The Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga titles are all but decided, so if you're after a nail-biting finish, head east
Last season gave us "Sergio AGUEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"; this season gives us Zs. The Premier League title race has been over since Manchester City dozed through a 3-1 defeat at Southampton in early February. At that moment, the remainder of Manchester United's campaign became an exercise in bureaucratic housekeeping. And England is far from alone in suffering from a sense of anticlimax, as the title run-ins in most European top flights carry all the unpredictability of a medieval show trial.
Barcelona are untouchable in Spain, Bayern Munich are lording it over the Bundesliga and only the sudden outbreak of a trademark scandal could possibly stop Juventus from winning Serie A. In France, where last season Montpellier won the title on the final day, cash-laden Paris Saint-Germain have turned top spot into their own private VIP section, while in Scotland even Celtic appear bored by their own inevitable coronation.
It is the same story in Wales and Northern Ireland, where The New Saints and Cliftonville have already been crowned champions, just like Olympiacos in Greece. FC Copenhagen are well clear in Denmark, as are Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia, Steaua Bucharest in Romania and Austria Wien in you know where, and the suspense in the hitherto intriguing Dutch league dwindled considerably last weekend when Ajax prevailed 3-2 at PSV Eindhoven. So where, oh where might we find a grand finale?
We could try Belgium, perhaps. The culmination of the season could yet prove nail-biting, albeit after prolonged head-scratching by anyone not familiar with the elaborate play-off system in the Jupiler Pro league.
Anderlecht finished four points clear of Zulte Waregem after the 30-match regular season, but both sides have made stuttering starts to their play-off section, which is comprised of the top six teams from the regular season, each of whom begins the play-offs with only half the points they amassed during the previous 30 matches (for the real fun, check out how they attribute the last Europa League spot).
Between them they have managed only one win from eight play-off games, allowing Standard Liège to surge from sixth to second place, four points behind Anderlecht.
If that play-off system grabs you, then you might like to follow the denouement of the Maltese Premier League, where the team who finished top in the regular season, Valletta, are virtually out of the running, having been overtaken by Hibernians and Birkirkara, the latter enjoying a two-point lead in first place with three matches to go and a favourable run-in.
If it's a cataclysmic showdown you're after, then the Portuguese league could be for you. Benfica and Porto are still unbeaten after 25 matches each, with the Lisbon side four points clear. If Benfica drop a couple over the coming weeks, perhaps owing to their Europa League exploits, the meeting between the pair in Porto on 12 May, the second-last weekend of the season, will be capital.
Speaking of which, the Serbian capital will be the place to turn to the following week, when Partizan and Red Star Belgrade meet in a duel that could determine the destiny of the title – Partizan are four points clear of their city rivals with seven matches left.
Over in Buglaria, Ludogorets Razgrad are on course to follow up last season's maiden title, but, as with last term, may have to wait until the final day to clinch it, being only two points ahead of the team whom they toppled in last season's sensational climax, Levski Sofia.
For a real neck-and-neck race we must head to the Czech Republic, where Viktoria Plzen and Sparta Prague are jostling at the summit on exactly the same number of points, separated by two goals with seven matches to go. They do not have to face each other again – having won their home games 1-0 earlier in the season.
Plzen seem to have the tricker run-in, with their next match against Marila Pribram, who surprisingly beat them earlier in the season, and the following one against the team in (distant) third, Baumit Jablonec, who have recently beaten them home and away in the cup. So then, Jablonec v Plzen on 27 April. It has come to this.