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Jon Riley 27th Jan 2011 - 12:48

Spanish La Liga Opta Facts 29-31 January

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Atletico Madrid v Athletic Bilbao

  • Atlético Madrid have won three of their last four league meetings with Athletic Bilbao.
  • Los colchoneros have only failed to find the net in one of their last 19 league clashes at home to the Basque side.
  • Athletic de Bilbao have lost on their last four trips to play sides from Madrid, shipping 14 goals in the process.
  • Atlético have kept a clean sheet in their last three league matches at the Vicente Calderón.
  • Athletic Bilbao have won only one of their last eight league matches away from home.
  • The Basque side have scored the most headed goals in the league this season (15 - seven more than any other side).
  • Athletic Bilbao have also scored the most goals from set pieces (15).
  • In their last match, Atlético did not manage a shot on target until the fourth minute of injury time.

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Deportivo La Coruna v Sevilla

  • The last four league clashes between these sides have produced just four goals in total.
  • Sevilla have won just two of their last 24 matches at the Riazor in the Spanish top flight.
  • Depor´s keeper Manu made 10 saves in the meeting between the sides earlier this season, the most by any goalie without being beaten in Liga BBVA this season.
  • Deportivo are on a run of three straight league defeats, failing to score in each match.
  • Sevilla have won three of their last four league matches.
  • All but four of Deportivo´s 15 league goals this season have come from set pieces.
  • Luis Fabiano has scored seven goals in his last eight league starts with Sevilla.
  • The team from Andalusia have hit the woodwork on the joint-most occasions in the league this season (10).
  • However they have only once been saved by their own goalframe (the fewest).

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Espanyol v Villarreal

  • Espanyol have failed to find the net in their last six league meetings with Villarreal.
  • However three of the last five clashes have ended goalless, including the last two at Espanyol's ground.
  • The Catalonians are on a run of three straight league wins.
  • Luis Garcia has been involved in six of their nine goals in this period (two goals, four assists).
  • Villarreal have won only one of their last six league games on the road.
  • The Yellow Submarine has scored at least twice in its last five league matches: only once before have Villarreal scored two or more in six straight games in the top flight (2005).
  • Villarreal are the only team apart from Barcelona to boast two players who have scored at least 10 goals in the league this season (Nilmar and Giuseppe Rossi).
  • Villarreal have picked up more points from matches in which they have conceded first than any other Liga BBVA side this season (12).
  • In their last match, Espanyol won a league match that they were losing at half time for the first time since September 2009.

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Hercules v Barcelona

  • Hercules are the only side to have beaten Barcelona in the league this season, as well as being the only team to have stopped them from scoring.
  • Seven of Hércules nine shots in the game at the Nou Camp were on target.
  • Los Herculanos have won their last three matches against Barcelona in the top flight.
  • Not since 1965 has a side won four consecutive league meetings with the Blaugrana (Atlético Madrid).
  • Hércules have won their last four league games at home, netting 13 goals in these.
  • David Trezeguet has scored in all eight of his appearances at home for Hércules this season.
  • A win in this match would see Pep Guardiola´s men match the record for consecutive wins in the Spanish top flight (15, set by Real Madrid in 1961).
  • Barcelona have scored at least three times in 11 of their last 12 league games.
  • Pedro Rodríguez could become the first player to score in six consecutive Liga BBVA matches this season in this game.
  • Lionel Messi has already made 14 league assists in 2010/11: no player made more than this in the whole of last season.

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Levante v Getafe

  • Levante have won just one of their seven meetings with Getafe in the top flight.
  • However Los Granotes remain unbeaten at the Ciutat de Valencia, winning once and drawing twice at home to Getafe.
  • Levante are on a run of five straight league defeats - they could become the first Liga BBVA side to lose six in a row this season against Getafe.
  • However Luis Garcia´s men are unbeaten at home to sides from Madrid this season, drawing 0-0 with Real Madrid and winning 2-0 at home to Atlético.
  • Getafe have taken just one point from the last 12 available in Liga BBVA.
  • Despite losing their last three home league games, el Geta have taken seven points from their last three matches on the road.
  • Getafe have scored the most goals from throw ins in the league this season (three).
  • Levante have played the fewest passes in Liga BBVA this season (6402) and been the least accurate with these (70.5% reaching a team-mate).

