Europe’s big five leagues are still very much in their early stages, but there are some clubs who are already punching above their relative weights.
Here are five teams who have made a blistering start to this term.
5. FC Nantes (Ligue 1)
The last term saw Les Canaris achieve their first top-half finish for 14 years and, with 16 points from their eight league games this season; are level on points with third-placed Marseille.
That position of fourth is down to a six-match unbeaten run achieved following successive losses against Lille and Les Olympians and; if Ranieri’s Foxe’s spell has told us anything, it’s not to write him or his charges off when it comes to upsetting the apple cart.
4. SM Caen (Ligue 1)
SM Caen is pulling up trees and shocking football fans across Europe with their current 5th placed position.
15 points from eight games have been chalked up; including big victories over Lille and Rennes; thanks to a steely backline that has only conceded three league goals in the opening two months of this campaign
3. Burnley (Premier League)
2. Hannover 96 (Bundesliga)
Hannover’s fourth-placed finish in 2010/11 stunned German football, but their fall from grace following that marvellous achievement was nothing short of disastrous. The HDI-Arena based club are back in the big time after relegation to Bundesliga.2 in 2015/16, however, and currently; sit in fifth with 12 points from seven fixtures.
Die Roten suffered their first league defeat of the season against Gladbach before the international break so it’ll be interesting to see how they recover from that setback.
Los Legionarios secured a first-ever promotion to La Liga in their 89-year history in 2015/16; defied all the odds to stave off relegation with a 17th-place finish last season.
Currently sitting in seventh with 11 points from seven games; Leganes find themselves only three points behind world-famous Real Madrid; boast a super ‘goals against’ column which is only bettered by Barcelona.