Thursday October 1 2015
Italy co-efficient closing on England

Italy continue to close the gap on England in the race for a fourth Champions League spot.

Serie A sides currently have only the top two entering the Champions League group phase directly, plus a third that goes into a preliminary round.

The Premier League has the top three straight into the groups and a fourth into the play-offs.

In order for Italy to take that fourth place off the Premier League for the 2017-18 campaign, they needed to chip away at the co-efficient.

So far, so good, as this week in Europe Italian teams won four and lost one (Roma at BATE Borisov), whereas the Premier League sides won two, drew two and lost two.

The updated co-efficient has England on 66.409 and Italy 62.939.

This week’s results allowed Italy to chip away 0.584 from England’s lead.

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