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Malaga v Real Zaragoza

  • Málaga have lost just one of their last seven league games at home to Los Blanquillos.
  • The meeting between the sides earlier this season (5-3 win for Málaga at La Romareda), produced as many goals as the previous six combined.
  • Los boquerones have lost four of their last six league games, conceding at least three goals in each defeat.
  • Real Zaragoza are one of three sides yet to win away from home in Liga BBVA this season.
  • Only Hércules (three) have scored fewer goals on the road than los maños in the current campaign (four).
  • Málaga have used 32 different players in the league this season, more than any other side, including four separate goalkeepers.
  • Real Zaragoza have the lowest passing accuracy inside their own half this season (80.5%).
  • No side has conceded more penalties this season than Málaga (seven).

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Mallorca v Sporting Gijon

  • None of the last nine clashes between the sides in the top flight has ended in a draw (four wins for Mallorca).
  • The islanders have scored nine goals over their last three top flight meetings at home to Sporting Gijon.
  • Sporting Gijon have won back-to-back matches for the first time in the league this season.
  • The last time they won three in a row was in May 2009.
  • The Rojiblancos´ four league wins this season have come in the four matches when they have kept a clean sheet.
  • Mallorca have the best defence at home in Liga BBVA this season, shipping just four goals.
  • Michael Laudrup has made just 46 substitutions in Liga BBVA this season, at least 10 fewer than any other side.
  • Mallorca have been fouled on fewer occasions than any side in the league this season (234).
  • Sporting Gijon´s players have been booked on 74 occasions, more than any other team.

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Osasuna v Real Madrid

  • Osasuna have managed only one win in their last 13 league meetings with los merengues.
  • However, Real Madrid are without a win in their last two trips to the Reyno de Navarra (one defeat, one draw).
  • Real Madrid have only kept one clean sheet in their last seven league away matches.
  • Osasuna are on a run of eight league games without a win.
  • Los merengues have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target than any Liga BBVA side this season (56).
  • José Mourinho´s side are the only team to have four players who have played in every Liga BBVA game this season: Casillas, Di María, Ronaldo and Ozil.
  • If only the first half of matches counted in Liga BBVA this season, Real Madrid would be fifth.
  • Karim Benzema has been involved in more goals in four league games in 2011 (one goal, two assists), than he was in 15 prior to this (one goal, one assist).
  • Osasuna are one of only two sides yet to test the goalkeeper with a direct free kick this season.

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Racing v Valencia

  • Three of the last four league meetings between the sides have seen Valencia run out 1-0 winners, with one 0-0 draw in between.
  • Five of the last six clashes at Racing have ended in a 1-0 win (three for Racing, two for Los Che).
  • Racing have lost back-to-back league matches, though they are yet to lose three in a row this season.
  • Los montañeses have only scored more than once in two league matches this season.
  • Valencia are on a run of five straight league wins, though have moved only from fifth to fourth in the table as a result.
  • Each of these wins has come thanks to a goal scored in the last 15 minutes (three in the 90th).
  • Los Che have scored the most goals from corners in the league this season (nine).
  • Racing have the lowest goals-shots ratio in the Spanish top flight this season (7.3%).

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Real Sociedad v Almeria

  • The 2-2 draw between the sides earlier this season was the first meeting between Real Sociedad and Almeria in the Spanish top flight.
  • Almeria are currently on the longest run of Liga BBVA matches without a clean sheet (15).
  • The Andalusians have lost four of their last five league away matches, and won only one of their last seven.
  • Real Sociedad have lost five of their last six league games.
  • Despite being Almería´s top scorer in the league this season (seven goals), Leonardo Ulloa has come on as a substitute more often than any player in the Spanish top flight (14 times).
  • Real Sociedad have dropped 20 points after opening the scoring in league matches this season, had they held on in each game they would be third.
  • Almería have conceded the most corners in the league this season (153).
  • Real Sociedad have played the most crosses in Liga BBVA 2010/11 (487).
  • Erreala are the only side not to have received a red card this season.

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