La Liga Opta Facts - 13 - 15 April
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Almeria v Real Madrid
- Almeria have won only once against Real Madrid in La Liga (2-0 in February 2008); with the Merengues winning six times and two draws completing their record against one another.
- That win for Almeria was also the only occasion in which Real Madrid have failed to score in this fixture.
- At home, Almeria have lost only once in four meetings against Real so far however; in September 1980. Since then, the Andalusians have managed a win and a draw at home against the Blancos.
- Juan Manuel Lillo's side have picked up only one point from their last three league fixtures, as a result of two away defeats with Osasuna and Athletic, and a 1-1 draw at home with Mallorca.
- However, at home they are on a run of nine consecutive games without defeat in La Liga (five wins and four draws).
- Last Saturday's 2-0 defeat in the "Clasico" ended Real Madrid's 12-game unbeaten run in La Liga and was the first time the Merengues failed to score in the last 12 league games.
- Despite their defeat against Barcelona, Real Madrid still boast the best attack in La Liga (83 goals scored).
Atletico Madrid v Xerez
- Atletico's 2-0 win in the reverse fixture back in December is the only previous meeting between these two sides in La Liga.
- Atletico are on a run of five consecutive wins at home and have not conceded a single goal in the last three.
- Last Sunday's defeat against Getafe ended Xerez's four-game run in La Liga.
- Away from home, Xerez have won only once in the top flight, losing nine times and drawing on five occasions (including the last two).
- Diego Forlan has netted four goals in the last five match-days and is currently his side's top-scorer with 17 goals.
- Xerez have scored only 13 goals after the break - a league-low.
Barcelona v Deportivo La Coruña
- Barcelona have beaten Deportivo La Coruña in each of their last five league meetings at the Camp Nou.
- These two sides have not shared a draw in their last 13 meetings at Barcelona's ground, with the home side winning on 10 occasions.
- Last Saturday's win over Real Madrid has extended the Blaugrana's unbeaten run in La Liga to nine games, and consolidated their lead at the top of the table.
- Pep Guardiola's side are the only team in La Liga still unbeaten at home this season (14 wins, one draw).
- Barcelona boast the best defence this season in La Liga (19 goals conceded and 17 clean sheets) and have shipped only four goals in their last 10 games at home.
- Messi has now scored 27 goals in La Liga this term following his strike at Real Madrid, more than any other player.
- Deportivo are winless in their last six league games, from which they have collected only two points.
- Deportivo's last win on the road was back in November and since then the Galicians have managed only four draws and five defeats, scoring only three goals in the process.
Getafe v Villarreal
- These two sides have met only 11 times in La Liga so far, with Villarreal winning eight times and losing just once.
- Their head-to-head record at Getafe reads three wins for the hosts, one for Villarreal and one draw.
- Míchel's side have collected seven points from their last three fixtures, as result of the wins against Deportivo and Xerez, and their draw with Espanyol.
- They have managed only one win from their last six fixtures at home, drawing three times and losing twice.
- Villarreal are on a run of three consecutive wins in La Liga and have not conceded a single goal in the process.
- Only seven of Villarreal's 39 goals this season have been scored from set pieces (15%).
Osasuna v Malaga
- In the last 10 years Osasuna have beaten Malaga only once in La Liga (2-1 in Malaga in December 2005), losing on nine occasions and drawing five times.
- Osasuna's last win against Malaga in Pamplona came back in 1990 (2-0).
- José Antonio Camacho's side have won their last two fixtures at home against Almeria and Real Zaragoza, without conceding a single goal.
- Malaga have picked up only one point from their last four league games (1-1 at home with Tenerife), and have won only once in the last eight match-days of this campaign.
- Away from home, Juan Ramón Muñiz's side are on a run of four consecutive defeats, and have failed to score a single goal in their last three.
- Malaga have conceded only two goals in the first 15 minutes of play so far, a league-joint low.
Racing Santander v Espanyol
- Racing have won and kept a clean sheet three of their last four meetings against Espanyol; a 1-0 win for Espanyol in April 2009 completes their head-to-head record.
- Racing are unbeaten in their last four home encounters against Espanyol (two wins and as many draws).
- Overall, Racing have managed to win only one of their last 12 league fixtures, losing five times and sharing the points on six occasions.
- Miguel Ángel Portugal's side are winless in their last seven league games, and have not scored a single goal in their last five.
- Last Sunday's 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid ended a run of three consecutive draws for Racing in the league.
- Away from home, the Catalans have won only one game this season, back in September.
- Only Tenerife (three) have collected fewer points than Espanyol (eight) away from home this term.
- Espanyol have scored the fewest goals in La Liga this season (25).
- Racing are the only side of this competition yet to score their first goal in the opening 15 minutes of play.
Real Valladolid v Sevilla
- Real Valladolid are unbeaten on the last six occasions that they hosted Sevilla at the José Zorrilla (three wins and three draws).
- Sevilla have failed to score in three of their last four trips to Valladolid in La Liga.
- Real Valladolid have won only one of their last 16 league games.
- Javier Clemente's side have failed to score in their last four league games, though they still managed two points as result of two goalless draws.
- After failing to win six consecutive league games, Sevilla have won their last two against Tenerife and Malaga.
- Away from home, the Andalusians have lost six of their last eight fixtures - wins against Mallorca and Malaga complete the record.
- Real Valladolid have conceded 29 goals before half-time so far - a league-high.
Real Zaragoza v Mallorca
- Real Zaragoza have managed only one point from their last four league meetings against Mallorca, following a 2-2 draw in the last at the Romareda.
- José Aurelio Gay's side have won their last two fixtures at home, without conceding a single goal in the process.
- Mallorca have won only one of their last nine away games of this campaign - five defeats and three draws complete the record.
- Only 12 of Mallorca's 51 points this term have come away from home.
- Real Zaragoza have conceded the second-most goals in this campaign (55); only Tenerife (61) have a worse defensive record this season.
- Mallorca have scored 71% of their goals (35 out of 49) in the second half this season in La Liga.
Sporting Gijon v Tenerife
- Tenerife have won seven of their last eight league meetings with Sporting Gijon.
- Sporting have recorded only one win in their last 12 meetings against Tenerife in the top-flight - a 2-1 at home, back in December 1997.
- Overall, Sporting have won only one of their last seven league fixtures, losing three and drawing the other three games.
- At home, Manuel Preciado's side are unbeaten in their last five fixtures (two wins and three draws).
- Tenerife are the only La Liga side yet to win an away from home this term (three draws and 12 defeats).
- José Luis Oltra's side have conceded 61 goals this season - a league-high.
- Tenerife have scored the fewest goals before half-time (8).
Valencia v Athletic Bilbao
- Valencia have won their last two league meetings against Athletic Bilbao.
- Prior to this, the Basques had notched-up four consecutive wins against Valencia in the league.
- At the Mestalla, the hosts have beaten Athletic only once in their last five league meetings - drawing one three occasions and losing once.
- Unai Emery's side have a record of three wins and three defeats from their last six La Liga games.
- However, at home they have managed seven wins and a draw in 2010, and have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four fixtures in front of their own supporters.
- Athletic have picked up only three points from their last nine fixtures on the road, in light of three draws and six defeats.
- Fernando Llorente has netted 13 goals so far in this campaign, three of which have come in the last three matches.
- David Villa has scored 10 goals in La Liga against Athletic Bilbao, more than against any other side.