How many points are needed for a league title? Why 90 doesn’t cut it in the PL anymore

How many points are needed for a league title? After several seasons of repeat winners, a number of top leagues saw far greater competition last term.

In the Premier League, Arsenal ran Manchester City close. In the Bundesliga, Dortmund let the league slip away on the final day. But in Italy, the story was very different, as Napoli won their first Serie A title since the days of Diego Maradona.

Theirs was by far the most resounding, with nobody coming near them, thanks mainly to Victor Osimhen, who we've backed to translate his club form onto the international scene at the upcoming AFCON finals.

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How many points are needed for a league title in each of Europe's top five leagues on average?

As the most powerful clubs have pulled away, the points haul of winners have slowly ticked upwards over time, so to calculate our averages, we’ll only be using the last ten years of data. Here’s how many you need to win in each league.

How many points do you need to win the Premier League?

The average points tally of a Premier League winning campaign over the last decade is 91.2 points. However, there is a considerable caveat to this.

The Premier League truly has a pre- and post-Pep Guardiola era. Since the Manchester City boss arrived in England, the number of points accumulated by winners is an eye-watering 94m uch has City’s dominance been. Liverpool got 97 points in 2018/19, yet still couldn’t beat Pep’s men to the title. Long gone are the days of the 1990s, when a tally in the low 80s would all but guarantee success.

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How many points do you need to win Ligue 1?

In the last ten campaigns, to lift the Ligue 1 trophy, clubs need to accumulate an average of 89 points

PSG are of course the most dominant force in French football, but do not actually hold the highest tally in this period. That honour goes to AS Monaco, who won the title with an incredible 95 points in 2016/17, with a side that featured Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar, Falcao, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva.

How many points do you need to win Serie A?

Since 2013/14, an average of 91.6 points have been won by Serie A champions.

This high average is largely due to Juventus’ dominance of the 2010s. The Old Lady won nine in a row between 2011/12 and 2019/20, with their dominance only being broken by Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan in 2020/21. 

The Bianconeri captured an enormous 102 points in the 2017/18 season, the highest tally of any side in Europe’s top five leagues in the last decade.

Bayern win Bundesliga
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How many points do you need to win the Bundesliga?

Xabi Alonso‘s Bayer Leverkusen may lead the Bundesliga right now, but this question should really be ‘how many points do Bayern Munich get on average?’ The Bavarians have won every title since Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund won it in 2011/12.

The Bundesliga’s average tally in the last decade is much lower at 72.5 points, but this is because of the shorter 34-game season the Germans have. The highest total in that period is 90, when the aforementioned Guardiola guided Bayern to unprecedented levels of domination.

How many points do you need to win La Liga?

The average points tally needed to capture La Liga over the last decade is 89.5 points

However, this average largely falls on the shoulders of earlier seasons, as no side has reached 90 points since Barcelona’s 93 in 2017/18, which should encourage plucky Girona, who currently sit atop La Liga.

La Liga’s high water-mark for points tallies was during the peak of Barcelona and Real Madrid’s fierce rivalry in the early 2010s, as Jose Mourinho won 100 points during 2011/12. Not to be outdone, Barcelona matched their tally the following season.

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William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.