Euro Club Index: Sharp Valencia slide

Euro Club Index

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HOW IT WORKS

This season we will use the Hypercube Infostrada Euro Club Index, which scientifically analyses hundreds of thousands of matches from the top divisions in all European nations as well as Europa League and Champions League games.

The Index takes into account all matches played over an eight-year period but with recent results carrying more weight than older ones. The most recent result has 20 times more impact than a result of three years ago.

The performance of a league's teams in the Champions League and Europa League reflects the rise or fall of the sporting level in that league. So, for example, if English teams perform well in Europe, all Premier League teams receive a small bonus in their ECI score. The ranking and its predictive power are thus made even more accurate.

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Chelsea go into the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Benfica three places above the Portuguese side in the Euro Club Index.

The only Premier League side left in the competition travel to the Estadio da Luz ranked eighth in our European form guide after their 0-0 draw with Tottenham on Saturday. Benfica remain 11th after Friday's stalemate at SC Olhanense.

Manchester United stay in their long-held position of third while Arsenal's 3-0 win over Aston Villa helps them up two places to seventh, Tottenham move up one to 13th - thanks in part to Zenit St Petersburg dropping two places - and Liverpool's two defeats in a week see them drop out of the top 20 altogether, slipping from 16th to 24th.

Serie A champions AC Milan move up one place to ninth as they prepare to take on top-ranked club Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final, while Juventus' brief spell in the top 20 is ended by Lyon's return there.

Lyon's French rivals Lille are the week's biggest upward movers, shifting up three places to 16th.

Of the Spanish contingent, Barca and Real Madrid stay first and second respectively, with Real's quarter-final opponents APOEL Nicosia ranked at 75th. Valencia, however, slide down three places to 10th.

Germany's two clubs in the top 20, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, both stay put at fourth and 12th respectively, while Bayern's next European opponents Marseille remain 32nd.

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Top 20

1 (1) Barcelona - 4441 points

2 (2) Real Madrid - 4277

3 (3) Manchester United - 3723

4 (4) Bayern Munich - 3423

5 (5) Manchester City - 3419

6 (6) Porto – 3330

7 (9) Arsenal - 3307

8 (8) Chelsea - 3241

9 (10) AC Milan - 3240

10 (7) Valencia - 3236

11 (11) Benfica - 3213

12 (12) Borussia Dortmund - 3183

13 (14) Tottenham – 3073

14 (15) Shakhtar Donetsk - 3068

15 (13) Zenit St Petersburg - 3090

16 (19) Lille - 3022

17 (17) PSV - 3008

18 (20) Ajax - 2997

19 (18) Atletico Madrid – 2995

20 (22) Lyon - 2989

Other Spanish clubs in top 100

26 (36) Sevilla – 2917

29 (34) Athletic Bilbao – 2900

47 (52) Osasuna – 2687

51 (56) Villarreal – 2680

54 (58) Malaga – 2672

57 (60) Getafe – 2621

62 (66) Mallorca – 2562

67 (64) Espanyol – 2523

83 (84) Levante – 2432

98 (96) Racing Santander – 2321

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