La Liga Opta Facts - 27-29 March
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Malaga v Tenerife
- This will be the sixth top-flight meeting between these two sides: Malaga have won both fixtures at home so far, two draws and a win to Tenerife complete the record.
- Malaga have drawn only once in their last 11 league games.
- Malaga have lost four of their last five matches in La Liga, a 2-0 home win over Villarreal completes the record.
- Tenerife have picked up only four points in their last six league games (one win, one draw and four losses), conceding 17 goals in the process.
- Away from home, José Luis Oltra's side are on a run of four consecutive defeats, and have picked up only two points from their last 13 games.
- In fact, Tenerife are the only side in La Liga yet to win their first game on the road this term.
- Tenerife have conceded the most goals so far in La Liga (56).
Mallorca v Barcelona
- These two sides have not shared the points in the last 15 La Liga meetings (12 wins for the Blaugrana and three for Mallorca, including in the last meeting at the ONO Estadi, back in May).
- Prior to that, Barca had notched-up six consecutive wins in the Balearic Islands against Mallorca in La Liga.
- This season, Mallorca have won 12 of their 13 home fixtures in the league, losing only to Sevilla.
- Gregorio Manzano's side would be third in the table, taking into account only home games this season, with 36 points (only one behind Barcelona, and six fewer than Real Madrid).
- Barcelona are unbeaten in the last six match-days (five wins and a draw).
- However, Pep Guardiola's side have managed only one win (4-2 in Zaragoza) in their last three games on the road, losing to Atletico Madrid and sharing a draw with Almeria.
- Barcelona have the best defence of this competition (only 19 goals conceded so far).
- Mallorca have scored 73% of their goals after half-time (33 out of 45).
Real Zaragoza v Valencia
- Valencia are unbeaten in their last 16 league meetings with Real Zaragoza (10 wins and six draws).
- However, three of the last four meetings in Zaragoza between these two sides have ended as draws, always with the same score-line (2-2).
- Real Zaragoza have managed only one win in their last eight home games in La Liga - four defeats and three draws in the process.
- Valencia have won two consecutive league games without conceding a single goal.
- Away from home, Unai Emery's side are winless in their last five league games (two draws and three defeats).
- Half of Real Zaragoza's goals this season (16 out of 32) have been scored from set-piece situations, currently the highest ratio in La Liga.
Osasuna v Almeria
- This will be the eighth meeting between Osasuna and Almeria in the top-flight: each side has won three times so far, with a draw rounding of the record.
- Osasuna have won each of their previous three meetings with Almeria at home in La Liga, with the guests always scoring one goal.
- Osasuna are winless in the last seven match-days of this campaign (five losses and two draws), and they've lost their last three games.
- In Pamplona, José Antonio Camacho's side have failed to win their last three games (draws with Real Madrid and Getafe, defeat against Racing).
- Almeria have won only once in the last 10 away games of this campaign, losing six times.
Deportivo La Coruña v Getafe
- These two sides have met 11 times in La Liga so far: the Galicians lead by six wins to one, with four draws completing the record.
- At home, Deportivo are still unbeaten against Getafe, in light of three wins and two draws (both by 1-1 in the last two meetings at the Riazor).
- Deportivo are winless in their last three league games, from which have picked up only one point.
- Getafe have only one win in the last nine match-days of La Liga.
- Away from home, Míchel's side have picked up only two points from their last six games.
- Deportivo have conceded only six goals from set-pieces this term - a league-joint low.
Xerez v Real Valladolid
- The goalless draw in the reverse fixture is the only previous meeting between these two sides in the top-flight.
- Xerez have suffered only one defeat against Real Valladolid in their last five league fixtures.
- Real Valladolid have not conceded any goals in their last two league games, picking up four points; prior to this, they had lost three consecutive games.
- Away from home, their win against Deportivo ended a run of 10 consecutive games without victory for Onésimo Sánchez's side.
- Xerez, alongside Espanyol, have the worst attack in La Liga (only 21 goals scored).
- Real Valladolid have conceded the joint-most goals in the first 15 minutes of play in this campaign (eight).
Espanyol v Sporting Gijon
- Sporting have won five of their last seven league meetings with Espanyol - one win for the Catalans and a draw complete the record.
- Espanyol have failed to score in three of their last four meetings with Sporting in the top-flight.
- At home, Espanyol are winless against Sporting in six games, since April 1992 (three defeats and as many draws).
- Currently though, Mauricio Pochettino's side are on a run of seven unbeaten games at their ground, and have not conceded a single goal in the last four.
- Sporting have lost six of their last seven games on the road; a win in Zaragoza completes this record.
- Espanyol have scored the joint-fewest goals so far in La Liga (21).
- The Catalans have also conceded the most in the final 15 minutes of play this season (15).
- Sporting have already lost 18 points from leading situations this season - a league-high.
Villarreal v Sevilla
- Sevilla have won their last four consecutive meetings with Villarreal in La Liga, keeping a clean sheet in three of those.
- At El Madrigal, there have been two wins for each of these two sides and four draws so far in La Liga.
- Since the appointment of Juan Carlos Garrido, the "Yellow Submarine" have collected only 10 points in seven games, as a result of three wins, as many defeats and a draw.
- These three wins have come in the last three fixtures at home, against Athletic Bilbao, Deportivo and Xerez.
- His predecessor, Ernesto Valverde, had collected 11 points in his last seven games in charge, before being replaced by Garrido.
- Sevilla have also sacked their manager, Manolo Jiménez, following their exit from the Champions League and last Tuesday's draw with bottom side, Xerez.
- The Andalusians have only managed three points from the last five match-days of La Liga (three draws and two defeats).
- Away from home, Sevilla have lost five of their last six fixtures in the league.
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid
- Next Sunday's game will be the 146th Madrid derby in La Liga: Real lead by 78 wins to 35, with 32 draws so far.
- Atletico's last win over Real was over 10 years ago, in October 1999, when the Colchoneros managed to win 3-1 at the Bernabeu; since then Real have notched-up 10 wins and six draws in this derby.
- However, the Merengues have won only three of their last eight league meetings with Atletico at home, sharing four draws and losing once.
- Real Madrid are on a run of 10 consecutive wins in La Liga.
- Manuel Pellegrini's side remain the only team in La Liga to have won all of their home fixtures in this campaign (14 so far).
- Atletico have collected only two points from their last five games on the road.
- Real Madrid boast the best attack of this competition (78 goals scored), and have always netted three or more goals in their last nine league fixtures.
- Real Madrid have always won when they have taken the lead this season (23 times); no other side has a 100% record.
Athletic Bilbao v Racing Santander
- Athletic Bilbao are unbeaten in their last four league meetings with Racing (two wins and as many draws).
- Racing have netted only one goal in their last five visits to Athletic in La Liga.
- Three of the last four meetings between these two sides at the San Mames have ended goalless.
- Athletic have won only one of their last five fixtures in the league.
- Joaquín Caparrós' side are unbeaten at home in their last six games (five wins before the 2-2 draw with Getafe).
- Racing have won only once in their last nine league games: five draws and three losses complete the record.
- Racing are the only side in La Liga yet to score a goal in the first 15 minutes of play.
- Athletic have conceded 76% of their goals (26 out of 34) in the second half this term, the highest ratio in La Liga.
- Racing have gained the most points from trailing situations so far in La Liga (12).