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Europe's most striking successes

Published: Friday 10 December 2010, 12.00CET
As the year nears an end, profiles the top-scoring teams in Europe's domestic leagues with PSV Eindhoven and FC Barcelona playing catch-up behind some mighty minnows.
Europe's most striking successes
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Published: Friday 10 December 2010, 12.00CET

Europe's most striking successes

As the year nears an end, profiles the top-scoring teams in Europe's domestic leagues with PSV Eindhoven and FC Barcelona playing catch-up behind some mighty minnows.

Having previously examined the last unbeaten sides, salutes the top-scoring teams in Europe's domestic leagues, four of whom are due in action this weekend, while the other three enjoy a well-deserved winter break. Follow the scores from across Europe throughout the weekend live with's MatchCentre.

Luxembourg: F91 Dudelange (winter break)
Having seen a run of five straight title successes end last season, Dudelange are back with a monstrous bang this season, going into the winter break 16 points clear at the top of the table with 55 goals in 15 games; an average of 3.66r goals per game. That average would not have been so impressive, however, had they not won 15-0 against FC Wiltz 71 in their penultimate game of the autumn. Ominous stuff.

Wales: Port Talbot Town FC v The New Saints FC (Saturday, 15.30)
Mike Davies's TNS may be staring at a 12-point deficit behind Welsh Premier League leaders Bangor City FC, but in one respect his charges rule the roost. They have scored 47 goals to Bangor's 46 to ensure a spectacular start to the newly slimmed-down Welsh top flight. TNS have plundered an average of 3.36 goals in their 14 league fixtures so far and this weekend face Port Talbot, beaten 8-1 by Bangor last week and 6-1 when they last crossed paths with TNS in September.

"TNS have good strikers and the advantage of playing on an artificial surface which, if anything, seems even quicker this season," said Bangor manager Neville Powell, whose own team boast an average of 3.29 strikes per league assignment. "The new format has also encouraged attacking play as teams aim to get into the top six before the league splits in two in January."

Netherlands: De Graafschap v PSV Eindhoven (Saturday, 20.45)
PSV may have to share top spot with FC Twente at the halfway stage of the Eredivisie campaign, but their prolific goalscoring feats thus far could prove the difference in the end. Fred Rutten's men have struck 50 times in 17 outings – 2.94 goals per game – and memorably reached double figures during their record 10-0 victory against Feyenoord. PSV's strength seems to be no dependence on any single player: Ola Toivonen leads the way with 11, but Balázs Dzsudzsák has registered nine times, Jonathan Reis eight and Ibrahim Afellay six. "Competition is huge and that's why we are always eager to score the next goal," Rutten said.

Spain: Real Sociedad de Fútbol v FC Barcelona (Sunday, 21.00)
Thanks to the quick passing and attacking philosophy now synonymous with the club, Liga leaders Barça continue to set the standard in Spain. Having hit the target 41 times in their opening 14 league matches – at an average of 2.93 goals per game – Josep Guardiola's side have managed six more than at the same stage last term, with Lionel Messi contributing 15 alone. "There are some really good players around these days but he's head and shoulders above the rest," Guardiola said of his Argentina forward. "In reality there are no words to describe him; you have to see him in action. Watching him is the best sensation there is."

Serbia: FK Partizan (winter break)
Partizan may have departed the UEFA Champions League without a point but their dominant form in their bid for a fourth straight Serbian title is shown by the fact that second-placed FK Crvena Zvezda have just appointed their fourth coach of the season. After beginning with five straight wins, Partizan were held 0-0 by FK Sloboda Sevojno and lost 2-0 at FK Vojvodina but since then have not dropped a point in eight league games, scoring five in their last two and four in the pair of fixtures before that. They have totalled 41 goals in 15 games, an average of 2.73, and lead their Belgrade rivals by five points.

Denmark: FC København (winter break)
Through to the UEFA Champions League round of 16, Ståle Solbakken's side are enjoying a startlingly good season. København are regular favourites to win the Superliga, but the manner of their dominance has set new records – they have dropped just six points in an undefeated autumn campaign and lie 19 points clear at the top of the rankings. Their average of 2.63 goals per league encounter shows how their rock-solid defence has bred confidence elsewhere, with forwards César Santin and Dame N'Doye having scored 13 apiece. Canadian international Atiba Hutchinson, who left FCK for PSV in the summer, noted: "They are extremely well organised and very good in attack."

Czech Republic: FC Viktoria Plžen (winter break)
Having racked up 43 goals in 17 games – including ten for top marksman Jan Rezek – Plžen are the surprise package to end all surprise packages in the Czech league, boasting an average of 2.53 strikes per game. Led by Pavel Vrba, last season's Czech Cup winners have been ultra-attacking from the off, with the coach who led MŠK Žilina to the 2006/07 Slovak title explaining: "We get the ball to the quick players and attack from the back." An 11-game winning streak helped the team – marshalled by 35-year-old captain and playmaker Pavel Horváth – rocket to the top of the table, and a maiden title now lies in sight. Incredible, given that their fifth-placed finish last term was an all-time high.

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