La Liga Opta Facts - April 10-11th
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10-11 April 2010
Athletic Bilbao v Almeria
- This will be the 10th meeting between these two sides in the top-flight: both have won three times so far, there have also been three draws.
- In Bilbao, the hosts won the first two meetings; a draw and a win for the guests in the last fixture complete the record.
- The Basque side have won only one of their last five league games, recording two draws and as many defeats in the process.
- Joaquín Caparrós' side have conceded two or more goals in each of their last four league games (11 in total).
- However, at home they are unbeaten in their last seven games (six wins and a draw).
- Athletic have conceded 73% of their goals (30 out of 41) after the break - currently the highest ratio in La Liga.
Deportivo La Coruña v Racing Santander
- Deportivo are unbeaten in their last four meetings against Racing in the league - three wins for the Galicians and a goalless draw.
- However, at the Riazor the hosts have won only three of the last 10 times they have hosted Racing, losing five times and sharing the points twice.
- Miguel Ángel Lotina's side are on a run of four consecutive defeats in the league.
- Racing have picked up only one point from their last three fixtures in La Liga (a goalless draw with Mallorca).
- Half of Deportivo's goals have been scored from set pieces this season (16 out of 32) - currently the highest ratio in La Liga.
Espanyol v Atletico Madrid
- Atletico Madrid have won their last four meetings with Espanyol in La Liga.
- Prior to this, Atletico had notched-up five wins and three draws against the Catalans.
- Overall, Mauricio Pochettino's side have won only once in the last eight match-days of this campaign, and have drawn their last three fixtures, scoring only one goal in the process.
- However, the Catalans remain unbeaten in their last eight games at home (five wins and three draws), and have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five at their own ground.
- Atletico have collected only two points from their last six games on the road in La Liga.
- Diego Forlan has scored a goal in each of his last four league appearances for Atletico.
- Osvaldo has netted four of his side's last five goals.
- Espanyol have scored only 22 goals this term - a league-low; 13 of these goals have come in the second half.
Malaga v Sevilla
- The last two Andalusian derbies between these two sides ended 2-2.
- Malaga have won only one of their last five league meetings against Sevilla.
- Juan Ramón Muñiz's side have won only one of their last seven league games, and picked up only one point from the last three.
- At home, Malaga have suffered only one defeat in the last 10 fixtures in La Liga - five draws and four defeats complete the record.
- Last Saturday's 3-0 win over Tenerife ended Sevilla's six-game winless run in La Liga.
- Away from home, Sevilla have lost six of their last seven league fixtures, including the last three.
- 45% of the goals conceded by Malaga (17 out of 38) have come from set pieces this season - currently the highest ratio in this campaign.
Mallorca v Valencia
- Valencia have won 10 of the last 15 league meetings with Mallorca, who have won just three times, there have been only two draws along the way, including in the reverse fixture (1-1).
- These two sides have shared two wins each in the last four occasions they have met at Mallorca's ground in La Liga.
- Mallorca have won only one of their last five league games - two draws and as many defeats complete the record.
- At home, Gregorio Manzano's side are the only side alongside Real Madrid yet to draw this season (12 wins and two defeats so far).
- Valencia have won three of their last four league games, without conceding a single goal.
- However, Unai Emery's side are winless in their last six games on the road, and are on a run of three consecutive defeats away from the Mestalla.
Osasuna v Real Zaragoza
- Osasuna have won their last two league meetings with Real Zaragoza, both 1-0.
- Osasuna are unbeaten in the last four fixtures against Real Zaragoza in Pamplona, but have been held to a draw by the guests in three of these.
- José Antonio Camacho's side have managed only one win in the last nine match-days of La Liga - two draws and six defeats complete the record.
- Real Zaragoza have won their last two league fixtures, keeping a clean sheet in both.
- However, away from home José Aurelio Gay's side have not scored a goal in their last two games (goalless draw in Santander and 0-1 defeat at Almeria).
- Osasuna have scored the joint-fewest goals in the second half so far in this campaign (13).
Real Madrid v Barcelona
- Barcelona have won their last three meetings against Real Madrid, netting an average of three goals per game.
- These two sides have shared three wins each in their last six meetings at the "Bernabeu", including Barca's incredible 6-2 win in their last visit to Real Madrid.
- On that occasion, Leo Messi, current top-scorer in La Liga with 26 goals, scored a brace; the Argentine Ballon d'Or has already netted six goals against Real Madrid.
- On the other side, Gonzalo Higuaín has netted eight goals in his last five league appearances (24 overall in this campaign, the second-most behind Messi).
- Manuel Pellegrini's side are on a run of 12 consecutive league wins, and have notched-up 15 wins in a row at home.
- Pep Guardiola's side are on a run of seven wins and a draw in La Liga, but have managed to win only two of their last four fixtures away from home.
- Real Madrid and Barcelona boast the best attacks of La Liga - respectively 83 and 75 goals scored this season.
- Barca also boast the best defence - only 19 goals conceded.
Tenerife v Real Valladolid
- Real Valladolid are unbeaten in their last six league meetings with Tenerife (three wins and as many draws).
- This will be the 11th meeting between these two sides in Tenerife in the top-flight: both sides have won three times, four draws complete the record.
- Tenerife have picked up only two points from their last four league fixtures.
- Real Valladolid have won the fewest games in La Liga, only four so far, while Tenerife have suffered the joint-most defeats (17, alongside Xerez).
- Real Valladolid have shared the most draws in La Liga this season (12).
- Real Valladolid have picked up only one point from their last three league games, and have not scored a single goal in the process.
- Tenerife have conceded the most goals in this competition this term - 61.
Villarreal v Sporting Gijon
- These two sides have met only three times in the top-flight so far: Villarreal lead by two wins to one.
- The Yellow Submarine won their only previous meeting at home against Sporting (2-1, in February 2009).
- Villarreal have notched-up two wins and a draw in their last three league fixtures, and have kept a clean sheet in the last two.
- At home, Juan Carlos Garrido's side are on a run of four consecutive wins, and have not conceded a single goal in the last three games on their own soil.
- Sporting have drawn their last two league games, and suffered only one defeat in their last five.
- However, away from home Manuel Preciado's side have scored only one goal from their last three league fixtures, and won only one of their last 10.
Xerez v Getafe
- Getafe's 5-1 win in the reverse fixture is the only previous meeting between these two sides in the top-flight.
- Xerez are unbeaten in their last four league games (two wins and as many draws) - currently their best run in the top-flight.
- At home, Néstor Gorosito's side have collected seven points from their last three games.
- Getafe are unbeaten in their last three games on the road (two draws and a 3-1 win in their last outing against Deportivo at the Riazor).
- Getafe have shared only five draws so far this term - only Real Madrid (two) have drawn less games.