Saturday evening should be a historic night at the Bernabeu, where Real Madrid play their final La Liga game of 2016 before heading off to the Club World Cup. Should Zinedine Zidane’s men avoid defeat against struggling Deportivo La Coruna, theny would set a new club record of 35 consecutive games without a defeat.
The run has been tested recently with tough ties against Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund yet Madrid have come through those matches with their record still in tact, sitting six points clear at the top of La Liga and into the last 16 of the Champions League.
This game should afford Madrid a straight-forward way to set a new a record and ensure they end the year top of the table, even without Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been left out of the matchday squad.
Deportivo stunned everyone on Monday night by thrashing the division’s form team, Real Sociedad, 5-1 in La Coruna. Gaizka Garitano’s men have been playing well in recent weeks, scoring 10 goals in their last three games, yet have been undone by some poor defending at key moments.
Away from home the Galicians have an extremely poor record and their only win on the road in the last 13 months came back in May. Included in that run of 19 games is the last meeting between these sides at the Bernabeu in January, a game which was Zidane’s first in charge and one which the hosts won by a comfortable 5-0 scoreline.