Shakhtar Donetsk unstoppable

An unstoppable force, an immovable mass is Ukraine side Shakhtar Donetsk, summing 42 points from 14 games - a maximum of 14 straight victories, the latest victim being Zaporizhya (2-0). 41 goals scored, 6 conceded, a goal difference of plus 35. What a team! In Champions League week, some teams have made their mark felt.

Premier League 10 games

Manchester United (24  points), Chelsea FC (23) and Manchester City (22) lead the Premier League. United took advantage of the only win in the pack at the top, beating Arsenal 2-1 at Old Trafford. Chelsea drew 1-1 at Swansea, Manchester City got a point with a goalless draw at West Ham United

La Liga 10 games

Three cities, four clubs fight it out at the top of La Liga. Barcelona remain top after beating Celta 3-1. No Messi this time, on 28 points, three ahead of Club Atlético de Madrid (0-2 losers at Valencia), in turn five ahead of its arch rival, José Mourinho's Real Madrid (which despatched Zaragoza 4-0). Real Bétis Balompié (Seville) follows on 19 points after beating Getafe 4-2 away.

 Serie A 11 games

Juventus leads, Inter and Napoli exchange places. Juve (28 points) lost 3-1 at home to Inter Milan (27) and Napoli (23 points) slipped back after drawing 1-1 at home with Torino. Inter looks ominously good at present.

Bundesliga 10 games

It is still Bayern (27), Schalke 04 (20) and Eintracht Frankfurt (20) at the top pf the Bundesliga. Bayern came away 3-0 winners at Hamburg; Schalke went down 3-2 at Hoffenheim and Eintracht had a home draw 1-1 with Fürth. At the beginning of November, Bayern already looks like the Champion.

Ligue 1 11 games

PSG (1-2 against St. Étienne) in top spot with 22 points, equal with Marseille (2-0 winner at Ajaccio) and both one ahead of Olympique Lyonnais (5-2 against Bastia)

Russian Premier League 14 games

CSKA Moskva (33), Anzhi (32) and Zenit St. Petersburg (30). CSKA won the local Moscow derby a gainst Lokomotiv at home, 2-1; Anzhi received Terek Grozny (3-1) and Zenit 2 Rostov 1.

Portuguese Premier League 8 games

FC Porto leapfrog ahead of Benfica on goal difference after winning 5-0 against Marítimo, while Benfica won at home against Vitória Guimarães, 3-0. Both teams have 20 points. SC Braga is third with 17 points after beating Gil Vicente 3-1. Sporting Clube de Portugal is nowhere to be seen as yet.

Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), 14 games, 14 victories, 42 points.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey


Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey