Spanish La Liga Opta Facts - 20 - 21 February
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Spanish La Liga Opta Facts
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st February 2010
Almeria v Atletico Madrid
- These two sides have met only nine times in La Liga so far: Almeria have won twice, Atletico have won four times and there have been three draws, including 2-2 earlier this season.
- Almeria are unbeaten at home against Atletico; winning the first two meetings and drawing the ensuing two.
- Almeria have drawn four of their last six league fixtures, a defeat to Sevilla and a win against Sporting complete the record.
- At home, Juan Manuel Lillo's side are unbeaten in four games (two wins and as many draws).
- Last Sunday, Atletico ended Barcelona's unbeaten run with a 2-1 win at the Calderon, securing their first win in four league fixtures.
- However, away from home the Colchoneros have lost only one of their last five fixtures, enjoying two wins and as many draws in this spell.
- Diego Forlan has netted two goals in his last two league games, and he also scored in the reverse fixture against Almeria.
Athletic Bilbao v Tenerife
- Since 1993, Athletic and Tenerife have shared the points only once in 16 league meetings, with the Basques leading by nine wins to six.
- Athletic have had the better of Tenerife in five of their last seven meetings, but Tenerife won the reverse fixture at home 1-0, last September.
- That win ended a run of six consecutive wins for Athletic in this fixture at home, and was the first time the Canarians managed to score at the San Mames, after failing to in their four previous visits.
- Athletic have lost three of their last four league fixtures.
- However, at home they are on a run of three consecutive wins, and have kept a clean sheet in two of these.
- Tenerife have picked up only two points from their last 10 games on the road this season in La Liga.
Barcelona v Racing
- Barcelona are unbeaten in 12 league games with Racing (nine wins and three draws).
- At the Nou Camp, the Blaugrana had a run of 11 consecutive wins against Racing prior to the 1-1 draw last time out, in September 2008.
- Barca are unbeaten in the last 18 occasions that they have hosted Racing; the visitors' last win at the Camp Nou was in February 1983, when they won 2-0.
- Last Sunday's defeat against Atletico was Barcelona's first this season in La Liga, and was also the first time the Blaugrana have been behind in a game this term.
- At home Pep Guardiola has dropped only two points this season in La Liga, drawing 1-1 with Villarreal and winning the remaining nine fixtures.
- Racing have won only one of their last five fixtures in the league, but away from home have picked up seven points in their last three games.
- Racing have collected 16 of their 25 points this term away from home: Miguel Ángel Portugal's side would be fourth in the table if only away games counted.
- Despite suffering their first defeat last Sunday, Barca still have the best defence in La Liga (only 13 goals conceded).
- Messi & co. also boast the best attack of the competition (53 goals scored).
Deportivo La Coruña v Xerez
- Deportivo won 3-0 in their only previous meeting with Xerez, the reverse fixture of this season back in September.
- Deportivo have suffered two defeats and a draw in the last three match-days, they have also failed to score in the last two.
- Xerez have won only once in the last 15 match-days of La Liga, and have lost their last two.
- Néstor Gorosito's side are still on target for their first ever away win in the top-flight, after seven defeats and three goalless draws in the first 10 so far.
- Xerez have scored only 12 goals so far, a league-low.
Malaga v Espanyol
- These two sides have not shared the points in their last 14 meetings in the league (seven wins each).
- Espanyol have won four of their last five meetings with Malaga, however the Andalusians have won three of their last four at home, scoring an average of four goals a game.
- Malaga have suffered only one defeat in the last 13 match-days of La Liga, but they have managed only four wins in this run, being held to a draw on eight occasions.
- Espanyol have lost their last six consecutive away games in La Liga.
- Mauricio Pochettino's side have also failed to score a single goal in their last eight games on the road.
- Espanyol have conceded the most goals in the final 15 minutes of play this season (12).
Mallorca v Sevilla
- Sevilla are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Mallorca in La Liga (three wins and a draw).
