Monaco , Hamburg and Espanyol hard to see who could challenge them, except that PSV, Lazio and Spartak already are..
There are 3 clear leaders statistically in this Division that is the melting pot of all 5 division leagues. Monaco should walk it , but that was said many times in the past , only for the players to let the manager down ,Espanyol are dependent on their great keeper and defensive line, with Hamburg offering a more attacking approach.
Basel and Sampdoria with a great attack but weak defense, are interesting prosprects as both seem to be struggling early on. To survive in division 2, you will need 221 points, so only the top 6 would get promoted and not immediately bounce back.
At the other end , under 218 points means a huge struggle to survive , this should mean Spartak and Lyonais , will be doomed , maybe Lokomotive have more of a chance with a better keeper. Even so Spartak have a great start and have some good points in the bag,. Any team with a top 18 of 87 or more will also fancy a good cup run.