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Is the gap closing between top three and rest of SWPL?

A glance at the SWPL table compared to last season may indicate the gap is closing between the top three and the rest of the league.

There's still no doubt Rangers, Celtic and Glasgow City are the three sides challenging for the league title with the two Edinburgh teams 17 points behind third place, but it hasn't been a walk in the park for any of them this season against some tough opposition.

Hearts, Hibs and Partick Thistle are on track for a much better points total than last year. In fact, the latter two have both already exceeded their total points tally from last season with nine games remaining in this campaign.

But the stats show the top three are still quite a bit ahead. When it comes to goals conceded from set pieces, the top three are massively outperforming the rest of the field.

The trio have conceded just 10 goals combined from set-piece situations (Rangers one, Celtic three and Glasgow City six). Hearts are the only other side in the league who are on less than 10 (five) and the teams at the bottom of the table are in the high 20s.

At the other end of the pitch, the top three's attacking threat is significantly higher too.

Celtic have scored 73 goals from open play, Rangers are on 77 and City are a little behind on 50. Hearts and Hibs are closest on 40 and 41 but the rest of the sides in the league are struggling to reach the 20 mark, and Dundee United have netted just 10 open play goals.