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Rupert Wyman 17th Mar 2011 - 17:35

La Liga Opta Facts - 19th - 20th March

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Athletic de Bilbao - Villarreal

  • Athletic de Bilbao have lost eight of their last nine league meetings with the Yellow Submarine.
  • Villarreal have won only one of their last seven matches in Liga BBVA.
  • The Yellow Submarine have won only two of their 10 league away games since the start of last October.
  • Villarreal have scored only once in each of their last three league games, each time the lone goal coming from Giuseppe Rossi.
  • After a run of four straight league defeats, Athletic are now unbeaten in their last two.
  • Bilbao have either conceded at least twice and lost (four times), or conceded one or fewer and won (10 times) at home in the league this season.
  • Athletic (10-3) and Villarreal (11-4) are the two sides with the biggest disparity between games won at home and away this season in Liga BBVA (seven).

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Atlético de Madrid - Real Madrid

  • It is 18 games and over 10 years since Atlético last managed a league win over their city rivals (3-1 at the Bernabéu in October 1999).
  • Both sides have found the net in eight of the last 10 league clashes between Atlético and Real Madrid.
  • Real Madrid have lost on only one of their last 16 league visits to the Vicente Calderón, and have taken 22 points from the last 24 available there.
  • Atlético are unbeaten in their last five league matches, their best run since the 2008/09 campaign.
  • Real Madrid have dropped points in three of their last five away league matches (two draws, one defeat).
  • Atlético de Madrid are one of only four teams whom Cristiano Ronaldo has faced more than once but never scored against in Liga BBVA.
  • Diego Forlán has scored in three of his last four league appearances against the Merengues.
  • Between them, Sergio Agüero and Diego Forlán have scored four goals in the colchoneros´ last two league games, as many as they had in the previous 13 combined.
  • Karim Benzema has scored twice in each of Real´s last three league games, accounting for six of his tally of nine league goals this season.

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Barcelona - Getafe

  • Getafe have only ever beaten Barcelona once in the top flight in 13 meetings: 2-0 at the Camp Nou in November 2007.
  • Barça have won their last four league matches against the azulones.
  • Getafe have not won on the road in the league in 2011, winning just one of their 12 matches home and away.
  • Barcelona have scored in their last 26 league matches.
  • All three of the azulones´ league goals in their last five matches have been netted by Manu del Moral, who has also netted an own goal in this period.
  • Lionel Messi has scored in three of Barcelona´s last four league matches at the Camp Nou.
  • The Argentine has scored in the last four meetings between the Blaugrana and Getafe.
  • The last time Barcelona failed to win two consecutive league matches was in May 2009.
  • Getafe have scored five goals from throw ins this season, at least two more than any other side in Liga BBVA.

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Deportivo de la Coruña - Levante

  • Depor have won five of their seven top-flight meetings with Levante since 2004.
  • The four top-flight encounters between the sides at Deportivo have ended in three 1-0 wins for the home side, and one 0-0 draw.
  • Defeat in their last match at Espanyol ended a run of five league games unbeaten for Deportivo.
  • Deportivo have lost only one of their 10 league games at the Riazor since the start of October.
  • Levante have lost only one of their last eight league games, away to Real Madrid, winning five.
  • The granotas have not scored more than once away from home in any league game this season.
  • Just one of Felipe Caicedo´s 11 league goals this season has come away from home (vs Sporting).
  • No Depor player has scored more than five league goals this season.

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Hércules - Osasuna

  • Hércules have taken only two points from their last seven top-flight meetings with Osasuna.
  • However the rojillos have won on only one of their five visits to Hércules in Primera (three draws).
  • The herculanos have failed to score in eight of their last 10 games in Liga BBVA.
  • Hércules have kept just two clean sheets in 13 matches at home in the league this season.
  • Osasuna have recently won back-to-back league games for the first time this season.
  • A win in their last away trip ended a run of 21 league games on the road without a victory for Osasuna, a period during which they picked up just two points.
  • Osasuna´s substitutes have scored a total of six goals this season, the joint-most in Liga BBVA.
  • The rojillos are also the only side not to have conceded a goal to a substitute in the competition this season.
  • Osasuna have the most different goalscorers in Liga BBVA this season (15), though none has more than five.
  • Only four players have scored more than once for Hércules in the league this season, fewer than any other side (Trezeguet, Valdez, Drenthe and Paz).

