In European football it's often said that the league leaders at Christmas will triumph at the end of the season.
As a season nears the half-way point, teams find themselves gunning for glory, battling against relegation or trying to force their way out of mid-table obscurity.
Lazio are sat fourth in Serie A, Tottenham are placed fifth in the Premier League and Villareal currently occupy third spot in La Liga.
Each team is only a few points from top spot in their respective countries and a strong push in the next few games could propel them into a strong title-chasing position for the second half of the season.
Hoffenheim in Germany, Feyenoord in the Netherlands and Newcastle in England are all in mid-table and looking to build on solid starts and maybe push fora European place come the season's end.
The next few weeks will set the tone for the rest of the campaign and winning becomes more important during the hectic English schedule, and the European winter break.
We're at a decisive point in the season, how do you think your team will get on over the coming weeks?