This may be of some comfort to Charlton as they battle to keep their place in England’s second tier but the Championship is the most competitive league in Europe, according to our calculations.

The Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga – they’ve all got nothing on the Championship.

An average of just 17.6 points have separated the teams to have finished first and sixth over the last five seasons.

That’s a smaller difference than in the Premier League, the Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A over the same period.

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The worst of these leagues in terms of competitiveness is Spain’s La Liga.

A massive 38.2 points have separated the teams in first and sixth in the Spanish top tier on average over the last five seasons.

Just 12 points separated first placed Bournemouth and sixth placed Ipswich last season, making it the tightest season in all of the leagues in question.

By contrast the 2011-12 La Liga season saw a whopping 45 points stand between first placed Real Madrid and sixth placed Levante – the largest difference across the five major leagues over the last five seasons.

League of leagues

League: average points between first and sixth

La Liga: 38.2

Bundesliga: 32.4

Serie A: 28.4

Premier League: 23.0

Ligue 1: 22.8

Championship: 17.6