- At home, Mallorca have failed to beat Sevilla in the last eight league meetings, with the guests winning four times.
- Mallorca are alongside Real Madrid the only sides in La Liga to have won all of their home games so far (respectively 10 and 11).
- Mallorca have kept seven clean sheets in 10 home games so far.
- Sevilla have won three of their last four fixtures in La Liga, but the Andalusians are on a run of three consecutive defeats away from home.
- Luis Fabiano scored the winner last Sunday against Osasuna, after not starting a game in the previous eight match-days of La Liga, due to an injury.
Osasuna v Real Valladolid
- Osasuna are unbeaten in their last nine league meetings with Real Valladolid, but have managed only two wins in the process.
- Osasuna's win back in September followed a run of six consecutive draws in the league between these two sides.
- Osasuna are unbeaten at home in their last 10 meetings with Real Valladolid, but have been held to a draw in the last four.
- Real Valladolid have managed only one win in Pamplona so far in 24 meetings with Osasuna in the top flight.
- Defeat against Sevilla last Sunday ended a run of four consecutive wins for Osasuna in the league.
- Osasuna have kept three consecutive clean sheets at home in the league (two wins and a draw).
- Real Valladolid are winless in their last eight away games in La Liga (five defeats and three wins), and have failed to score in two of their last three.
Real Madrid v Villarreal
- Real Madrid have won three of their last four league games against Villarreal; last season's 3-2 win for the Yellow Submarine completes the record.
- At the Bernabeu, Real are unbeaten against Villarreal in 10 previous league meetings (seven wins, including the last two, and three draws).
- Real are on a run of four consecutive wins in La Liga, and have won all their home games this season (11).
- Real Madrid have kept the most clean sheets this season in the league (13, eight of which have been at home).
- On the other hand, Villarreal have kept only one clean sheet in their last 25 away games in La Liga.
- Villarreal have lost seven of their last nine away games of this campaign, including the last two against Valencia and Mallorca.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored two braces in his last two starts in the league, making his total tally for the season of 11 goals in 13 appearances, one less than Real's top-scorer Gonzalo Higuain.
- Real Madrid have been the most prolific side in the first 15 minutes of play (eight goals), while Villarreal have conceded the most in this period of play (eight goals).
- Real are the only side to have won all of the games in which they have led in so far (17).
Real Zaragoza v Sporting Gijon
- Real Zaragoza are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Sporting Gijon in La Liga: two wins preceding two draws.
- However, Sporting's last visit to Zaragoza was in March 1998 and ended as a goalless draw.
- Real Zaragoza are unbeaten at home against Sporting in their last 16 meetings, and have not conceded a single goal in the last two.
- José Aurelio Gay's side have picked up seven points from their last three league fixtures (two wins and a draw).
- However, at home they have won only once in their last five games, failing to score in three.
- Last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Valencia ended a run of four consecutive defeats for Sporting.
- Away from home, Manuel Preciado's side have lost their last four league games, conceding more than two goals in each of these games.
- Four of Sporting's last five goals in this campaign have been scored by midfielder Diego Castro, currently Gijon's top scorer on eight goals this term.
- Real Zaragoza have already conceded 44 goals so far, a league-high.
Valencia v Getafe
- This will be the 12th meeting between these two sides in the top flight: Valencia lead by five wins to four, two draws completes the record.
- At the Mestalla, the hosts are unbeaten in this fixture, with four wins (including the last consecutive three) and a draw.
- Valencia have managed only one win in the last four match-days of La Liga, at home against Real Valladolid (2-0).
- At home, Unai Emery's side are on a run of three consecutive wins, and have conceded only one goal in the process.
- Getafe have recorded only one win in the last six match-days of La Liga, losing three times and sharing two draws.
- Away from home, Míchel's side have lost their last three games, and are yet to draw this term.
- Roberto Soldado has netted two goals in his last two league games, and is currently Getafe's top-scorer with 12 goals this season.