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Málaga - Espanyol

  • Nine of the last10 league meetings between Málaga and Espanyol have ended in wins for the side playing at home.
  • The Andalucians have netted 20 goals in their last seven top-flight matches at home to Espanyol.
  • Málaga have only kept one clean sheet at home in the league this season.
  • Espanyol have drawn only once this season. Only once in a 38-game Primera has a side previously drawn just one game in a full campaign.
  • The Catalonians are on a run of three straight defeats on the road in the league.
  • Espanyol´s José Callejón is one of only three outfield players to have started every Liga BBVA match this season, but will miss this game through suspension.
  • The Catalonians lost all seven league matches when he wasn´t in the starting XI last season.

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Mallorca - Real Zaragoza

  • Mallorca have won their last four league matches at home to Real Zaragoza.
  • Zaragaoza have found the net in all but one of their last nine league trips to the islanders´ ground.
  • The bermellones have won only two of their last 10 matches in Liga BBVA.
  • They have also lost back-to-back league games at home for the first time since January 2007.
  • The last team to play at Mallorca was Valencia, who won 2-1. Zaragoza played los che in their last league match, winning 4-0 at home.
  • Real Zaragoza have won the joint-fewest away games in Liga BBVA this season (one).
  • Eight of los maños´ last 11 league goals have come from set pieces.

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Sporting - Almería

  • Sporting have scored exactly once in all five meetings in Primera with Almería.
  • The team from Gijón have won both of their top-flight meetings with Almería 1-0.
  • Sporting have won only one of their last seven league games.
  • However they are unbeaten in their last five at home in Liga BBVA, winning three and conceding just one goal in the process.
  • Only four sides have conceded fewer goals on the road than Almería in La Liga this season (20).
  • Despite this the rojiblancos have not kept an away clean sheet in the league since September.
  • Almeria are one of only two teams in Liga BBVA to have won more games on the road (three) than at home (two) this season.

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Racing - Real Sociedad

  • Racing have won only one of their last six league games at home, drawing four.
  • Racing are on a winless run of four games in Liga BBVA, the same as Real Sociedad.
  • Real Sociedad have only failed to score in two away matches in the league this season, at Barcelona and Mallorca.
  • The last meeting between the sides in the top flight in Santander ended in a win for the home side, the first in eight attempts (two draws).
  • The txuri-urdin have benefitted from the most own goals in Liga BBVA this season (three).
  • Real Sociedad have conceded the most left-footed goals in the competition this season (19).
  • Real Sociedad have dropped the most points after winning away from home in La Liga this season (11).
  • A higher proportion of home teams have won under José Luis Paradas Romero this season (10 of 13) than any other Liga BBVA referee.
  • However Racing have never won with this referee in the top flight.

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Valencia - Sevilla

  • Valencia have failed to score in their last two league matches on home soil, something they had not failed to do all season prior to this.
  • Sevilla have managed just one win in their last seven league away games.
  • Valencia have won 10 of their 12 league meetings with sides from Andalucia in the last two seasons, the only exceptions being defeats at the hands of Sevilla.
  • Between Sevilla´s match at Valencia and Jesus Navas´ goal against Barcelona, Álvaro Negredo was the only Spanish player to score for the hispalenses.
  • None of the last 21 league meetings between the sides at Valencia have ended goalless.
  • Los che have scored the most goals from corners in Liga BBVA this season (10).
  • Valencia have won five league matches in which they have been behind in La Liga this season, more than any other side.
  • Sevilla are unbeaten in three league matches in which Sergio Sánchez has played this season.
  • Frédéric Kanouté has seen only two red cards in his league career with Sevilla, the first coming at the Mestalla last season.

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