Real Madrid one game away from equalling unwanted league record
If Real Madrid are held away at Betis on week 8 then they would equal the club's league record for most consecutive draws
After being held by Eibar 0-0 at the Bernabéu on Sunday, Real Madrid are now just one game away from equaling their historic record for most consecutive La Liga draws. In four different seasons in the past have Los Blancos drawn four games in a row: in 1947/48, 1968/69, 1969/70 and 2006/07.
During the 1947/48 campaign, Real Madrid drew their first four games of the season against lcoyano (2-2), Nástic (3-3), Sabadell (3-3) and Barcelona (1-1) – the first and last of those coming at the Bernabéu. That year, Los Blancos finished the table in 11th position, avoiding the drop by two points.
In 68/69, the four draws came between week 23 and 26 in games versus Atlético (0-0), Barcelona (1-1), Pontevedra (2-2) and Granada (0-0). The Madrid derby and the match against Pontevedra were both at home. That season, Real finished as champions with only one defeat during the whole campaign.
The following season, the four draws fell on matchdays 27, 28, 29 and 30: Celta (2-2 at home), Mallorca (1-1 away), Granada (0-0 away) and Zaragoza (2-2 at home). Real Madrid ended the season in sixth place.
It was 37 years later until an equal run of draws occurred again. In 2006/07, Fabio Capello’s side was held by Betis (0-0), Atlético (1-1), Getafe (1-1) and Barcelona (3-3), with the Betis and Getafe clashes both at the Bernabéu. Madrid took the LaLiga trophy that year by the skin of their noses, winning it on goal difference over Barça.
This season, Zidane’s Madrid have drawn against Villarreal (1-1), Las Palmas (2-2) and Eibar (1-1), and have so far accumulated 15 points over six games (the same total that Benitez had at the same stage last year).
Betis up next
After the international break, Real Madrid will visit Real Betis, the scene of 50 league meetings between the two sides, where the record stands at 18 Madrid victories, 18 Betis wins, and 14 draws.