Where can you find the most exciting title fight in Europe?

With the English, Italian, German and Spanish leagues all but wrapped up where can you look for a more exciting close to the season?

Two superb left-foot strikes courtesy of Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic have all but ended any hope of an exciting finish to the season in a similar manner to last season’s tremendous final day drama.

Everton’s 2-0 win over Manchester City coupled with Manchester United’s scrappy 1-0 victory over managerless Reading saw The Red Devils extend their lead at the top of the table to an impressive 15 points. While being impressive the gap also seems unassailable for the incumbent Premier League champions.

So if you are a football fan who likes nothing more than to witness a neck-and-neck to the wire title fight it looks increasingly likely that the Premier League will not afford you such a luxury this season as Manchester United look on course for a 20th English league title.

So you could look to Spain for such a luxury; accept a certain team called Barcelona would not want you to do that either. The Catalan side are 13 points clear of Real Madrid and despite Los Merengues recent run of form the fact Lionel Messi has scored in 18 consecutive league games should make you realise that the Spanish league is also wrapped up.

Well the Bundesliga is fast becoming the most talked about league in Europe maybe Germany can supply some title excitement. The 20 point gap between Bayern Munich at the summit and Borussia Dortmund in second place begs to differ.

Well we can rely on Italy for drama; that’s what Italian football is all about. However teams such as Lazio and Inter have dropped away and now Napoli find themselves an ominous nine points behind Juventus who look set to retain their Scudetto championship.

So where in Europe can you find some title excitement?

St Etienne earned a draw with Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 this weekend which prevented them opening a seven point gap on Lyon. Instead a five point lead is currently in place so there are certainly no guarantees of a comfortable Parisian procession here. There are also no guarantees of any late drama.

Portugal could provide some excitement. A two horse race between Benfica and Porto sees the former currently on top with a four point lead with seven games remaining. A similar situation is evolving in Turkey where Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are battling for the tile.

The Russian Premier League was looking like being exciting at one point but CSKA Moscow are starting to pull away.

As for Greece well Olympiakos have already won the league title so no excitement over there.

So here are the leagues to keep an eye on…

The Swiss league is tight. FC Basel and Grasshopper Zurich are currently tied on 49 points at the summit of the Raiffeisen Super League.

But if you want real excitement then look no further than the Dutch Eredivisie where no fewer than four teams can seriously consider themselves in with a shout of winning the title this season.

Ajax currently lead the way but only three points separate them from surprise package Vitesse Arnhem in fourth place. PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord complete the quartet all battling for Dutch supremacy.

With fixtures such as PSV v Ajax and Feyenoord v Vitesse still to come the title is far from confirmed with seven games left and is by far the most exciting title fight left across the continent.

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