Real Madrid went top of the Spanish La Liga table following a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao, and Zinedine Zidane’s men are one of two sides still unbeaten nine games into the season.
Finishing just a point off champions Barcelona in 2015/16, Real Madrid have picked up where they left off and currently have their destiny in their own hands in the title race.
Zidane enjoying fantastic league form since taking charge
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has enjoyed a fantastic start to life in charge of the club. While winning the Champions League with Los Blancos, Real’s La Liga form has been a real highlight in the 29 domestic outings he’s taken charge of. Zidane has enjoyed a 79% win ratio in the league with Real since his appointment in January, suffering just one defeat in 10 months.
Zidane’s impressive points-per-game average of 2.55 would land Real Madrid with 97 points this season, more than enough to seal the title. Los Blancos are currently top of La Liga with 21 points from nine games, boasting six wins and three draws to their name, and are dreaming of a title for the first time in four years.
Inconsistency of title rivals
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are the only two sides who have won the title since Real Madrid’s 2012 triumph and have been regulars in the top-three over the last few seasons. However, 2016/17 sees Barcelona and Atletico looking human of late, having dropped points in seven games between them.
Luis Enrique’s Barcelona side suffered defeat in just 13% of their 38 league games last season en route to winning the title, but the Catalans have lost 22% of their outings in the division this season. Barcelona have dropped points in a third of their games already, and two visiting clubs have taken points off Barca at the Nou Camp already.
Atletico haven’t fared any better, sitting fifth in La Liga, having dropped points in 44% in their games. Diego Simeone’s men are only a win away from going top of the table, but Real Madrid are the form side in the division early on and will be desperate to finally keep their place at the summit.
To come so close last season will hurt the Castilians, and they will be determined to ensure their unbeaten start isn’t in vain this time round. Real Madrid are 13/8 to win La Liga this season.
Can Los Blancos finally deliver?