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Lowdown on all things soccer

There is really no other way to begin this week’s round-up than to applaud Liverpool Football Club, which is edging ever closer to something really special.

They are currently 22 points ahead of Manchester City (second), which is already three more than the biggest-ever league-winning margin. At the time of writing, they were 42 games unbeaten, the record standing at 49.

The stat that will please the supporters even more is the fact that they are currently a massive 38 points ahead of Manchester United.

In The Championship (English second division), things are a lot closer with West Bromwich Albion on top with 56 points followed by Leeds United on 55 and then Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Bristol City just a few points adrift.

The draw for the FA Cup fifth round has been completed and the most exciting tie sees Derby County up against Manchester United, with the evergreen 34-year-old Wayne Rooney coming up against his former club.

What an incredible career it has been for the former Evertonian, who was bought by United for a huge £27 million fee 16 years ago!

In Spain, the 17-year-old Ansu Fati scored twice for Barcelona in a 2-1 win over Levante, which leaves them three points behind Real Madrid. It seems this young talent is already making a big name for himself in La Liga.

In the Italian Serie A things are also hotting up, with Juventus leading Inter Milan by three points and Lazio a further two behind with a game in hand. This could well end up being a surprising three horse race as opposed to the expected comfortable Juventus canter to the title.

In Germany things are also tight with Bayern leading RB Leipzig by a single point and Dortmund a further two points behind.

On the local scene, Kaizer Chiefs are still sitting pretty on 45 points, but their nearest rivals, Orlando Pirates, have finally started to get their season on track and are nine points behind with the Soweto Derby to come on Saturday 29 February. Sundowns and SuperSport United are also lurking just behind, waiting for a slip up.

In the NFD, Ajax Cape Town still lead the way on 39 points followed by Uthongathi (36) and Swallows (34). This promotion chase certainly still has plenty of twists and turns to come.

An interesting fact for the week, comes in the match between Bournemouth and Aston Villa, where the Villa goalscorer, Mbwana Samatta, became the first Tanzanian to score in the EPL.

That’s all folks, until next time when I’m sure to have more on the commencement of the amateur leagues.

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