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What is the most entertaining league in Europe right now?

RVP and Messi have been in fine form. (©GettyImages)
RVP and Messi have been in fine form. (©GettyImages).

In which of Europe's most prominent leagues can one expect to see the most goals per game on average? With Manchester United and Barcelona both plundering the goals so far this season, the Premier League and La Liga would surely be decent bets.

Manchester United have been the most potent Premier League this season, with 54 goals in 21 games meaning Sir Alex Ferguson's side have scored, on average, 2.57 times in each of their league outings.

Barcelona, meanwhile, have been even more ruthless in front of goal, with 61 goals scored in only 18 matches - an average of 3.39 - and of which Lionel Messi has accounted for 27.

The Premier League is on course to break its scoring records for the third successive season, however, as revealed by SportingIntelligence, England and Spain rank only sixth and fifth respectively when it comes to goals scored in each game.

Europe's leading league is, in fact, the Eredivisie with some 0.25 more goals being scored in each game in the Netherlands compared to those in England.

The Dutch top-flight has clocked-up an impressive 505 goals in the 162 games during 2012/13, with leaders PSV Eindhoven finding the net 60 times in their 18 matches this season.

PSV have scored 18 more goals than any team in the division - Ajax have 42 - but despite their impressive form in the penalty box, are not the outright leaders, with Twente also on points.

But when PSV have won, they have won big; scoring five or more times in a single match six times this season, while they also posted 14-0 aggregate win against Zeta in the Europa League in August.

Placed second behind the Eredivisie in terms of goals per game this season is the Austrian Bundesliga, which has averaged 3.10 strikes in its 99 games since the beginning of the campaign.

Austrian Wien, the league leaders, are the leading scorers with 48, but second-placed Salzburg have scored only one goal fewer from their 20 matches.

Belgium's Pro League is the only other of Europe's top-flights to break the three goals per game barrier - 3.09 - and the German Bundesliga is first of the 'big four' to enter into the list, in fourth position.

Bayern Munich have a tally of 44 goals scored in their 17 games - while they have conceded a miserly seven - and the overall Bundesliga average is 2.90 - the same as Denmark, although fewer goals have been scored in the Superliga.

Next comes La Liga (2.88) then the Premier League (2.87), with the English top division having seen more goals than any other this term (597).

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