Which teams have made the best starts to 2016/17?

We are nearing the halfway mark for many of Europe’s top leagues in 2016/17 so who are the shining lights? We take a look at the top ten leagues according to the current UEFA association club coefficient rankings and discover a French team that can’t stop scoring and a couple of Portuguese sides adept at depriving others of the pleasure.

League leaders
Spain: Real Madrid
Germany: Bayern München*
England: Chelsea
Italy: Juventus*
France: Nice
Russia: Spartak Moskva
Portugal: Benfica*
Ukraine: Shakhtar Donetsk
Belgium: Club Brugge*
Turkey: İstanbul Başakşehir

*Reigning champions

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Chelsea are flying under Antonio Conte©AFP/Getty Images

Best start to league season (points per game)
2.78 Shakhtar Donetsk
2.53 Benfica
2.53 Chelsea
2.47 Juventus
2.47 Real Madrid

Home record (points per game)
3.00 Juventus
3.00 Roma
2.78 Shakhtar Donetsk
2.75 Porto
2.71 RB Leipzig
2.71 Benfica
2.71 Braga

Highlights: Perfect record for Shakhtar
Shakhtar: not bad in the Europa League either

Away record (points per game)
2.78 Shakhtar Donetsk
2.44 Chelsea
2.43 Real Madrid
2.43 İstanbul Başakşehir
2.38 Barcelona
2.38 Benfica

Best attack (goals per game)
2.95 Monaco
2.67 Real Madrid
2.56 Barcelona
2.41 Liverpool
2.38 Bayern München

Iker Casillas (Porto)
Still got it: Iker Casillas©AFP/Getty Images

Best defence (goals per game)
0.47 Porto
0.53 Benfica
0.56 Bayern München
0.61 Shakhtar Donetsk
0.65 Chelsea
0.65 CSKA Moskva

Still unbeaten
İstanbul Başakşehir
Real Madrid
Shakhtar Donetsk

Draw specialists
63% Hoffenheim
53% Osmanlıspor
50% Chaves
47% Lokomotiv Moskva
47% Gençlerbirliği

Statistics up to date as of time of publishing, ahead of games in Belgium, Portugal and Italy on Thursday

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