - Primera Liga
A won for Real and a draw for Barcelona puts Mourinho's team seven points clear at the top of the Spanish Primera Liga. A draw for Valencia and a defeat for Levante means the pack closes tighter behind the top two, with Real threatening to fade away into the distance. Real Madrid had no problem in beating Zaragoza 3-1 at home while Barcelona was held 0-0 at Villarreal. Valencia drew 2-2 at Racing Santander while rivals Levante suffered a home defeat 1-2 to Getafe. Athletic (Bilbao) beat Rayo Vallecano 3-2 away and Atlético beat Osasuna in Pamplona 1-0.
 
Spanish Primera Liga after 20 games 
1. Real Madrid 52
2. FC Barcelona 45
3. Valencia CF 36  
4. Levante UD 31 
5. RCD Espanyol 31
6. Athletic Club (Bilbao) 29
7. Club Atlético de Madrid 29
 
 
Italy - Serie A
Wins for Juventus and AC Milan means that the two teams are locked in combat for the Italian title after 20 games with Udinese losing all three points. Lazio pulls up into fourth while Inter, AS Roma and Napoli all lost points.
Juve beat Udinese 2-1 at home, AC Milan beat Cagliari 3-0 at home and Lazio had a useful 3-0 away win at Chievo. Inter Milan went down at Lecce 1-0, Roma drew 0-0 with Bologna, Genoa beat Napoli 3-2.
 
Italian Serie A after 20 games 
1. Juventus 44
2. AC Milan 43
3. Udinese Calcio 38
4. SS Lazio 33
5. Inter Milan 35
6. AS Roma 31 (19 games)
7. SSC Napoli 29
 
Germany - Bundesliga
Wins for the top three, neck and neck in this exciting Bundesliga title race. Fourth placed Moenchengladbach also won and Bremen and Leverkusen lost ground. It is a four-horse race in Germany.
Bayern Munich beat Wolfsburg at home 2-0, Borussia Dortmund won 3-1 at home against Hoffenheim and Schalke thrashed Koln 4-1 away while Borussia Moenchengladbach came away from Stuttgart with three points, winning 3-0. Bremen and Leverkusen drew 1-1 and Hannover beat Nuernberg 1-0.

German Bundesliga after 19 games 
1. FC Bayern Munchen 40
2. Borussia Dortmund 40
3. FC Schalke 04 40
4. VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach 39
5. Werder Bremen 31    
6. Bayer 04 Leverkusen 30
7. Hannover 96 27
 
Portugal - Primeira Liga
A win for Benfica and a defeat for FC Porto leaves the Lisbon Red Devils 5 points clear.
Braga keeps up the pressure three points behind FC Porto.
Benfica went to Feirense to win 2-1 and claim a valuable bonus of three points, while FC Porto went down 3-1 at Gil Vicente. SC Braga beat Marítimo (Madeira) 2-1, while SC Portugal had an easy home win 2-0 against Beira-Mar. Vitória SC beat Nacional (Madeira) 1-0 and Olhanense won 3-2 at Vitória (Setúbal).
 
Primeira Liga after 17 games
1. SL Benfica 45
2. FC Porto 40 
3. SC Braga 37
4. SC Portugal 32   
5. CS Marítimo 29 
6. Vitória SC (Guimarães) 23
7. SC Olhanense 21
 
France - Ligue 1
PSG, Montpellier, Lille, Lyon and Marseille won at the top of La Ligue. PSG went to Brest and won 1-0; Montpellier had the same result at Nice; Lille beat Saint-Étienne 3-0; Lyon beat Dijon 3-1 and Marseille came away from Rennes with three points, after winning 2-1. Toulouse beat Caen 1-0

French Ligue 1 after 21 games 
1. Paris Saint-Germain FC 43
2. Montpellier Hérault 43
3. LOSC Lille Métropole 39 
4. Olympique Lyonnais 38
5. Olympique de Marseille 37
6. Stade Rennais 35
7. Toulouse FC 34
 
Russian Premier League - Final standings (League closed for winter)
 
Russian Premier League after 30 games
1. FC Zenit St. Petersburg 61
2. PFC CSKA Moskva 59
3. FC Dinamo Moskva 55
4. FC Spartak Moskva 53
5. FC Lokomotiv Moskva 53
 
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
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